An ancient land full of Stone Circles, Quoits, Holy Wells, Cliff Sanctuaries, and more.

Greetings and Salutations from my home in Western North Carolina.  It seems a virus got hold of me a day or so before leaving England and I’ve been in the throws of it ever since.  Having come through the worst, I now find myself in what seems to be a glacially-paced recovery period so thought I’d take this opportunity to draft a blog post about my time in far southwest Cornwall, West Penwith to be precise.

Spoiler Alert.  I loved it and could easily live there. I know.  I know.  I say that about lots of places I visit and its true every time!

I chose to base myself in Penzance, which gave me easy access to all of the sites (and sights) I hoped to visit.  On the map below, Penzance is on the navy blue coast right above the “e” in Penwith. And just to get our bearings, West Penwith sort of dangles off the far southwest tip of Cornwall just like Cornwall dangles off the far southwest tip of England.

As I mentioned in earlier posts, I am interested in Earth Energies and Christianity’s pre-Christian roots. This part of Cornwall, considered West Penwith, Penwith being the District, is chock-a-block full of ancient sites, Alignments, Leys, etc. In fact, there is a greater concentration of prehistoric sites in West Penwith than in any other part of England. 

 
I’ve taken the info below directly from the, Ancient West Penwith website.

“West Penwith is roughly 16 x 12 km (10 x 8 miles) in size, bounded by sea-cliffs on three sides, and it has over 700 ancient sites, big and small.  

These include neolithic tor enclosures, cliff castles and quoits around 5,700 years old; stone circles, menhirs, cairns and mounds around 4,000 years old; and also carns, fogous, rounds, holy wells, early Christian crosses and churches.
 
In the bronze age Penwith was well known as a source of tin, gold and copper. 4,000 years ago it sat at the hub of a maritime Atlantic-coast culture stretching from Portugal to Scandinavia.
 
There was a system to the way Penwith’s ancient sites were located and built. They were built in patterns of alignment, forming a network that knitted into an integral system covering the peninsula. This suggests their hidden purpose: a prehistoric geo-engineering project aiming to improve the ecosystem, the climate and the wellbeing of its people. A far-fetched idea? Yes. Is there evidence? Yes, here on this website.”  
I find this a fascinating rabbithole of a website, so if you’d like to do some exploring, click here. If you’d rather move on along, let’s head straight to some of the experiences I had during my week long stay.

First up is the banner photo of the Bronze Age Boscawen-ûn, Stone Circle, which lies at the intersection of 6 significant alignment lines, so is directly connected to many other ancient sites in the area.  I loved this circle and visited it often. 

It consists of 19 standing stones around 3.5ft tall set in a circle surrounding a much larger one (6ft or so) set at a sharp angle, offset in the center. Of particular note is the precise positioning of the center stone as it aligns with very specific solar and lunar activity at both the Summer and Winter solstices.  These solar and lunar alignments seem to be a common occurrence with standing stones and stone circles.  Just think of the understanding the builders had to have possessed of the movements of the sun and moon in order to create these precise alignments 4000 years ago.

Also of note is the huge, almost pure quartz stone positioned in the sw portion of the circle while all the other stones making up the circle are plain grey granite.  It does make one wonder how and for what purpose these circles were built back in “The Dark Ages”.  Why the celestial alignments and why the one quartz stone?  Why was the circle built here and not over there? Any why is the center stone not in the center? Questions abound.

Yet another point of note is the Mary Energy Line which flows directly into the circle but abruptly changes direction when it hits the standing stone in the center.  Again, questions abound. Was the circle built here because of this energy flow and is the center stone off center because that is where the flow changes direction or  is it the stone that causes the flow to change?

Boscawen-ûn is considered one of the major stone circles of England and surprisingly (and happily to me) it is accessed by a nondescript pullout large enough for 3 small cars on the side of a road.  There is no sign.  A very narrow single track foot path leads about 10 minutes through thick bracken and hedge, until you are suddenly upon it without notice.

Up next, let’s take a look at two of the Quoits I visited.  What is a Quoit, you may ask.  Well, I’m not sure anyone can truly agree.  They are mysterious indeed.  Some say they are ancient burial chambers, others disagree and say they are energy chambers of some sort.  I am inclined toward the later, but what everyone seems to agree on is that Quoits date back to 3,700-3,300 BCE (early to mid Neolithic) and are made up of an average of 3-5 standing stones with a VERY large capstone across on top.

