|We had spent the day at the Eden Project and I really did not want to lug around all my gear in the heat, instead I decided to rely on my son's pocket camera. From the car park it is only a short walk to the Minions but it seems so much longer when you arrive and discover your camera battery has gone dead. .. Retrieving my camera bag, I met my son at the Pipers, two standing stones , slightly to the west of the stone circles. He took a few photos with the recently retrieved battery pack and then started to head for the rock outcropping in the distance. I on the other hand could not phantom why he wanted to walk so far. He was certain that the rock outcropping was the site of the 'cheasewring' but I was not that certain and I did not want to take a, unnecessary, long walk in the heat. Instead I used the video camera's telephoto lens to take some photos of the rock outcropping. Once I had a chance to view the rock outcroppings photos on a large screen I realize my son was right as to the location of the 'cheesewring'.
Click on the photo above for a panoramic view.
On our visit to the Hurlers we observed a couple "dowsing" the circle. Apparently, the Hurlers attract individuals from all over the world seeking to feel the energy that, some report, comes from the circle. With the couple I observe, one stood at a particular spot in the circle while the other moved in and about the stones. The one with in the circle would then report when the other individual triggered a hot spot.
Above - The Cheesewrings, click on photo for bigger view.
The Cheesewring is about one mile north of the Stone Circles. There is some disagreement as to the origins of these oddly stacked stones. Some believe the stones were stacked in this odd configuration by the people that build the Hurlers. Others, geologist for the most part, view the stones as a natural phenomena, an artifact created by the effect of erosion on the rock.
Just 1/4 mile, or so, north east of the Hurlers one can also find Rillaton Barrow, a burial barrow dating back to the bronze age. We were not aware of the barrow on our visit but apparently one can easily over look it when seeking it out on the Moor. The area was actively mined for tin and copper in the 1800's, resulting in a landscape that serves to obscure the barrow. Miners excavating the tomb found the Rillaton Gold cup , which is now located in the British Museum