Exploring Ancient Sites in Cornwall

Exploring Ancient Sites in Cornwall

There is so much more to Cornwall than beautiful beaches. Over 10,000 years of human history lie waiting to be discovered. From the Celts to the Romans and even Arthurian legends, people have long been part of the landscape of Cornwall and what they have left behind is fascinating to uncover.

This spring why not get out and about and have a go at exploring the ancient sites in Cornwall.

Ballowall Barrow, St Just

A complex of barrows and cists spanning the Neolithic and Bronze Ages, and the only one of its kind in Cornwall. For centuries it lay buried and protected under mining rubble, so it has been amazingly preserved. The main burial chamber is the largest in Penwith and has a stunning location high on the cliffs with amazing views out to the Scilly Isles on a clear day. 

How to get there: Park at Cape Cornwall and then follow the coast path towards Sennen. You'll find Ballowall Barrow on the coast path before you descend into Cot Valley.

Duloe Stone Circle, Duloe

Very much an under-visited stone circle in Cornwall, so you'll likely have the place to yourself. But this stone circle is unique as it has both unusual white stones and the largest stones of any circle in Cornwall.

How to get there: Park in Duloe. The stones are in a field at the southern end of the village and the entrance track passes up between two houses on the B3254. 

Chun Castle, nr Pendeen

A very impressive Iron Age hillfort with views out to sea on three sides! On a clear day see if you can spot the Isles of Scilly from the top. Two 3 metre high walls remain along with round houses, Chun Quoit and an ancient well.

How to get there: Park on the Madron to Morvah road (bonus points for also visiting Men-an-Tol stones!) and follow the signposts to walk along the country lane to the farm and then take the track up the hill.

Blind Fiddler Standing Stone, nr Penzance

An incredible 11ft high standing stone that is studded with quartz. Legend has it that the fiddler was turned to stone for playing on the Sabbath, but of course this stone pre-dates Christianity by a long way!

How to get there: Driving on the A30 from Penzance to Sennen, there is a layby to park in on the south side of the road just after Catchall. The standing stone is in a field on the opposite side of the road.

King Arthur's Hall, Bodmin Moor

In the middle of Bodmin Moor lies King Arthur's Hall, a 20m x 47m stone enclosure with stones facing inwards like the back of chairs inside a steep sided bank. The purpose of the hall is still shrouded in mystery and baffles archaeologists to this day! 

How to get there: Park in the village of St Breward and walk across the moor to the hall.

Remember that spring weather in Cornwall is a little unpredictable - so pack a coat, wear decent walking boots to keep feet dry and don't forget your backpack for a picnic!