Castle-an-Dinas is one of the largest and most impressive hillforts in Cornwall, sited in an imposing position on the summit of Castle Downs with extensive and panoramic views across central Cornwall to both north and south coasts.
Most people will drive through Bodmin Moor at some point during a trip to Cornwall, as the A30 passes through it. But there’s also plenty to discover here: it’s is atmospheric, full of history, myth and legend.
This Iron Age settlement was originally occupied almost 2,000 years ago and is one of the finest examples of such in the country. The village was made up of stone-walled homesteads known as ‘courtyard houses’.
On the gentle south-facing slope of Minions Moor, a landscape heavily scarred by mining and quarrying, stand the three great stone circles known as the Hurlers. Folk tales say the stones are local people turned to stone.
Standing on Bodmin Moor, close to Trethevy Quoit and the Hurlers circle, are the granite bases of two late 9th century crosses. The crosses themselves were probably wooden and slotted into the sockets on top of the stones.
Lanyon Quoit is the best-known Cornish quoit, as it stands right beside the road leading from Madron to Morvah. This dolmen collapsed during a storm in 1815 and was re-erected nine years later.
The story of Rialobran is very ancient: it seems that an invader attacked the Glorious Prince, seized his lands and occupied his hillfort. The defeated royalty was forced to flee, possibly to the area around Carn Euny.
This is the best known and preserved circle in Cornwall: it is believed to be complete, which is rare in itself. Its nineteen granite stones are not large, but neat and regular, and form a perfect circle of 23.8m diameter.
St Mawes Castle is among the best-preserved of Henry VIII’s coastal artillery fortresses, and the most elaborately decorated. One of the chain of forts built between 1539 & 1545 to counter invasion threats from France & Spain.
Built half on the mainland and half on a jagged headland projecting into the Cornish sea, Tintagel Castle is one of the most spectacular historic sites in Britain. Its association with King Arthur makes it also one of the most famous.
An interesting and historic Cornish landmark – if the history of the county and its landscapes are of interest, Tregiffian Burial Chamber is well worth exploring on your visit to Cornwall.
This is a particularly well preserved “portal dolmen”, a burial chamber from the late Neolithic period. It is one of the most impressive in Britain. This chamber tomb is dated from the Neolithic or late Stone Age