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Zennor Carn

Up Zennor Carn

The weird and wonderful rocks that one finds up Zennor Carn. I think I stumbled across this wonderous collection of strangely formed rocks whilst in search of Zennor Quoit, which I found some years later (not on the same walk you understand!). There are many ancient sites in this vicinity but this is all natural; from the stacked rocks to the granite rock basin. I read somewhere that there are ‘zoomporphic forms’ here to. I’m going to hazard a guess and say that these are rocks that look a little like animals, probably not animals with rock-like appearances.

This is a great spot though. Overlooking the village of Zennor below and with sweeping views in all directions. Most of the time you’ll have the place to yourself and even though it’s usually windy up top you can find a nook out of the wind on a sunny early summer’s afternoon. I recall another time thinking I had the place to myself only to find a friend of mine’s brother eating his sandwiches in a little rock cranny round the other side.

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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.