Conforumist wrote:Very cool, Knight!
Where did "The Hurlers" come from?
No-one really knows, but they are thought to date back to the early Bronze Age or late Neolithic. The name comes from a local legend, that a group of men were turned to stone for the sin of playing Cornish Hurling (a kind of free-for-all rugby, think Unseen Academicals
) on a Sunday. This seems unlikely as the stones are literally older than Sunday, but we shouldn't let that ruin a good story. There are a few more details here
About 500m away is Rillaton Barrow
, a burial mound where a gold cup was found in 1837. Estimates of it's age vary from 1500-2300 BC.
(Not my picture, I must find it again next time I'm up there.)
The Cheesewring, on the other hand, is a natural formation.
Sister Jennifer wrote:Unreal photo's Knight. That looks like the loneliest tree in Cornwall.
I guess I'd never really thought of it as exotic, but then I grew-up around there. It's very exposed up on the moorland, all the trees point with the prevailing wind.
Yet just three miles away - where my parents live - it's very sheltered and green, down in the Lynher river valley. Cornwall has a very mild climate, every now and then you come across an imported palm tree.
Despite the bleakness of the moors they were a hive of activity up until about 1850. The area is riddled with mines and quarries. Cornish tin and copper was traded across Europe for about 4,000 years.