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Boswens Croft

Standing Stone / Menhir


OK, I've tried a couple of times to get here - each time giving up within 100 yards or so of the prize.

My first attempt was along the defined path toward the radio station. Sadly, this got me close, but the barbed wire fencing and waist high gorse combined to thwart me.

Today I tried a different approach. Following the track east from the road, then heading south along what, according to the MAGIC map, is a pathway leading very close to the stone. Unfortunately, the same barbed wire fence continues rght round the area, and the path no longer exists. I did pop over a gate and got into the field though, and the pathway 'sort of' exists, but within a couple of hundred yards of the stone is gobbled up by the encroaching gorse, and as the horseflies were having a good feed on my arm and not wishing to encounter any adders in the gorse, I backed off again.

Back at the car, a local lady was talking to Mikki, explaining that the farmers received a lot of money to fence off the area (despite it being Right to Roam land!), and this had detered the horseriders. Subsequently, the path had become unused and is gradually disappearing. I may well raise this issue with CASPN when I see them tomorrow.
ocifant Posted by ocifant
15th July 2006ce
Edited 15th July 2006ce

Comments (2)

I'm one of the horse riders who have been prevented from exercising the right of centuries on Carn Kenidjack by this awful scheme, and lethal "bridle gates" imposed by Natural "England" after European funds were made available on a unique and ancient landscape they know nothing about. Carn Kenidjack is now grazed by up to 16 monstrous and totally untraditional longhorns with 3 foot horn spans, with more occasionally grazing Longstone Croft by the Boswens Stone. Just one farmer is involved, and he's getting an annual handout of £20,000 of YOUR money for doing next to nothing. Please look up the web site: Save Penwith Moors and support our opposition to this damaging scheme - which has damaged the Tregeseal Stone Circle three times in 2 years. Posted by craig weatherhill
5th May 2011ce
I'm sorry to say that, so far, CASPN has adopted a fence-sitting attitude to this scheme of fencing and grazing and, although they supposedly monitor the monuments, this doesn't seem to be taking place. The 3 incidents of damage to the stone circle by cattle activity have been discovered by members of Save Penwith Moors (two of whom - Ian Cooke and myself - are archaeologists). Posted by craig weatherhill
5th May 2011ce
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