Across the UK, there are many fascinating monuments dating back to ancient times.
From the northern-most reaches of Scotland to the dramatic Cornish countryside, mysterious stone circles dot the landscape.
The famous ones include Stonehenge, Wiltshire and Castlerigg in Cumbria.
However, you don’t need to travel the length and breadth of the British Isles to see an wonderful examples of a ceremonial stone circle … we’ve got one just a few miles away at Minions, near Liskeard.
The Hurlers Stone Circles https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/hurlers-stone-circles/ date from the Neolithic or early Bronze Age and are arranged in a linear design, which is unique in England.
Managed by the Cornwall Heritage Trust, there is free parking about a quarter of a mile away from the site. Dogs are welcome if kept on a lead.
Always check the weather conditions as this site within the Bodmin Moor area and is known for changeable meteorological conditions.
Of the 150 prehistoric stone circles identified in England, 16 can be found on Bodmin Moor, which forms the largest of the Cornish granite uplands.
The Hurlers Stones
The Hurlers Stones are a close grouping of three running from the northeast to the southwest, something that is extremely rare in England. Their shapes are also very regular which makes them unique.
The monument was excavated in the 1930s and the site also has two outlying upright stones called the Pipers.
When you get close to the stones, you can detect they were hammered smooth by our ancestors, all those centuries ago.
The postcode for the Hurlers Stone Circles is PL14 5LE.
If you love these magnificent markers of history, there are several other places to visit within a short distance.
The Trethevy Quoit at St Cleer, Liskeard https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/trethevy-quoit/ is just less than two miles from the Hurlers and again is free to enter.
This is a Neolithic ‘dolmen’ burial chamber standing at 2.7 metres high, comprising of five standing stones and a huge capstone.
The postcode for this site is PL14 5JY however please be aware this monument stands on private land. Dogs must be on lead.
King Deniert’s Stone
Just over two miles from the Hurlers and again close to St Cleer, you will find King Doniert’s Stone https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/king-donierts-stone/ two 9th century richly carved pieces of a Celtic cross commemorating Dungarth, King Of Dumnonia, who drowned in around 875 AD.
There is a small layby in which you can park right next to the site and the postcode is PL14 6EG.
Both these incredible pieces of history are managed by the Cornwall Heritage Trust.
There is something mysterious and all encompassing about stone monuments. It is awe-inspiring to think these stunning artefacts will be here forever and will continue to entice and attract people to them in equal measure.
Duloe Stone Circle
And recently, Cornwall’s smallest stone circle has joined the Cornwall Heritage Trust: the Duloe Stone Circle is an ancient site at the southern end of Duloe village, between Liskeard and Looe.
It is managed by CHT on behalf of the Duchy of Cornwall.
CHT protect 16 historic places across Cornwall.
The Duloe Stone Circle was first recorded in 1801 and a Bronze Age urn, containing cremated human bones, was found in the mid-nineteenth century.