The Merry Maidens
The Merry Maidens
A circle of 19 small stones in a field near Lamorna, on the Lands End to Newlyn road. This is probably the best preserved of all the stone circles in Cornwall, and it is, unusually, believed to be complete and unaltered.
The circle is remarkably regular, being nearly perfectly circular, on a diameter of 78 ft (23.8 m), with the stones evenly spaced at 12 foot intervals (with a larger gap of 20 feet at one point). Though the stones are not tall or impressive like more famous stone circles (think Avebury or Stonehenge), the setting more than makes up for that. I've been to the Merry Maidens a couple of times now and I find it really atmospheric and intriguing.
The Merry Maidens are so named because local legend tells that the stones were 19 maidens who were turned to stone for daring to dance on a Sunday. Across the road are a pair of stones called The Pipers, who were supposedly the pipers who played the music for the maidens' dance. A very short walk west along the road brings you to Tregiffian burial mound, an early Bronze Age chambered tomb in the care of English Heritage.

About Merry Maidens
Address: Lamorna, Cornwall, England
Attraction Type: Prehistoric Site
Location: On the B3315, 3/4 mile west of Lamorna
Location map
OS: SW433 245
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
Opening Details: Open access site, usually accessible at any reasonable time


Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest

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