5 to try: lost ruins and ancient stones
Cornwall has many ruins, ancient hill forts, sacred stones and abandoned industrial relics. Experience the rich history of this special region first hand.
Carn Euny Ancient Settlement, Penwith
One of the finest Bronze Age village-sites in the UK dating to 500BC. Lost among trees and more atmospheric than nearby Chysauster. There is an underground fogou passage and holy well in the woods at the source of Lamorna’s stream.
Zennor Hill & Quoit, Zennor
A magnificent burial chamber, which looks out over the Atlantic from its high wild moorland vantage point. Zennor Hill lies just 2 miles west of St Ives and the Quoit lies on the West Penwith moors above.
Wheal Terwavas, Rinsey, Lizard
Epic, cliff-edge engine houses with tunnels that once stretched far out under the sea, located just off the coastal path.
Rame Head Chapel, Rame Head
St Michael’s chapel was built in 1397, initially as a simple hermitage, lighthouse and look-out point. It’s the perfect ruin, perfectly located and sometimes, from its stunning location on the highest point of Rame Head, you can see as far as the Lizard.
Hurlers Stone Circle, Minions
Bodmin moor, first farmed by Bronze Age settlers over 4,000 years ago is now one of the country’s last truly wild areas. Take a walk between the impressive circle of tall standing stones set high on the moor and with far-reaching views.
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