Hurlers Stone Circles
Legends lie at the heart of Hurlers Stone Circles. You may have heard about the famous Cornish Pixies that roam the land or even walked in the footsteps of King Arthur Pendragon himself.
But we’ve discovered a legend that’s been lying unnoticed in Cornwall that we think is sure to intrigue you. Ever heard of Hurlers Stone Circles?
Where stories become legends
The legend goes that a group of men were playing a game of hurling, a traditional Cornish sport.
But when time ticked away and Saturday crept into Sunday, the men were punished for playing on the Lord's Day and turned to stone.
Evidence suggests the stones date back to the late Neolithic or early Bronze Age, which means these stone men have been watching over the Bodmin Moor countryside for anywhere between 3,500 to 5,000 years.
The natural beauty of Cornwall
The short walk from the car park to the stones sets up the day incredibly well. The land around you falls away and it soon becomes obvious why Cornwall is a place where myths and legends are so abundant.
Below your feet, lush grasses stretch away, only to be interrupted by a blue and white speckled sky stretching from horizon to horizon.
The natural beauty of the place is truly breathtaking; the stones signifying that although a lot of time has passed between the ages of humankind, some things will always remain beautiful.
When you’re exploring the stones, you may notice there are two located quite a distance away from the main circles. Well just like the men playing, the musicians twiddling away on their pipes suffered the same fate.
But although the Pipers are locked in stone, music still flows through the area.
The whistling pipes have been replaced with the wind which sweeps in over the ground, birdsong that arrives and disappears by the moment, sounds of chomping ponies grazing nearby: the music of nature.
Adventures further afield
There are some more wonderful sites nearby Hurlers Stone Circles which are great ways to extend your adventure in the area.
You may have already noticed one of them standing away just across from the stone circles. Just to the east, the remains of the Phoenix mines watch over the Cornish landscape.
Or northwards, the unique and unmissable Cheesewring is a must-see. Not only because the stones themselves are so impressive, but the views over the area are truly remarkable as well.
So what do you reckon? Fancy pulling those laces tight and going on an adventure? If you're headed in the direction of Hurlers Stone Circles, let's just say you're beginning in the right place.