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Ancient monuments in Cornwall

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Ancient monuments in Cornwall

Greetings! We (wife & I) are staying several days in Cornwall in May and I'm interested in (among other things) having a look at some ancient monuments (Roman or older would be nice) that are reasonably accessible and visually interesting. I've spotted several ancient sites on maps but have no idea which are "must sees".

Advice appreciated. Thanks

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1. Re: Ancient monuments in Cornwall

There are just too many to mention, lots of standing stones etc, I would rate the Cheesewring and the Hurlers in Minions a must see for those, but as I said there are just so many.

Restormel Castle, and Pendennis Castle are another two I would say to see.

I suggest you get a good guide book and have a look there, it all depends what area you are staying in, what sort of things interest you and how much time you want to spend on it really.

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2. Re: Ancient monuments in Cornwall

I found Chysauster ancient village very interesting and it's in a lovely spot

visitcornwall.com/site/things-to-do/chysaust…

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3. Re: Ancient monuments in Cornwall

Annabelle - I'll put Cheesewring & Hurlers in Minions on my more research list.

My problem is that on some websites, like this one

cornwallinfocus.co.uk/history/historic.php

I find many hundreds of sites, with lots of detail - way too much to make any meaningful decisions on when I have to "pick the top 5" or whatever.

Of course, at the other extreme I find the Cornwall Council site which gets quite a good hit on Google, but is close to useless.

I suspect the guidebooks will be just as varied, and at this distance I'd be buying "on spec".

We're staying in Newquay, but a few hours driving is no issue for us.

BayBOy - thanks for that one - looks interesting.

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4. Re: Ancient monuments in Cornwall

Actregular I couldn't possibly pass comment on your remark about the council website being useless, lol.

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5. Re: Ancient monuments in Cornwall

Many of the ancient sites are managed by English Heritage, so have a look at their website instead then. Carn Euny was another place I'd heard good things about, though I didn't get round to seeing it.

english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/

If you're prepared for a few hours driving, as you say, you could head up to Tarr Steps in Exmoor on the Devon/Somerset county border

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tarr_Steps

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6. Re: Ancient monuments in Cornwall

My two favourites are Men-an-tol and Lanyon quoit in West Cornwall. Hopefully this link will work:

lookaroundcornwall.com/historical-sites/inde…

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7. Re: Ancient monuments in Cornwall

The Merry Maidens, I think, should be on your short list.

www.stonepages.com/england/merrymaidens.html

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8. Re: Ancient monuments in Cornwall

...and don't forget the Nine Maidens of Boskednan and Men Scryfa, both of which are close to Men-an-Tol, and also Lanyon Quoit. Then there's Trevethy Quoit near Minions, close to the Hurlers and the Cheesewring.

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9. Re: Ancient monuments in Cornwall

Thanks folks - I'll let you know how I get on.

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10. Re: Ancient monuments in Cornwall

I suggest you add Madron Well to your list. (just outside Penzance, not far from Lanyon Quoit) Very evocative ancient site with a cloutie tree...

…bath.ac.uk/prsrlp/…madron.htm