Prehistoric Cornwall

If you have an interest in all things pre-Roman, then south east Cornwall should be able to satisfy your needs. There are several Iron Age hill forts dotted around the countryside including the wonderfully situated Cadson Bury between Liskeard and Callington. Going back into the Bronze Age, the stone circle at Duloe, just outside Looe, may be the smallest in diameter in Cornwall but it is the only one made of white quartz stone and stands higher than any other.

On Bodmin Moor there are so many prehistoric sites it is impossible to list them all. Head for Minions to see the Hurlers, a trio of stone circles, before walking up to Stowe's Hill which has a Neolithic enclosure on its summit which could date back over 6000 years. Not far away from Minions is Trethevy Quoit. This also dates back to the Neolithic and is widely believed to be a burial tomb. Go and wonder at how it was built over a 1000 years before the great pyramids at Giza.

Not only are all these sites historically interesting to visit, they are nearly always in a wonderful setting offering a great excuse for a walk!


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