Cornwall’s Prehistoric Holed Stones

kenidjack holed stone

The idea that the ancient stones scattered about Cornwall are the monumental remains of an ancient society, who’s motivations and ideas, are now a mystery to us has always fascinated me. As I have mentioned before whenever we had any free time when I was a child my father would take us to see a […]

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Trewardreva Fogou – the Piskey Hall, Constantine.

trewardreva fogou piskey hall

Trewardreva fogou can be found in a quiet field just outside the village of Constantine. This hidden site is a long way from the Penwith where the majority of the known fogous can be found. Also known as the Piskey Hall this fogou is a little smaller than the ones at Boleigh or Halliggye, but […]

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The Celtic Cross at Lamorna Cove

Cross Lamorna Cove

There are hundreds, perhaps thousands of wayside crosses across Cornwall. You can find them on crossroads, in village squares and sometimes marking graves. They can, however, pop up in unexpected places. Just above the churning seas that rumble against the rocks close to Lamorna Cove stands a small Celtic Cross. Carved into the granite pillar, which […]

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Harpur’s Downs Hut Circles – Bronze Age Settlements on Bodmin Moor

I spend much of my time writing about and photographing the ancient monuments that our ancestors have left behind in the Cornish landscape. There are many well-known and enigmatic sites that captivate us, places that are the subject of the most study and the ones most likely to end up on Instagram! It isn’t very […]

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Ballowal Barrow, Cape Cornwall

Dramatically situated on the cliffs close to Cape Cornwall, Ballowal Barrow is a unique monument. This ancient tomb was once the final resting place for Bronze Age man and is actually part of a complex of burial cairns and cists in use from the Late Neolithic, around 5000 years ago. The monument would have been […]

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Boleigh Fogou – Rosemerryn, Lamorna

The narrow lane to Boleigh fogou takes you by surprise. Tucked away on a bend, just after the turning to Lamorna Cove, the entrance is narrow and one side lined with large granite boulders. Up until yesterday I had never been here before. The fact that you must pre-arrange a time to come and see […]

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Turner in Cornwall – Follow in the artist’s footsteps

The artistic community in Cornwall is thriving. Drawn to the county by the dramatic coastal scenery, the strong creative atmosphere and the famous clarity of the light, there are more artists here than in any other area of the country outside of London. And that pull has been felt for more than 200 years. Here […]

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The Stone circles of The Gambia, West Africa

Wassu stone circles

You might say that this post is a little bit overdue. When I visited the stone circles in The Gambia, West Africa however, back in 2007, I didn’t have this outlet to describe and share what I had seen. Wassu Stone Circles: Credit Richard Williams The stones circles of the Gambia and Senegal are a […]

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Carn Kenidjack – the Hooting Cairn

We’ve all heard the stories. Unsuspecting travellers on some dark, remote road being led astray by strange lights, false paths or mysterious strangers and becoming hopelessly lost. The Cornish call it being piskie-led, (it often happens on the way home from the pub) and there are certain paths that were once famous for such misadventures. […]

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The Prehistoric beach of Porth Nanven

cot valley porth naven

Cot Valley is a magical place that feels a world away from the hustle of modern life. This beautiful valley even has its own micro-climate. As you walk down towards the V of blue sea enclosed by the valley walls, a stream winds it way beside the road, through sub-tropical plants and past ancient tin […]

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