Cornish Farmhouse Bed and Breakfast  a stone's throw from Trethevy Quoit

The Hurlers

The Hurlers is fascinating group of three prehistoric stone circles less than 3 miles from Trethevy Quoit. The close grouping of three Late Neolithic or Early Bronze Age stone circles is extremely rare in England, but a grouping of three such regular circles is unique.

It consists of three adjacent stone circles aligned north-east to south-west. To the west is a pair of outlying upright stones standing close together, known as the Pipers. The monument forms one element in an extensive grouping of later Neolithic and Bronze Age ceremonial and funerary monuments on this part of Bodmin Moor, and the circles are directly aligned with some of these.

Legend has it that The Hurlers are men who were turned to stone for playing the ancient game of hurling on a Sunday. The two isolated stones of the Pipers are said to be the figures of two men who played tunes on a Sunday and suffered the same fate.

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A short walk further on from the Hurlers takes you to The Cheesewring, a strange and precarious-looking outcrop of granite slabs formed by weathering, and Rillaton Barrow a Bronze Age round barrow: the Rillaton Gold Cup, a magnificent early bronze age beaker excavated from the barrow is housed at the British Museum.