Hurlers Stone Circles

English Heritage castles and monuments in CornwallMinions, Liskeard

Located on Bodmin Moor, around 4 miles north of the town of Liskeard. From Liskeard take the B3254 to Upton Cross. Turn Left at the crossroads at head for Minions. There is a car park in the village, the stones are visible from the car park.

Map reference SX 258714

The Hurlers near MinionsBronze Age Monument (c.1500 BC) consisting of three stone circles in a line. The southern most circle is incomplete, but the other two have been restored. Two standing stones, 'The Pipers' lie to the west of the site.

The three large aligned stone circles, running in a NNE to SSW line, were built in a high moorland pass, between the slopes of Stowe's Hill - an ancient hill top settlement to the north and Caradon hill to the south.The site is strategically placed between the tributaries of the River Fowey to the west and the River Lynher, which feeds the Tamar, on the east.

Multiple circles are not unusual in the south-west of England and as in this case, they are often associated with sites between rivers - places of convergence for traders and travellers.

Of the three circles on the site, the southern most circle is the smallest (32.9m diameter) with only nine stones. The central circle has an eliptical shape (41.8 x 40.5m along its major and minor axis)and is the largest of the three circles with 14 stones. The northern circle is 34.7 in diameter has 15 stones, though four have fallen, and there was originally 24 stones in the circle when constructed. The stones in the circles have all been skillfully set in place, so that they all appear to be the same height. The central and the northern stone circles were once linked together by a granite pathway that ran through their central axis.

The northern circle was crossed by a boundary bank, and two standing stones, 'The Pipers', which lie approximately 120m to the West of the main circle site, could be boundary posts, although some scholars attribute them to an astronomical role.

The name The Hurlers refers to an old local tradition about the creation of the circles. In 1610, the historian William Camden wrote:

The neighbouring inhabitants terme them Hurlers, as being by devout and godly error perswaded that they had been men sometime transformed into stones, for profaning the Lord's Day with hurling the ball.


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Neptune Lodge Holiday Cottage
Upton Cross

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Neptune Lodge Holiday Cottage

Self catering Neptune Lodge sleeps up to 7 people offering holidays on the eastern edge of Bodmin Moor in a sheltered spot. - the holiday Lodge is set in a peaceful position with far reaching panoramic views over rolling hills towards the Tamar Valley and Dartmoor National Park,
We are able to enjoy an exceptional dark sky, our visitors from towns or cities are amazed at how many stars are visible from here. Bodmin Moor is nearby and can provide more extensive walking and is a World Heritage Mining site. Approx. one mile away at Upton Cross is the Sterts Open Air Theatre
Neptune Lodge Holiday Cottage   Inspected by Quality in Cornwall   Tel: 01579 364044

Coach House Cottages

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Coach House Cottages

Self Catering Luxury Accommodation in 4 self-catering cottages sit in a 16th Century coaching yard on a private 100 acre estate. Extremely spacious and well appointed with full heating and log fires for all year round letting. On site heated swimming pool, tennis court and games room complement the moor and coast walking, golf and beaches close by.
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