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Megaliths, Mênhirs and Stone Circles of North Cornwall

Advent Triple Barrow

Bronze Age Barrow, Camelford

Grid reference SX137834

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Somewhat of a rarity in Cornwall as Triple Barrows are more commonly found further east in Wiltshire. The Advent Triple Barrow has a circumference of about 24 metres and stands about 1.2 metres high. It lies 2 miles east of Camelford, North Cornwall

Ashbury Hill Fort

Iron Age Hill Fort, Week St. Mary

Grid reference SX228975

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Ashbury Hill Fort lies about 1 mile northwest of Week St. Mary and consists of two concentric ovals. It has diameters of approximately 150 metres on the short axis and 210 metres on the long axis. The ramparts are surrounded by an outer ditch and stand over 3 metres high. There are two entrance ways aligned NW and SE and associated earthworks about 200 metres away to the southeast.

Bron Wennyly Barrows

Bronze Age Barrow, Camelford

Grid reference SX159798

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A pair of Bronze Age Barrows lie on the summit of Brown Willy. The northern barrow is 25 metres in diameter and stands over 3 metres high, the barrow on the southern side has a diameter of 19 metres and stands 1.8 metres high.

Castle Goff Hill Fort

Iron Age Hill Fort, Camelford

Grid reference SX083826

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An Iron Age Hill Fort situated just to the northwest of Lanteglos near Camelford. The original earthwork has a diameter of roughly 80 metres and is bounded by a 0.8 metre ditch surrounding an earth rampart some 3.5 metres high. Subsequently more ramparts were added to the west of the structure but these have been largely lost over time.

Condolen Barrow

Bronze Age Barrow, Tintagel

Grid reference SX090872

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Condolen Barrow dates from the Bronze Age and sits on a hill near Tintagel. The barrow has a diameter of about 26 metres and stands almost 3 metres high. A wide ditch once surrounded the barrow, traces of which remain in the present day.

Delinuth Camp Hill Fort

Iron Age Hill Fort, Camelford

Grid reference SX081830

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Otherwise known as 'The Rounds', Delinuth Camp Hill Fort near Camelford is an Iron Age Hill Fort. It has a diameter of about 150 metres. Its former rampart and ditch are just visible after years of plough damage.

Fernacre Stone Circle

Bronze Age Stone Circle, Camelford

Grid reference SX144799

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Fernacre Stone Circle, Camelford

Located on a flat area in the saddle of land that separates Rough Tor from Brown Willy, lies the Bronze Age Stone Circle of Fernacre. The circle consists of over fifty stones, with about two-thirds still standing. A birds eye view of Fernacre can be gained by looking southwest about threequarters of a kilometre from the summit of Rough Tor.

Garrow Tor Roundhouses

Bronze Age Settlement, St Breward

Grid reference SX145785

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Garrow Tor Roundhouses lie near St. Breward about 500 metres from King Arthur's Hall. Mainly on the eastern slope of the Tor, the settlement exhibits numerous round houses and field structures. Archaeological work here has provided many artifacts including pottery, beads and bangles as well as quern stones dating from the Middle to Late Bronze Age.

Helsbury Castle Hill Fort

Iron Age Hill Fort, Michaelstow

Grid reference SX083796

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Map showing Helsbury Castle Hill Fort

The Iron Age Helsbury Castle Hill Fort lies just over 2 miles to the south of Camelford in North Cornwall. The fort is roughly oval in shape with its long axis being about 170 metres long. On the east side an entrance exists leading to a rectangular earthwork, also with an eastern entrance. Ramparts surrounding the fort attain a height of 4.0 metres. In the middle of the fort lie the ruins of a medieval chapel known as St. Syth's Chapel.

Kelly Rounds Hill Fort

Iron Age Hill Fort, Wadebridge

Grid reference SX019736

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Kelly Rounds also known as Castle Killibury is an Iron Age Hill Fort situated about one and a half miles northeast of Wadebridge. Roughly circular in shape, the fort has a diameter of over 220 metres. The best preserved section lies on the northern side, with ramparts up to 3.0 metres high.

