Men-an-Tol
Men-an-Tol
Men-an-Tol is an intriguing monument consisting of two upright stones standing on either side of a round stone with a hole through the middle. The site may have been associated with as chambered tomb at one time, as holed stones have been found at such tombs before.
Local legend tells that people who pass through the hole in the stone will be cured of illness. Children could be cured of tuberculosis and rickets by being passed through naked three times, and adults could crawl through nine times to cure themselves of rheumatism.
GETTING THERE:
There is a rough, unpaved parking area on the minor road between Morvah and Madron, at Grid referenc SW418344. It isn't very well signeposted, so be on the lookout! The parking area is about 1/4 mile west of Lanyon Farm. There is room for 8-10 cars. Go through a farm fence - again, not well signed - at the north-east corner of the parking area, and follow the rough track for 800 metres until you come to a signed trail to the right. Here, thankfully, the signpost is very clear, so there's is no danger you will miss the trail.

Go over a stone stile and follow the clear trail for a few hundred metres and you will see the group of standing stones ahead. None of the stones are very high, so at first glance it isn't a very impressive site, but the circular 'hole stone' is marvellous, and I'll wager no one under the age of 15 will be able to resist crawling through the hole in the centre of the stone.

It is hard to visit and not wonder what was in the minds of our ancestors when they created Man-an-Tol. What 'statement' were they trying to make with the shape and alignmet of the stones
The area is rife with prehistoric sites of interest, and Lanyon Quoit is close by.

About Men-an-Tol
Address: Madron, Cornwall, England
Attraction Type: Prehistoric Site
Location: Off the minor road between Madron and Morvah
Location map
OS: SW426 349
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
Opening Details: Open access site, usually accessible at any reasonable time


NEARBY HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS

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

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Levant Mine - 3.5 miles (Historic Building) Heritage Rating

Sancreed Holy Well - 3.5 miles (Prehistoric Site) Heritage Rating



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St Just
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Cornwall
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