The top two photos below are Zennor Quoit and the bottom two are Chûn Quoit. 

To me, these two Quoit(s) could not be any different, both structurally and energetically.  

At the top we have Zennor Quoit whose access I found both beautiful and adventurous. The story of how I gained overland access is for another time.  Right now, it’ll have to remain between the cows and me. 

You can see it is made up of standing slabs of stone and is capped by a large stone slab at an angle.  There are two small chambers within the Quoit in addition to what I call, the “standing chamber” at its “front door”.   You can see this front door and standing chamber looking straight on in the left hand photo.  Additionally, there are smaller standing stones across from the front door seen in both photos.  I stood in the standing chamber with my back against the tall vertical stone.  What came to mind almost immediately was an electric generator.  I felt as if there was enough available power on hand to light a small city.  I kid you not.

Conversely, we have Chûn Quoit seen in the bottom two photos.  This quoit is made up of 4 standing slabs of stone with one large capstone.  There is one chamber inside.  Crawl into it I did and don’t let that gap in the stone in the left hand photo fool you.  It took some doing for me to wriggle my shoulders through its widest point and get my long body inside.  Once inside, instead of feeling powerful energy of any sort, I felt nothing at all and a type of nothing I have never encountered anywhere, ever.  While I was pondering this along with wondering about the possibility of being stuck or the thing collapsing after so many thousands of years, I realized this nothing feeling was akin to a vacuum or isolation chamber, which I found VERY interesting, especially when compared to what I felt at Zennor Quoit.  Hmmmm, most interesting indeed.  Why does  one feel like a generator and one a vacuum?  And why were they built on ridges seemingly in the middle of nowhere?  Except they weren’t, they are both in direct alignment with other ancient sites in West Penwith.  If you are interested in reading further about the idea of Quoits as Energy Chambers and their potential uses as such, click here.  Like me, you may find it illuminating.

I took the photo below on the way back to my car from the Zennor Quoit.  Let’s just say the path back to my car was far more civilized than my approach. These pancake looking rocks are clustered high up an a ridge point overlooking fields far below and the sea beyond.

I did go to another Quoit, Lanyon Quoit, likely the most accessible and therefore most visited Quoit in the area due to the fact that it sits behind a stone wall/hedge, right next to a road. It is also the Quoit with the most alignments. Picture a wheel with many spokes radiating outward. While the other two I visited are believed to be in their original state, this one had fallen into a disarray at some point during its long life and was incorrectly reconstructed during Victorian times. 

I went, I saw, and other than the beautiful surrounds, I kind of felt like Chevy Chase looking at the Grand Canyon. Ha!   My attention kept being drawn off to the side a ways though, so I followed the call and found the sweetest spring coming up next to a half submerged standing stone with a wind blown hawthorn (Holy Thorn?) tree standing sentinel.  I very much enjoyed the soft energy at the Spring for quite some time.

Lanyon Quoit

The sweet little Spring and stone are tucked in this little alcove under the protection of the windblown hawthorn which has grown to cover both.  You can see the Quoit in the background.

Let’s see.  What else?  I visited so many wonderful sites and have so many photos, it’s hard to choose which to include.  

Below is a shot of the top of Trencrom Hill which houses the remains of a very ancient Hill Fort with the beach at St. Ives in the distance.

What you’re seeing next is an authentic Cornish coastal home found in the village of Penberth.  I counted this house plus maybe 4 more and NOTHING else for miles.  This home was used in the filming of, Poldark. If you’re unfamiliar, it’s a great show on PBS based in late 18th century Cornwall at the end of the big copper boom, 

It is here that I picked up the Southwest Coastal Path for a few miles hike toward, Treryn Dinas, my destination.  Treryn Dinas is an Iron Age Cliff Castle/Sanctuary.  Check out the video. And if you want to know more about the 630 mile Southwest Coastal Path, England’s longest National Trail, click here.

Some of you may have seen these next or similar photos on Facebook.  I took them at Cape Cornwall, long thought to be the western most point of England until Land’s End was discovered to be a bit more westerly.  To the right are the remains of the tiny early Christian church, St. Helen’s Oratory, circa early 6th century.

