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The Hurlers - Cornwall, England
Stone Cirlces
National Grid Reference: SX 259 714

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How To Get There

These circles are located on Bodmin Moor, around 4 miles north of Liskeard. From Liskeard take the B3254 north as far as Upton Cross. There take a left and head for Minions. There is a car park in the village, the stones are a short walk from there.

Here on Bodmin Moor, surrounded by deserted mines and other industrial wreckage are three stone circles, built close together and all in a line running NNE to SSW. The three circles vary in size from 105 feet to 135 feet across. The largest is the central circle of the formation of three. There are two outliers about 100 meters WSW of the central circle known as "The Pipers". The central circle seems to be the focus of the site due to its size and the fact that it has a central stone.

There have been no archaeological finds at the site which makes dating of the site nothing much more than idle speculation.

The name comes from a legend that says that the stones were once men, turned to stone (presumably by the wrath of God) for "hurling the ball" on the Sabbath. This is a very common theme in the folklore of stone circles. See The Rollright Stones, Long Meg or Nine Ladies for other examples of this legend.

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