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Trethevy Quoit

Trethevy Quoit – The Giant’s House

Located on the southern side of Bodmin Moor is the biggest, and best preserved of all of Cornwall’s quoits – Trethevy Quoit.In this photo you can clearly see the hole cut into the capstone letting the sunlight through. The purpose of this hole is not certain, although it is suggested to have had some astronomical use. Whatever the use it must have taken significant effort in the days before power tools and tungsten carbide drill bits!

Quoits of this kind are also known as portal dolmens, portal refers to the entrances and a dolmen is a burial chamber. This dolmen dates back to the Stone Age and must have been built for someone of great importance. What we see today is would have been buried under a mound of earth when it was constructed, leaving just a stone chamber.

Trethevy Quoit is an unimaginable feat of engineering. The enormous capstone alone weighs several tons and placing it on top of the other stones would have taken considerable manpower.

At the time of writing there are concerns over the site as horses have been allowed to graze the field. This has not only churned up the field and grass around the monument but could eventually, if left unchecked cause structural damage.

Brown Willy

Brown Willy on Bodmin Moor

The highest and most amusingly named point in Cornwall, Brown Willy. The name is actually derived from the Cornish Bron Wennyly which, rather unamusingly, means “Swallow’s Hill”. Another possibility is it was called Bron Ughella, which means highest hill.
Whatever, the derivation there is a good deal of local interest in having the name changed back to one of these historic forms.

The tor is located on the northern edge of Bodmin Moor and stands at 1,378 feet (420 metres) above sea level. At the summit are two cairns (or rock piles) – folklore claims that an ancient Cornish King is buried under one.