So often while walking to or from a site, I’d look up to see St. Michael’s Mount in the distance, just like in the photo below. It’s the mountainous tidal island in the bay, accessible by foot along a stone causeway at low tide or by boat otherwise.  I had hoped to walk over, but due to the tides on the day, that wasn’t an option, so I took one of the 12 passenger water taxi boats going back and forth in a seemingly never ending loop.

Lots of Earth Energy enthusiasts make their way to St. Michael’s Mount because not only do the Michael and Mary energy lines cross there, but the Apollo and Athena energy lines cross there at the same point.  A map of these energy lines may be had, but you have to know to ask for it at the Harbor Master’s Office.  🙂 

I’ve drawn a black line to point roughly to the spot where the four energy lines cross each other before winding their way separately across sea and countryside.  That area isn’t open to the public, so I utilized stealth mode and it worked out just fine.  There is also a WW2 pillbox very near the energy line crossing, just FYI.

There is SO very much history associated with this tiny tidal island.  Archaeologists have found indicators of human activity dating back 8000 years.  Yes, 8000 years!  Since then, it has been many, many things.  For example, it has been a Fort, Monaestary, Priory, Castle, Garrison, and Private Home, which it currently still is.  And, not only is it closely connected with it’s French tidal island counterpart, Mont Saint- Michel, it is also the resting place of a Giant whose bones were found in a crypt beneath the chapel and were long ago moved to the onsite cemetery where they remain to this day.  How about that?  More intrigue associated with this tiny, 8×10 mile patch of earth called, West Penwith.

Above you can see the castle which began its life as a Benedictine Priory in the year 1135 and has been extensively added onto since.  The original priory cannot be seen in this photo as it is on the other side.

I doubt very much they had need of cannon, so it obviously became a fortress some time later.  Below you can see the very thick walls and front door complete with lowering iron gate.  To the right is someone’s chainmail helmet of yore hanging for affect.

And finally, my outing with the Trencrom Dowsers, a chapter of The British Society of Dowsers, established 1933.  Being a novice dowser myself, I reached out to this local chapter many months ago to see how best to access Carn les Boel, a site I wanted to visit, but is located on the far side of private property.  I made friends with one of the Officers of the club who decided to create a club outing during my visit, so I could join them.  How very nice!  You see, Carn les Boel is where both the Michael and Mary energy lines enter England from the sea, so visiting this spot was high on my list.  They come in separately here and meander quite separately around the countryside until  they cross at St. Michael’s Mount.

Of course it was spitting rain off and on and blowing a gale on the day, but off we trekked, cobbling together 2 or so miles of public footpath, skirting fields and the odd house along the way until we arrived at our destination, Carn les Boel, another Iron Age Cliff Castle/Sanctuary.  Here is a photo of some of the group dowsing the Mary line to determine the changes in it since we first arrived and took initial measurements.  Did you know an energy line or node point will be one thing when you first arrive and change, sometimes drastically, the more you pay attention to and interact with it?  It’s true.  I’ve seen it.

That sweet lady in the cute red raincoat is the late Hamish Miller’s wife, Ba.  I have most of their books about Earth Energies and Dowsing.  She is a complete delight and we enjoyed talking about our time in New Zealand and Castle Hill in particular.  In addition to writing, The Sun and the Serpent about the Michael Line through England, they wrote a book also with Paul Broadhurst called, In Search of The Southern Serpent, about the energy lines Down Under.  Such interesting stuff.  Did you know throughout time and across cultures, earth energy lines or flows have very often been referred to as dragons or serpents?  Long before dragons and serpents were put in a derogatory light, they represented The Divine and/or Divine Wisdom, and/or Divine Life Force, but that is a many layered topic for another venue.

I could go on and on and on with more photos and commentary about my time in far southwest Cornwall, but I think this is enough, so wrap up I will.  Hopefully you have enjoyed this little peep into Cornwall.

I turn my head now toward my next trip which begins on December 9 and will go to March 1.  Africa is the continent and Egypt, Uganda, and South Africa are the countries, so be sure to stay tuned.

Until next time…

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Comments:

  • Heather

    October 15, 2023

    Wow! What a fascinating place. You were totally in your element. Amazing that you met Ba too. A treat for you for sure. Hope you are feeling better!

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  • Tena

    October 15, 2023

    I’m always thrilled to see your beautiful pictures and hear about the history, mystery and myth of the places you visit. Reading your blog is like going on a spiritual quest in my own home. Thanks, Margie

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