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Neolithic and Bronze AgeSite Name: Stalldon Row Alternative Name: The Cornwood Maidens, Stalldown Row
Country: England County: Devon Type: Stone Row / Alignment
Nearest Town: Ivybridge  Nearest Village: Cornwood
Map Ref: SX63236248  Landranger Map Number: 202
Latitude: 50.446179N  Longitude: 3.927661W
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
5 Ambience:
5Superb
4Good
3Ordinary
2Not Good
1Awful
0No data.
5 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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Catrinm visited on 19th Nov 2022 - their rating: Cond: 3 Amb: 5 Access: 2

Catrinm visited on 30th Mar 2019 - their rating: Cond: 4 Amb: 5 Access: 2 A nlog walk but worth it after a number of aborted trip ( sewage work gates being shut etc)

graemefield visited on 2nd Feb 2018 - their rating: Cond: 4 Amb: 5 Access: 2

markj99 visited on 1st Dec 2017 - their rating: Cond: 3 Amb: 5 Access: 3 There are two main difficulties in visiting Stalldown Row and its associated cairns: 1. Navigating the maze of narrow roads to Stall Moor. 2. Finding a safe place to park up safely close to Stall Moor Once you have completed these two tasks the walk to Stalldown Stone Row is a picnic.

SandyG visited on 6th Apr 2013 - their rating: Cond: 4 Amb: 5 Access: 3 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. The alternative car parking location is at SX 64342 59548. From here the easiest way to reach the row is probably to head north alongside the River Erme which will need to be crossed at some point. A decent map and reliable GPS will be essential.

Bladup TheCaptain cazzyjane have visited here

Average ratings for this site from all visit loggers: Condition: 3.6 Ambience: 5 Access: 2.4

Stalldon Row
Stalldon Row submitted by thecaptain : The northern end of the row has 4 wonderful large (2 metres plus) stones still standing, which can be seen from miles away all over the southern moor, and look in many ways like walkers on the hilltop. Seen here looking to the north, the wild moorland stretches off into the distance. (Vote or comment on this photo)
This magnificent stone row stretches for over 500 metres in a north to south direction, mostly up the southern slopes of Stalldon Barrow hill, but with its northerly end just over the top of hill, and starting to wander back down the northern hillside.

The northern end of the row (SX637607) has 4 wonderful large (2 metres plus) stones still standing, with a further two large slabs fallen at the northern end, one of which was possibly a large side set slab forming a blocking stone. These four large stones can be seen from miles away all over the southern moor, and look in many ways like four walkers on the hilltop. The rest of the row consists of stones mostly just about a metre high, but some are quite a bit more. There’s a horse skull placed on top of one of the stones when I visited, which really sets it off nicely.

The row is not very straight, nor is the spacing of the stones very regular, and indeed looks to be perhaps two rows meeting at a circular cairn structure, of diameter 5 metres, and including two large pillars, just to the south of the hilltop. The northern part of the row aligns to the centre of the cairn circle, while the row to the south passes besides the western side of this cairn, before running off down the steep hillside to the south.

The lower part of the row seems to terminate at a large side set slab (SX637602) but it is possible that the original row continued for several hundred more metres to a cairn, and several buried slabs are to be found which may once have been part of the row.

Quite how much of today’s standing row is original is open to debate, as the whole structure underwent a “restoration” in about 1897, so it is possible that the misalignment of the two parts is not an original feature, and that the original structure was a much more straight and evenly spaced row.

Apart from the circular cairn beside the row near the top of the hill, there are several other cairns around and about on the hill here, one or two of which can still be seen to have their central cists in place.

This stone row is fantastic. It moves up into the top 5 stone rows I know, and perhaps my favourite stone row on Dartmoor. It is not only a tremendous row of big stones marching over the top of the hill, but sat by the central circular cairn, the views are superb. To the north, the wild moorland stretches off into the distance, while to the south, way below, are all the patchwork of fields of south Devon and then the beautiful blue sea. Plymouth sound, with its ships can clearly be seen to the south west.

Magnificent.

