Isle of Albion
Photographed: Sunday 8th June 2008
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Known locally as "the cemetery" or "the graveyard", Cosdon Row consists of three parallel lines of stone running gently down Cosdon Hill for a distance of roughly 160m. The largest of the stones is approximately 1m in height, but many are much smaller. The rows sit on a relatively flat plateaux of land, which inclines gradually in an easterly direction. A large portion of the stones survive in very good condition, but the lower sections are noticeably more ruinous.

Cosdon stone row enjoys a beautiful setting on the edge of Dartmoor. The elevation of Cosdon Hill provides excellent views when looking back towards the rolling fields of Devon. The border between civilisation and wilderness is obvious, and this adds to the sense of isolation and seclusion. Like many of the sites on Dartmoor, access is sufficiently difficult to prevent casual visitors, so there's a good chance you'll have the stones to yourself.

The climb towards the stones is slightly strenuous, and the path isn't always obvious. Visitors would be well-advised to have a clear idea of their route and of the location of the stones. In summer, the ground is firm and even, and the route offers no challenge for the reasonably fit.

Cosdon Row is best enjoyed as a stop-off along the way to White Moor/Hound Tor stone circle. The longer walk provides a far greater sense of adventure. On the outward journey, the rows feel more like a gateway to the wilds of Dartmoor. On the return journey, they are a signpost welcoming the traveller back to the edge of the mundane world. In both instances, be sure to stop here and appreciate the sense of transition.