King Arthur's Downs Stone Circle

Bronze Age Stone Circle, St Breward

Grid reference SX135775

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King Arthur's Downs Stone Circles lies to the south east of King Arthur's Hall earthwork. This pair of Bronze Age stone circles have diameters of about 23 metres. The more complete western circle has about ten stones of which only two are still standing. The eastern ring has only six of its former stones still standing.

King Arthur's Hall

Neolithic Earthwork, St. Breward

Grid reference SX130777

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King Arthur's Hall is a large rectangular earthwork on Bodmin Moor. The structure, thought to date from the Neolithic, has dimnsions of 48 metres by 21 metrea and has a North-South orientation. It is best reached by footpath from St Breward.

Lanteglos Inscribed Stone

Post Roman Inscribed Stone, Camelford

Grid reference SX088824

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Located within the churchyard of Lanteglos by Camelford. Its Saxon inscription reads: AELSELD 7 GENERED WOHTE DYSNE SYBSTEL FOR AELWINES SOVL 7 HEYSEL which translates as 'Aelseth and Genereth wrought this memorial stone for Aelwine's soul and for themselves'. The stone dates from the 10th century.

Leaze Stone Circle

Bronze Age Stone Circle, St Breward

Grid reference SX137773

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Near St Breward on the northwestern flanks of Bodmin Moor, Leaze Bronze Age Stone Circle lies about 250 metres southeast of King Arthur's Downs Stone Circle. Originally the circle is thought to have consisted of 22 stones, now only 14 remain in a circle with a diameter of just under 25 metres.

Louden Hill Stone Circle

Bronze Age Stone Circle, Camelford

Grid reference SX132795

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Louden Hill Stone Circle lies to the southwest of Rough Tor on the outskirts of Camelford. This Bronze Age circle lay undiscovered until the mid 1970s. Currently the circle exhibits one standing stone in a ring of sixteen fallen or broken others. Research indicates that the stone circle may have originally consisted of up to 39 stones in a roough circle of about 45 metres.

Mên Gurta

Bronze Age Menhir, Wadebridge

Grid reference SW968683

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Otherwise known as Men Gurta, this standing stone, originally 5 metres high, is set in countryside in a field next to the the turbines of St. Breock Wind Farm. Access is at any reasonable time. Location: St Breock Downs, 3.75 miles SW of Wadebridge off the unclassified road to Rosenannon.

Another long stone located about 500 metres to the east at grid reference SW973683 stands 2.1 metres high on the hills of St Breock Downs. The views from this windswept spot are amazing and panoramic. The stone is made from the same felspar as Men Gurta. Further west along the Saints Way coast to coast footpath, is a barrow cemetery that is now open to the public thanks to a new access initiative.

Moorgate Mênhir

Bronze Age Menhir, Camelford

Grid reference SX113820

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The 3 metre tall Moorgate Menhir stands in a field near the hamlet of Moorgate, southeast of Camelford. This thin granite stone is thought to be early Bronze Age.

Nanscowe Inscribed Stone

Post Roman Inscribed Stone, Wadebridge

Grid reference SW96897080

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Nanscowe Inscribed Stone lies near Nanscowe Farm at Whitecross just west of Wadebridge. The stone stands 1.3 metres high and bears the inscription ULCAGNI FILI on one side and SEVERI on the other - translating as 'Ulcagnus son... (of) Severus' The stone dates from the 6th Century AD.

Pawton Quoit

Neolithic Quoit, Wadebridge

Grid reference SW966696

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Situated two miles south east of Wadebridge, Pawton Quoit liess in a field near Haycrock Farm. Dating from the Neolithic, the Quoit or Dolmen consists of a massive capstone sitting atop nine uprights. The enclosed chamber has dimensions of 2.3 metres by 1.1 metre.

Penhargard Castle Hill Fort

Iron Age Hill Fort, Bodmin

Grid reference SX058699

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Map showing Penhargard Castle Hill Fort

Penhargard Castle lies about 2 miles north of Bodmin. The structure has a diameter of just under 90 metres at its widest point. The west of the Hill Fort lies on a steep slope overlooking the Camel Valley. Its ramparts are in relatively good preservation and range between 1.6 metres and 2.3 metres in height. They are cut by the entrance way to the southwest.

