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Neolithic and Bronze AgeSite Name: Green Hill - Stall Moor Alternative Name: Upper Erme Row; Grinsell Lydford 101
Country: England County: Devon Type: Stone Row / Alignment
Nearest Town: Princetown
Map Ref: SX63666779  Landranger Map Number: 202
Latitude: 50.494005N  Longitude: 3.923545W
Condition:
5Perfect
4Almost Perfect
3Reasonable but with some damage
2Ruined but still recognisable as an ancient site
1Pretty much destroyed, possibly visible as crop marks
0No data.
-1Completely destroyed
3 Ambience:
5Superb
4Good
3Ordinary
2Not Good
1Awful
0No data.
4 Access:
5Can be driven to, probably with disabled access
4Short walk on a footpath
3Requiring a bit more of a walk
2A long walk
1In the middle of nowhere, a nightmare to find
0No data.
2 Accuracy:
5co-ordinates taken by GPS or official recorded co-ordinates
4co-ordinates scaled from a detailed map
3co-ordinates scaled from a bad map
2co-ordinates of the nearest village
1co-ordinates of the nearest town
0no data
5

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SandyG visited on 6th Apr 2013 - their rating: Cond: 4 Amb: 5 Access: 2 This has never been an easy row to get to. When visited in 2013 car parking was available at SX 62524 61120. Recently (2016) this car parking area has been closed making it much more difficult to access this part of the moor. An alternative car parking location is at SX 64342 59548. From here the easiest way to reach the row is probably to head east to the Two Moors Way at SX 65765 59965. Then follow the track north to SX 64683 63454. From here navigate north west taking care when crossing the River Erme. Given the effort to get to the area it would be a good idea to have a look at the Hook Lake Row and if you have time the splendid one on Stalldown as well as some the amazing prehistoric settlements. Another option maybe to park at SX 60395 70806 and approach the row from the north via Crane Hill. A full day but hopefully a rewarding one. Best contemplated in the summer.

Andy B have visited here

Green Hill - Stall Moor
Green Hill - Stall Moor submitted by Andy B : This is Upper Erme stone row at SX 636 674 Looking south from Green Hill towards the Erme valley. Starting from the cairn on Green Hill the stones are small and widely spaced. Copyright Guy Wareham and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence. (Vote or comment on this photo)
This Stone Row is part of the longest stone row in Britain, and this entry refers to the northern part of the row. It is considered by some that the row was originally two rows, the northern and southern ends, which over time became joined together.

Just the occasional stone can be followed from the top of Green Hill, and its remains of a cairn near to the summit at 473 metres altitude. It has to be said that it is a bit of a leap of faith to get the row to this cairn, but in all probabilities the stones are all there buried under the peat.

The cairn itself is fairly indistinct, and takes a good bit of imagination to see what should be here. However its position is given away by the different vegetation growing on it, as is often the case on the moor. This cairn is about 9 metres in diameter, and has the usual hollow at the centre, with a few large block s of stone to be seen, at least one of which is standing on its edge. From here, the stone circle at the southern end of the row is visible, as are the four large pillars of the Stalldon Row on the southern skyline.

Out here, you really are miles away from any habitation or even signs of life, and in a very exposed position in the middle of the almost featureless moor. Not a place to be in bad weather. But on a nice clear day like today, its wonderful being here, although it’s a major walk to get back to the car.

Update August 2019: The whole stone row is featured on the Stone Rows of Great Britain website - see their entry for Upper Erme, which includes a description, a simplified plan of the alignment, photographs and an illustration of the sea views visible from the northern end of the row.

The row is also recorded as Pastscape Monument No. 441623 and on the Devon and Dartmoor HER as MDV5106 (Cairn at the northern end of Stall Moor stone row). The site is scheduled as part of Historic England List ID 1003287 (Stall Moor circle and long stone row).

The row is also featured on the Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks (PDW) website: Stall Moor (Upper Erme) Stone Row. The cairn, at SX 63665 67796, has its own entry on PDW - see their page for the Green Hill Cairn, which adds: "(the cairn has a) diameter (of) 9m, height 0.7m. The possible remains of a central cist are indicated by a group of large stone slabs".

