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Mulfra courtyard houses

Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork


At Bay of Biscay, a minor road heads northwards to the hamlet of Mulfra. From here a footpath wends along between high walls, leading slowly uphill. It reaches a rusting iron gate, and beyond this can be seen the remains of houses in the Mulfra courtyard settlement. The site is cleared by the Cornish Ancient Sites Preservation Network (CASPN), an excellent organisation who have taken on responsibility for care and monitoring of a number of the sites in West Penwith.

The best house of the group is fairly well-preserved, with its thick outer wall surviving to several courses high. A single, megalithic gatepost marks the entrance. At least one other house stood in this field, but the remaining stones are a jumble and the form is not easy to see. But an excellent spot to sit for a while, looking out over the farmland of the area. I suspect that Carfury menhir may be visible from here. You probably won't be disturbed on a visit.

Other houses of the settlement lie in much thicker vegetation on the east side of the footpath, but I don't see anything and feel that I've had enough of bracken for one day (although that will come back to haunt me later)!
thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
17th July 2011ce

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