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Fernacre Stone Circle - 26.12.2002

From Louden Hill Stone Circle, Fernacre Circle is a pleasant 1½ km walk East. However, on a clear day Fernacre Stone Circle can be seen from quite a distance, and that distance doesn't seem to get much shorter despite vigorous walking!

Once I finally got to Fernacre it just re-enforced what a fascinating area this is - 3 stone circles, Rough Tor, settlements, huts, cairns, a cist....the lot! I counted 59 stones, again rather more than Craig Weatherhill in 'Cornovia: Ancient Sites of Cornwall and Scilly' - Cornwall Books - 1985, revised 1997 & 2000) and The Modern Antiquarian who both count 52, but rather less than Aubrey Burl in his 'Stone Circles of Britain, Ireland and Brittany' (1995), who counts "over 70". There also seems to be quite a strong ditch/dyke about 40 metres South West of this lovely circle.

As I was leaving the circle I heard a very strange noise, like a moan. With no one else around this entire area this was rather spooky. Logic says it was either a 'moo' carried by the wind from one of the cows about 600 metres away, or my shoe squelching as I turned to leave the circle. But sometimes it would be nice to think that for some things in life there are no logical explanations.......
pure joy Posted by pure joy
11th January 2003ce

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