1. MIN­IONS

WALKS FOR COU­PLES

Cornwall Life - - FASHION -

A short walk from Min­ions to Stowe Hill is re­warded with a rich slice of Cornwall’s pre­his­toric past and re­cent in­dus­trial his­tory. It could be ac­com­plished in well un­der two hours, but is worth tak­ing time over. Head north past the Hurlers, three Bronze Age stone cir­cles. Ac­cord­ing to leg­end, these are men turned to stone as a pun­ish­ment for hurl­ing on the Sab­bath.

Con­tinue across the trackbed of the Liskeard and Caradon Rail­way (1844– 1917) to the iconic 6m tall Cheesewring on Stowe Hill. So-called from its re­sem­blance to a cheese press, the Cheesewring is a su­perb gran­ite pile sculpted by na­ture. Nearby is Gumb’s Cave, where self-taught as­tronomer Daniel Gumb (1703–73) lived with his wife and nine chil­dren – though room must have been tight! Although Cheesewring Quarry, which sup­plied stone for Lon­don’s West­min­ster and Tower Bridges as well as many lo­cal build­ings, took a mas­sive chunk out of Stowe Hill the Ne­olithic en­clo­sures (c4000–3,500 BC) on the sum­mit sur­vive and are worth ex­plor­ing.

Fol­low the track south from Cheesewring Quarry for fine views to Phoenix United Mine, with the patch­work fields be­yond stretch­ing to the Ta­mar Val­ley, and Dart­moor on the hori­zon. Fi­nally, call at House­man’s En­gine House (the Min­ions Her­itage Cen­tre), with its fas­ci­nat­ing his­tor­i­cal and ge­o­log­i­cal dis­plays and finds.

Ter­rain: Tracks, foot­paths and open moor. Some rocks to clam­ber over. Please take car.

Maps: Ord­nance Sur­vey Ex­plorer 109 ; Lan­dranger 20

Re­fresh­ments: Cheesewring Ho­tel, 01579 362321; Hurler’s Halt 01579 363056 and Min­ions Shop/Tea­room 01579 228652.

Pub­lic Toi­lets: Min­ions

Pub­lic Trans­port: 236 Launce­s­ton/ Liskeard route stops Up­ton Cross, 2km (1 ¼ mile) from Min­ions, week­days 0871 2002233 www.trav­e­linesw.com

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