Bosullow - Men Scyfa - Nine Maidens - Chy - Lanyon Quoit

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This walk takes you onto Ding Dong Moor to visit several ancient stone monuments. The first is The Men-an-Tol which is an ancient healing site about 6,000 years old, where sick or infertile people were passed through the holed stone. Secondly we visit Men Scyfa. This is an inscribed stone marking the grave of a warrior killed near this spot around 500AD.

Next we pass the group of stones known as the 'Nine Maidens', which would have been used for various religious rites throughout the year. The age of this stone circle is unknown but is thought to have been redundant by 1,250BC. The more modern building of Ding Dong Mine is next, although there has been a mine here for over 2,000 years and legend has it that the young Jesus was brought here by his uncle Joseph of Arimathea.

Finally we visit Lanyon Quoit, a classical monument whose massive stones were erected over 6,000 years ago.

Those who are interested can also visit the ancient healing well just outside Madron, where even today hundreds of people tie tokens on the branches (please use biodegradable ones, plastics do not work!)

England - South West England - Cornwall - Countryside

Features

Ancient Monument, Birds, Butterflies, Flowers, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Industrial Archaeology, Moor, Wildlife
28/07/2012 - Stephen Worth

Completed walk 27-07-2012 without problem using return option number one. The metal gate at Point 6 (SW429354) has now been removed leaving only the bottom section of the gate post.

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