Update November 2019: This alignment is featured on the Stone Rows of Great Britain website - see their entry for Stalldown, which includes a description, a plan of the row and its associated cairns, photographs of the alignment and some of its individual stones and cairns, access information and a list of online resources for more information.

The SRoGB also includes an additional page to discuss and illustrate the Sea Views at Stalldown.

Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks (PDW) also features a page for this row - see their entries for the Stalldown Stone Row and the Stalldown Stone Row and Terminal Cairn.

The row is also recorded as Pastscape Monument No. 442211, as MDV4277 (Stone Row on Stalldown, Cornwood) on the Devon and Dartmoor HER, and scheduled as Historic England List Entry No. 1015806 (Stone alignment and cairns on Stalldown).

Note: Site visit report and lots of pictures of this most magnificent stone row, on southern Dartmoor. Perhaps the best stone row in the land.
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Stalldon Row
Stalldon Row submitted by stonedowser : Stalldon Row: These are the last few stones in the row. From here you can see the circle at Erme (Stall Moor) if you have binoculars. (2 comments - Vote or comment on this photo)

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Stalldon Row submitted by cazzyjane : Stalldon Row - an amazing site with fantastic views all round. (Vote or comment on this photo)

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Stalldon Row submitted by graemefield : The Stalldon Row. Looking out to sea on the 2nd of February 2018. (2 comments - Vote or comment on this photo)

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Stalldon Row submitted by StoneLee : Stalldon Row is spectacular. (1 comment - Vote or comment on this photo)

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Stalldon Row submitted by cazzyjane : Stalldon Row. (Vote or comment on this photo)

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Stalldon Row submitted by StoneLee : I think I'm in love... ...with the Cornwood Maidens (1 comment)

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Stalldon Row submitted by StoneLee : Please excuse the photoshop.

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Stalldon Row submitted by Bladup : Stalldon Row.

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Stalldon Row submitted by Bladup : Stalldon Row, Nose, Mouth and a very thin head

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Stalldon Row submitted by Bladup : Stalldon Row.

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Stalldon Row submitted by Bladup : Stalldon Row.

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Stalldon Row submitted by SandyG : The southern part of the stone row. View from the south.

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Stalldon Row submitted by SandyG : Southern length of the row. View from south west. The row is doubly impressive at sunset.

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Stalldon Row submitted by SandyG : The northern length of the stone row. View from north west.

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Stalldon Row submitted by cazzyjane : Stalldon Row. The rather impressive stones at the far end of the row.

Stalldon Row
Stalldon Row submitted by thecaptain : Part of the row running off down the steep hillside to the south of Stalldon Barrow hill. The views from here are superb. To south, way below, are all the patchwork of fields of south Devon and then the beautiful blue sea.

Stalldon Row
Stalldon Row submitted by thecaptain : The northern end of the row has 4 wonderful large (2 metres plus) stones still standing. This view is looking south from near the northern end.

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Stalldon Row submitted by HarryRocks : The amazing Stalldown Row.

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Stalldon Row submitted by HarryRocks : Stalldown Row November 2022

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Stalldon Row submitted by Bladup : Stalldon Row looking SE, The hills in the background are Butterdon hill (left) and Western Beacon (Right)

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Stalldon Row submitted by Bladup : Stalldon Row looking SW, Plymouth Sound is clearly visible in the background on the right

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Stalldon Row submitted by Bladup : Stalldon Row and Cairn Circle looking South

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Stalldon Row submitted by Bladup : Stalldon Row Looking North

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Stalldon Row submitted by Bladup : Stalldon Row looking South

