My fieldnotes from 2 years ago said "try again when weather is better"
Could not have asked for a better day! the sun shone down, there was a nice breeze..and I had the place to myself.
The circle is easily seen from Leskernick Hill on a good day and not far from the footpath just south of it.
Leskernick complex - Southern Stone Circle - 3.4.2003
I found this relatively easy to spot from the top of Leskernick Hill, whereas I couldn’t see it earlier from the ground. Once you get there it is clearly a decent circle that would have been pretty impressive when upright. I'll do a drawing of it soon. As I was getting ready to leave a line of cows were making their way over from the East of Leskernick Hill (I hadn’t seen any cows up to that point - just lots of ponies and some sheep, all on Leskernick Hill) making lots of load mooos. As I walked off to go up Beacon Hill they were still coming, in a long line. Later, when I looked back from the hill I realised they had stopped in the circle, almost as though they were reclaiming it from the human who had just been looking at it.
Craig Weatherhill, in “Cornovia: Ancient Sites of Cornwall & Scilly” (Cornwall Books - 1985, revised 1997 & 2000) says it was only ‘discovered’ in 1973. 22 stones have been traced, some buried, some fallen. There are no upright stones except for a stump on the east side. A true circle with a diameter of 30.6m indicated.
another example of doing the fieldwork first! We were actually looking for Altarnun, and presumed it would be the same side of the main road as the village. So we set of in driving wind and rain into the featureless moorland with visibility fading, searching for the wrong stone circle, which we nearly didn't find. We could see the stone row but didn't venture that far.
We only found the circle whilst dejectedly walking back to the car. We literally stumbled upon it. I didn't even count stones although they are lain flat, and would have stood at an impressive height. I say stood because they didn't look like they were placed in their respective positions. They looked and felt too jumbled for that.
Wish I had looked at the fieldnotes before i went up to Leskernick last weekend. I was begining to think that the OS map was lying!
Did not find any trace of the circles, mind you it was not a day for standing around looking too hard.
Will try again when the weather improves.
Great hut circles on the hillside.