Rough Tor Enclosure

Bronze Age Enclosure, Camelford

Grid reference SX142810

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Rough Tor Enclosure, Camelford

At Rough Tor, above Camelford lies a tor enclosue thought to date from the Bronze Age. The stones surround the twin summits of both Rough Tor and its north eastern neighbour Little Rough Tor.

Rough Tor Round Houses

Bronze Age Settlement, Camelford

Grid reference SX140813

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Rough Tor Round Houses, Camelford

Just on the western flank of Rough Tor, near Camelford lies a large concentration of Bronze Age Round Houses. The settlement runs southwards from the car park for over half a mile (1km) and contains field boundaries, pounds and numerous roundhouses making up an extensive settlement. On average the roundhouses have a diameter of approximately 4 to 6 metres and several are relatively intact.

Rumps Cliff Castle

Iron Age Cliff Castle, Padstow

Grid reference SW934811

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Rumps Cliff Castle, Padstow

One of the most visited Iron Age Cliff Castles in Cornwall, the Rumps near Padstow has twin headlands resembling the tail of a fish reached via a narrow neck of land protected by three distinct ramparts. The structures are thought to have been built in two phases with the Castle occupied between 400BC and 100AD.

Showery Tor Ring Cairn

Bronze Age Ring Cairn, Camelford

Grid reference SX149813

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Showery Tor Ring Cairn, Camelford

Situated about 400 metres northeast of the summit of Rough Tor, a natural formation of granite rocks is surrounded by a large man made ring of piled stones with a diameter of about 30 metres, standing almost 1.2 metres high.

Slaughter Bridge Inscribed Stone

Post Roman Inscribed Stone, Camelford

Grid reference SX109857

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The 3 metre long Slaughter Bridge Inscribed Stone lies on the west bank of the River Camel near Slaughterbridge, about a mile north of Camelford. So large it was once used as a footbridge, the stone is inscribed with LATINI IC IACIT FILIVS MACARI - Latinus lies here, son of Macarius. An Ogham (Old Irish) inscription on the side of the stone can be tramslated as LATINI

St. Breock Downs Barrows

Bronze Age Barrow, Wadebridge

Grid reference SW971681

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A line of more than 90 Bronze Age barrows line the top of a ridge near St Breock Downs. Stretching for almost seven miles, the best example is located at grid reference SW971681. This 18 metre diameter barrow stands 2.4 metres high and is quite well preserved. The number of ancient monuments in the locality making the area well worth a visit.

St. Endellion Inscribed Stone

Post Roman Inscribed Stone, St Endellion

Grid reference SW989797

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Otherwise known as the Brocagnus Stone, this 6th Century Inscribed Stone stands 1.5 metres tall at a cross roads of the B3314 roughly midway between St Endellion and Port Quin. The stone has recently been replaced here after spending many years at Doyden Point. The inscription reads BROCAGNI IHC IACIT NADOTTI FILIVS, which translates as 'Brocagnus lies here, son of Nadottus'.

St. Kew Inscibed Stone

Post Roman Inscribed Stone, St Kew

Grid reference SX021769

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A rarity in Cornwall, the St. Kew Inscribed stone has inscriptions in both Latin and Ogham (Old Irish). It reads IVSTI or Justus and is thought to be part of a larger inscription. It is situated within St. Kew church.

Stannon Stone Circle

Bronze Age Stone Circle, Camelford

Grid reference SX125799

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Stannon Stone Circle lies on the slopes of Rough Tor, adjacent to the southern boundary of the Stannon China Clay Works. There are approximately 80 stones of which half remain standing. The circle has an average diameter of just over 40 metres dates from the Bronze Age and the proliferation of ancient sites makes the whole Rough Tor area well worth a visit.

