March Square | Circles


This site is one of the best known megalithic structures in Britain. The name Men-an-Tol means simply ‘holed stone’ and despite having been considered a significant and popular monument from a very early date, its true purpose remains a mystery.

It’s a mystery to me how anyone finds their way to these historic sites in Cornwall, as they are not particularly well sign-posted and often involve squeezing the car into a tiny lay-by, before scaling a stile or two and tramping along a muddy lane. Cornwall Tourist Board “could do better”. 

One week left to join in with Becky’s (“A life of a 40 something”) March challenge of square photographs with the theme:

  1. Squared Squares’ – think multiple squares and squares within squares
  2. Squaring the Circle’ – the perfect post will be a circle within a square

March Square | 24th March

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I have lived in the UK for most of my life, but when young I definitely had wanderlust and even ended up living in South Africa for several years which was a wonderful experience. I now look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

33 thoughts on “March Square | Circles”

  1. Stones with big circles inside! That’s something I’ve never heard of before. I would traipse through a muddy field and climb stiles to see that.

    1. Actually I must return because close by is another stone circle and I think you can walk to the Ding Dong mine, who wouldn’t want to go there!

  2. Amazing that this stone never featured in my Prehistory lectures which mostly comprised slides of artifacts and monuments. Maybe our august lecturers were not up to traipsing down lanes and over stiles to find same. So thank you for the late intro, Jude.

    1. There are quite a few remains on the hills here, but I don’t see any clear way of getting to them, and I am too old to bash my way through bracken and unsuspecting mine shafts!

        1. I’ll pop back and see if the directions are any clearer nowadays. This was a couple of years ago. And the site was covered in cow pats…

  3. What an amazing hole. I bet they were proud of themselves after they’d finished making it. Quite extraordinary.
    Thank you so much for finding it and then remembering it in your archives 😊

  4. I assume the hole is of human making? And not just a water and weather thing? Very impressive anyway, and well done for persevering!

    1. Man-made I believe. Legend has it those with bad backs will be cured by crawling through the hole in the middle stone 3 times! I think you would do serious injury to your back if you tried to squeeze through that hole. It is not very big!

  5. How did they make that perfect circle! If only we could just pop back a few millennia and ask. We felt the same way about Carn Euny Ancient Village. It was so difficult to find, poorly signed and exactly as you say. The car park was miniscule and we had to traverse a muddy track and climb over fences past people’s back yards. The site was fantastic and so interesting. Perhaps they really don’t want people tromping all over it.

  6. National Parks is a bit like that here. I had to walk half a k once to find the sign that told me I was on the track I wanted, and they often have dogs prohibited signs once you’ve entered the park.

  7. Been here! And have done the walk to Ding Dong Mine and the 7 Sisters stone circle (that last title might not be exactly right). Didn’t crawl throug the hole though, which I think is meant to aid fertility or something. Wouldn’t be much good at my age!

    1. I don’t think many people come to these sites anyway, they are fairly remote, but this could be made into a nice circular walk taking in the other stones and the mine on this moor, but of course it is owned by a farmer and he is quite happy to use it for his cattle. Another reason to look where you are going!

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