View of moorland looking towards Cheesewring Quarry from Minions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The moorland behind Longhedge is said to be one of the richest and best preserved prehistoric landscapes in the country.

STOWES HILL and POUND

Stowe’s Hill is 1,250ft high (381 metres) and located on the eastern side of Bodmin Moor near Minions.
This granite ridge is dominated by the pre-Iron Age and possibly Neolithic Hilltop Enclosure of Stowe’s Pound.

Two huge and impressive enclosures encircle the summit of Stowe’s Hill, the smaller enclosure is situated around the upper summit to the south and the larger to the north, surrounding the lower summit.

The southern, upper tor enclosure is surrounded with a ruinous flat-topped wall which rises to a height of 4.5 metres in places, the wall is said to be the oldest in Britain. The enclosure contains a number of flat, turf covered areas but little sign of occupation. The wall itself links together a number of tor rock formations that surround the edges of the summit, including the famous Cheesewring. The southern edge of the enclosure has been destroyed by quarrying.

The lower larger enclosure has smaller ramparts, which rise up to around 1.5 metres in parts. The ramparts may have up to 14 entrances. There are around 110 identified hut circles within this lower area, as well as 19 platforms cut into the ground, these cluster around the two entranceways and the southern parts of the enclosure. There are also two flat topped cairns with stone kerbs, one of these it is claimed incorporated a cist which contained a Trevisker pottery urn with 100 flint spearheads, arrowheads and a dagger.

ariel view of prehistoric site near Minions