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Trewavas Cliff

Chambered Cairn


Walking the section of the South West Coast Path between Praa Sands and Porthleven (16.6.2011) produced an unexpected treat. Many Cornish cliff top barrows are just low mounds or are lost in the vegetation, so we headed to Trewavas Cliff without any expectations, especially as I haven't found any mention of the barrow in any of the regional guidebooks I have.

As it turns out, it's a bit of a lost gem. Rather overwhelmed by summer grasses and clifftop vegetation, it boasts a clear chamber, with one very thick roofing cap still in place on its supporting side slabs and two other stones displaced either side. Almost like a Scillonian type entrance grave, but not shown as such. It's a wild and windswept spot, with views to The Lizard and back towards West Penwith. The low remains of an ancient Cornish granite hedge snake past to the tip of the headland, compounding the timeless feel of the location.

[Post-visit check of Pastscape suggests that an "official" visit would be beneficial, as only Glyn Daniel's 1950 notes bear any relation to what can be seen. One of the records from the 1910s suggests the barrow's stones have been broken up and thrown down leaving nothing to see!]
thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
6th July 2011ce
Edited 7th July 2011ce

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