Note: Filling in the gaps: - description by TheCaptain, photos from Geograph
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Green Hill - Stall Moor
Green Hill - Stall Moor submitted by SandyG : The row meandering up the hillslope at SX 6368 6631. View from the south. This length of row clearly refutes the idea that the Dartmoor rows are always straight. (Vote or comment on this photo)

Green Hill - Stall Moor
Green Hill - Stall Moor submitted by thecaptain : North of the Red Lake River, it proceeds up the slopes of Dry Lake hill in fine style. The row here is very well conserved and stones are positioned about every 2 metres, although only about a foot tall with the current level of the ground. (Vote or comment on this photo)

Green Hill - Stall Moor
Green Hill - Stall Moor submitted by thecaptain (Vote or comment on this photo)

Green Hill - Stall Moor
Green Hill - Stall Moor submitted by Bladup : Green Hill - Stall Moor, Looking South East over the terminal Cairn and it's Stones found at the Northern end of the longest Stone Row out there (Vote or comment on this photo)

Green Hill - Stall Moor
Green Hill - Stall Moor submitted by Bladup : Green Hill - Stall Moor, A Stone on the terminal Cairn at the Northern end of this massive Stone Row (Vote or comment on this photo)

Green Hill - Stall Moor
Green Hill - Stall Moor submitted by Bladup : Green Hill - Stall Moor, A low cairn found to the SE of the terminal Cairn and East of the Northern end of the Stone Row, Looking South East towards Red lake china clay works spoil heap

Green Hill - Stall Moor
Green Hill - Stall Moor submitted by Bladup : Green Hill - Stall Moor, A low cairn found to the SE of the terminal Cairn and East of the Northern end of the Stone Row, Looking South

Green Hill - Stall Moor
Green Hill - Stall Moor submitted by Bladup : Stall Moor Stone Row at SX636677, Looking South

Green Hill - Stall Moor
Green Hill - Stall Moor submitted by Bladup : Stall Moor Stone Row at SX636676, Looking North towards the tussocky small Cairn at the Northern end of this huge Stone Row

Green Hill - Stall Moor
Green Hill - Stall Moor submitted by Bladup : Stall Moor Stone Row at SX636675, Looking South

Green Hill - Stall Moor
Green Hill - Stall Moor submitted by Bladup : Stall Moor Stone Row at SX636672, Looking South

Green Hill - Stall Moor
Green Hill - Stall Moor submitted by Bladup : Stall Moor Stone Row at SX636671

Green Hill - Stall Moor
Green Hill - Stall Moor submitted by Bladup : There isn't much of Stall Moor Stone Row left in this section, Around SX636668

Green Hill - Stall Moor
Green Hill - Stall Moor submitted by Bladup : The lovely Southern end of the Northern section of the massive Stall Moor Stone Row, SX637663, Looking South

Green Hill - Stall Moor
Green Hill - Stall Moor submitted by Bladup : The Southern end of the Northern section of the massive Stall Moor Stone Row, SX637664, Looking South

Green Hill - Stall Moor
Green Hill - Stall Moor submitted by Bladup : The very complete Southern end of the Northern section of the massive Stall Moor Stone Row, SX637663

Green Hill - Stall Moor
Green Hill - Stall Moor submitted by davep : The terminal cairn on Green Hill. From Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks (PDW), Green Hill Cairn. Photograph taken 18th September 2019.

Green Hill - Stall Moor
Green Hill - Stall Moor submitted by SandyG : Despite a good supply of nearby large rocks the builders of the row chose instead to use much smaller stones. The use of smaller stones would have made it easier to build although clearly the result was less dramatic. Perhaps the dramatic effect relied more on its length than the size of the individual components.

Green Hill - Stall Moor
Green Hill - Stall Moor submitted by Andy B : The cairn on Green Hill - Dartmoor This place is just about the centre point of the south Dartmoor wilderness. It's exposed, isolated and takes a few hours to walk to. The black shape in the distance is the spoil tip of Red Lake. This cairn is the end of the longest stone row in Europe. Copyright Richard Knights and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

Green Hill - Stall Moor
Green Hill - Stall Moor submitted by Andy B : The cairn on Green Hill Viewed from the south-east the vegetation obscures all the stones. Copyright Guy Wareham and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

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Re: Green Hill - Stall Moor by TheCaptain on Monday, 28 August 2006
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For some daft reason, I didn't take any photographs of the Green Hill Cairn or the few spaced out stones at the northern end of this magnificent stone row, which I can attatch to this site page.
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    Re: Green Hill - Stall Moor by Andy B on Saturday, 05 March 2011
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    Great description, fortunately Geograph contributors (and their creative commons licence) have come to the rescue with some photos of the cairn and this end of the row.
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