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 24m WNW 291° Stalldown Encircled Cairn* Cairn (SX6320862489)
 58m ESE 120° Stalldown Stone Row Cairn E* Cairn (SX63286245)
 71m S 170° Stalldown Cairn Circle* Stone Circle (SX63246241)
 341m ESE 120° Stalldown Ring Cairn Circle* Ring Cairn (SX63526230)
 421m WSW 245° Stalldown West* Cist (SX6284462309)
 473m ESE 114° Hillson's House* Cairn (SX63666228)
 620m S 179° Stalldown Stone Row Cairn S* Cairn (SX63226186)
 745m S 183° Stalldown Southern Terminal Cairn Circle* Cairn (SX6317661737)
 751m N 2° Stalldown North* Cairn (SX63276323)
 799m W 280° Harrowthorn* Cairn (SX6244662645)
 1.2km ENE 76° Three Barrows West prehistoric settlement* Ancient Village or Settlement (SX6436762738)
 1.2km NNW 328° Ranny Brookhead Cist* Cist (SX62616354)
 1.3km SE 143° Stalldown Settlement* Ancient Village or Settlement (SX6397361429)
 1.3km NNE 29° Dry Lake North Settlement* Ancient Village or Settlement (SX639636)
 1.4km NNE 13° Blatchford Brook Foot Settlement* Ancient Village or Settlement (SX63566380)
 1.4km NW 319° Ranny Brook Enclosure Ancient Village or Settlement (SX6232963551)
 1.5km SSE 158° Stalldown South East* Stone Row / Alignment (SX63756107)
 1.5km NW 313° Ranny Brook North Cist* Cist (SX62156355)
 1.6km NW 308° Yealm Steps* Ancient Village or Settlement (SX62016348)
 1.7km W 279° Dendles Waste* Cairn (SX61536279)
 1.9km SSE 164° Burford Down Standing Stone* Standing Stone (Menhir) (SX6370360687)
 1.9km ESE 107° Sharp Tor North East* Stone Row / Alignment (SX65006188)
 1.9km ESE 110° Sharp Tor cairn* Cairn (SX65006179)
 2.0km N 7° Stall Moor circle* Stone Circle (SX6351764442)
 2.0km N 7° Upper Erme Row* Stone Row / Alignment (SX63526447)
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Re: Stalldon Row by Murphs on Saturday, 06 June 2020
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Can anyone tell me where the best place would be to park to walk here? I'm aware that the closest parking spot is no longer usable. Thanks
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    Re: Stalldon Row by TheCaptain on Saturday, 06 June 2020
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    I was just about to say that the nearest and most obvious place is no longer available, but you know that! I'd be interested to know too.
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      Re: Stalldon Row by Murphs on Monday, 08 June 2020
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      I wonder why the new owners decided to take away the access, it certainly makes that part of the moor inaccessible although perhaps that was their intention. Hopefully someone who has been there recently can let us know as I would love to go.
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Re: Stalldon Row photo on newspaper website by AngieLake on Wednesday, 08 January 2020
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Just noticed this very nice photo on our local news online page:
https://www.devonlive.com/news/devon-news/grants-up-grabs-dartmoor-communities-3716937
It is credited to 'Paul Bullen'.
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Re: Stalldon Row by TheCaptain on Friday, 22 September 2006
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I love this. It’s magnificent. Such a wonderful row, with such lovely shaped stones, and such tremendous views, and not another person in sight. This is perhaps becoming one of my favourite ancient sites everywhere. I could stay up here for hours soaking it all in.
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Re: Stalldon Row by AngieLake on Wednesday, 23 August 2006
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These names are confusing. But an excellent pic of Stall Moor stone rows can be seen on this web page:
http://www.richkni.co.uk/dartmoor/pix/stallmoor/stall22.jpg
I wonder if Stall Moor should be added to the alternative names for this site page? It IS the same one, I hope?!
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    Re: Stalldon Row by TheCaptain on Wednesday, 23 August 2006
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    You are right Angie. There is some confusion over the naming of this and other nearby places. Stall Moor, Stalldon, Stall Down etc. Burl gets some of them wrong. Now I have visited these rows and circles, I will get round to sorting this soon, along with some pictures. Too many other things going on recently to have time to do things. That piccy in your link is one of what I would call Stalldon (or Stall Down) row. Stall Moor is to the north - see Stall Moor circle (Stall Down, Kiss-in-the-Ring, The Dancers).
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      Re: Stalldon Row by Anonymous on Tuesday, 28 June 2016
      I live quite near here and it's usually referred to as Stall moor stone row although it's actually on Stalldown Barrow.
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