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Neolithic and Bronze AgeSite Name: Holne Ridge NE Alternative Name: Holne Ridge cairn 2
Country: England County: Devon Type: Multiple Stone Rows / Avenue
Nearest Town: Buckfastleigh  Nearest Village: Dartmeet
Map Ref: SX66757109
Latitude: 50.524378N  Longitude: 3.881185W
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.
3 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 4th Apr 2013 - their rating: Cond: 3 Amb: 4 Access: 3 Car parking is available at SX 67544 71401. From here head south west across the open moorland for about 850m.

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Holne Ridge NE
Holne Ridge NE submitted by TheCaptain : The remaining two upright stones in the southern row. There are several other lumps and bumps and hollows in the turf and under the long ferns further downslope which may or may not be other stones from the rows. Just how long the row would have continued for is anybody’s guess. (Vote or comment on this photo)
A couple of hundred metres west from Horn's Cross, can be found Holne Ridge cairn 2 and its supposed double stone row. I didn’t think I was going to be able to find this as the area it’s in is all covered by fern and bracken, but it was quite obvious once I got near. The cairn is well formed, about 7 metres in diameter about a metre tall with the expected hollow in the top.

Some remains of a double stone row run away from this cairn down the slope to the west. I thought I saw a couple of stones near the edge of the cairn, and then 5 more stones about 20 metres downslope. These stones would be two from each row, two in the northern row nearest the cairn, and then two in the southern row a bit further down. The stones are quite big, about half a meter tall, and positions slab sides aligned along the row.

Beside the lower of the two stones in the northern row is a third stone laying on the turf, which looks to have been relatively recently cut and placed there. Perhaps it was once a stone from the row, which was cut and removed, which was I believe the fate of most of the stone hereabouts. There are several other lumps and hollows in the turf and under the long ferns which may or may not be other stones from the rows. Just how long the row would have continued for is anybody’s guess.

Update October 2019: This double stone row, recorded as being 28m long, is featured on the Stone Rows of Great Britain website - see their entry for Holne Ridge, which includes a description, a plan of the row and its associated cairn, photographs of the alignment and the individual stones, access information and a list on online resources for more information.

The row is also recorded as Pastscape Monument No. 443031, which tells us this site is: "(a) Bronze Age cairn forming part of a cairn cemetery and an unfinished stone row located west of Horns Cross on Holne Ridge". The Devon and Dartmoor HER also includes an entry for the cairn; see MDV12981 (Cairn forming part of a cairn cemetery on Holne Ridge). The site is also scheduled as part of Historic England List Entry No. 1019273 (Eight cairns forming part of a cairn cemetery on Holne Ridge and a stone alignment immediately west of Horn's Cross).

The row is also featured on the Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks (PDW) website - see their entry for the Holne Ridge Stone Row, which adds: "(the stone row and the cairns) lie in the north west facing hollow above Horse Ford on the O Brook".
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Holne Ridge NE
Holne Ridge NE submitted by Anne T : Sitting at grid reference SX66737109, it is now thought by PDW, Prehistoric Monuments of Dartmoor and Stone Rows of Great Britain, that this arrangement of stones has the appearance of a cist but is thought to be fallen stones from the stone row. Submitted on behalf of Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks. (Vote or comment on this photo)

Holne Ridge NE
Holne Ridge NE submitted by SandyG : Cairn in the foreground with the double stone row leading down the hill beyond. View from east. (Vote or comment on this photo)

Holne Ridge NE
Holne Ridge NE submitted by SandyG : Double stone row leading towards the cairn. View from west. (Vote or comment on this photo)

Holne Ridge NE
Holne Ridge NE submitted by TheCaptain : Looking back up towards the cairn, the two nearest stones are in the southern row, while further up on the left can be seen the stones in the northern row. (Vote or comment on this photo)

Holne Ridge NE
Holne Ridge NE submitted by TheCaptain : Looking back up towards the cairn, the two nearest stones are in the southern row, while further up on the left can be seen the stones in the northern row. The cairn is obvious on the skyline.

Holne Ridge NE
Holne Ridge NE submitted by TheCaptain : Some remains of a double stone row run away from this cairn down the slope to the west. I thought I saw a couple of stones near the edge of the cairn, and then 5 more stones about 20 metres downslope.

Holne Ridge NE
Holne Ridge NE submitted by TheCaptain : I didn’t think I was going to be able to find this as the area it’s in is all covered by fern and bracken, but it was quite obvious once I got near. The cairn is well formed, about 7 metres in diameter about a metre tall with the expected hollow in the top.

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 1m NE 40° Holne Ridge 2* Cairn (SX6675171091)
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Re: Holne Ridge NE by Anne T on Thursday, 16 February 2017
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At grid reference SX 6673 7109, what appears to be a cist can be found. Originally thought to be part of the Holne Ridge North Cists, although no Pastscape or HER record existed for this site.

In recent weeks, PDW, Prehistoric Monuments of Dartmoor and Stone Rows of Great Britain have discussed this site and agree that "this arrangement of stones has the appearance of a cist but is thought to be fallen stones from the stone row." See the Holne Ridge North cist page for further details.
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