The Trippet Stones Stone Circle

Bronze Age Stone Circle, Blisland

Grid reference SX131750

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Map showing The Trippet Stones Stone Circle

The Trippet Stones Stone Circle lies near Blisland on Bodmin Moor and dates from the Early Bronze Age. Almost a true circle some 33 metres in diameter, only twelve of the original 26 stones remain. Eight still stand. The stone in the middle of the cicle is a modern boundary stone.

Tintagel Church Inscribed Stone

Roman Inscribed Stone, Tintagel

Grid reference SX051885

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Map showing Tintagel Church Inscribed Stone

Standing within the south transept of Tintagel parish church, this inscribed stone measures 1.5 metres tall and is inscribed with IMP C G VAL LICIN, which translates as 'to the Emperor Caesar Gaius Valerius Licinus', which dates the inscription to about 250AD.

Tintagel Island Settlement

Post Roman Settlement, Tintagel

Grid reference SX050891

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Tintagel Island Settlement, Tintagel

Tintagel Island is now a well known visitor attraction managed by English Heritage. Its main feature is the Castle thought to date from the 13th Century when it was the stronghold of Earl Richard of Cornwall. Prior to this the area was likely to have been an Iron Age Cliff Castle now sadly lost to erosion followed by a Post Roman settlement on level ground at the top of the island. Other walled enclosures on the ledges below the main path around the island may be medieval reworking of former Post Roman buildings. Associated structures here include a 12th century chapel, a pair of wells, a kiln and a tomb or shrine. It is thought that the island may have been the home of the Dumnonian royalty between 400 and 700 AD - still leaving open the possibility that (King) Arthur may have been concieved or born here.

Tregeare Rounds Hill Fort

Iron Age Hill Fort, Pendogett

Grid reference SX033800

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Tregeare Rounds Iron Age Hill Fort lies just to the SE of the B3314 to the northeast of Pendoggett. It consists of two circular ramparts surrounded by ditches. The height of the outer rampart reaches 2.5 metres with an outer ditch of 2.4 metres and an inner ditch of 1.7 metres. The smaller inner rampart encloses an area of about 90 metres and is about 1.2 metres high in places.

Trethevy Inscribed Stone

Roman Inscribed Stone, Tintagel

Grid reference SX076892

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An inscribed granite pillar, formerly used as a gatepost and now situated on the roadside by St. Piran's, a former monastery now a private residence. The inscription reads: C DOMI N GALLO ET VOLUS – ‘For the Emperor Caesars our lords Gallus and Volusian.’ Trebonianus Gallus and Antoninianus Volusianus reigned from 251-253 AD.

Warbstow Bury Hill Fort

Iron Age Hill Fort, Warbstow

Grid reference SX202908

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Warbstow Bury Iron Age Hill Fort lies on the side of a hill just to the northwest of the North Cornwall village of Warbstow, near Launceston. Oval rather than circular it has diameters of 340 metres and 270 metres. The impressive ramparts are widely spaced and reach up to 5.8 metres in places. Their outer ditches are 2.7 metres in depth. There are entrances to the east, northwest and southwest sides.

Willapark Cliff Castle

Iron Age Cliff Castle, Boscastle

Grid reference SX091912

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Willapark Iron Age Cliff Castle lies on the prominent triangular shaped headland just to the southwest of Boscastle in North Cornwall. It is accessible via the coast path. The 110 metre long single rampart runs NE-SW across the neck of the headland and reaches a height of 1.8 metres. It is fronted by a 0.8 metre deep ditch. A modern footpath cuts through its southwestern end.

Willapark Cliff Castle

Iron Age Cliff Castle, Tintagel

Grid reference SX063896

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An Iron Age Cliff Castle protected by a single 48 metre long bank and ditch. The site can be reached along the coast path from Tintagel or by a public footpath from the B3263 at Bossiney.

Woolley Long Barrow

Neolithic Long Barrow, Kilkhampton

Grid reference SS263166

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A Neolithic long barrow just to the east of the A39 some three miles north of Kilkhampton. The Woolley Long Barrow is one of the best preserved examples in Cornwall. It has dimensions of 62m (long axis) by 21m wide. It stands 2.5 metres high.

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