Leskernic Tor Again
Leskernic Tor is scattered with tons of what at first glimpse appears to be nothing more than heaps of grantie rock. Stop and take a closer look, and you will see distinctive shapes of former dwelling, reported by the archaeologinsts to be of Neolithic origin, some 8,000 years old.
The picture here is of on ancient calendar, something akin to Stonehenge (but much, much older). I often thought they were placed in this fashion by farmers, as a joke, but no, they are old, very very old!
A few miles to the SouthEast of Camelford and Rough Tor lies Dozmary Pool, visited by considerable numbers of visitors following the Arthurian legends. For it is into this Pool that many believe King Arthur's sword Excalibur*, was cast on Arthur's death.
There is a folk story that the Pool is bottomless, but apparently in 1869 the pool dried up, and so disposed of that legend.
Ancient Leskernick Tor
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This picture, taken before I knew what the structure was, is of my son Jaymes, and his friend, sitting on an 8 thousand-year old Neolithic Quoit. I had passed it many times, sitting on it to rest, then, in 1996 I read a local newspaper article about the place.
Rough Tor (pronounced as in bough) is the second highest point in Cornwall. Easily ascended from the small car park at the end of the narrow road from Camelford, it is owned by the National Trust, but is unfenced, and animals freely roam here.
Source of the River Fowey
The majestic Rover Fowey (pronounced like 'Foy') has its source high up on Bodmin Moor. I have walked to the actual 'source', which is really nothing more than a largish peaty bog, oozing with dark brown water, where the sheep and cattle graze and do everything else in the murky water here!
A mile or so farther downstream (if you can call it a stream), the stream very quickly becomes a small river, as it is fed by numerous smaller streams, and rather larger peat bogs.
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Not far from Rough Tor, and actually within walking distance if you have a good map, is the famous Jamaica Inn. Situated in the small village of Bolventor, on the edge of the main A30 road, Jamaica Inn is a place that many travellers to Cornwall insist on visiting. Until this year, there were some museums here, but the museum articles have been auctioned off, and the buildings are to be used for other purposes.
I have to say that Jamaica Inn isn't one of my favourite places to visit, but then I do live nearby! More to follow.
Fernacre Stone Circle
It's been many years since I visited Fernacre Stone Circle, which, until a new gravel road was put through in recent years, was not easily accessed. As far as I remember, the circle was more or less complete, probably due to its isolated position, away from the main roads, and therefore, the majority of tourists.
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