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Castle Canyke


<b>Castle Canyke</b>Posted by pure joyImage © Martin Bull
Nearest Town:Bodmin (1km NW)
OS Ref (GB):   SX086658 / Sheet: 200
Latitude:50° 27' 36.44" N
Longitude:   4° 41' 49.03" W

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<b>Castle Canyke</b>Posted by pure joy


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Visited 20.4.12

A very easy site to access as described by pure joy. The lay by to park in is the second one you come to when travelling north along the minor road to the west of the Hillfort.

The sun was shining, the wind was blowing and the only sound was birdsong.
Black clouds were gathering on the horizon so I knew rain was a’ coming.

Although the site is easy to access in truth there isn’t much to see; although the bank on the south western side is a good 3m high.
Posted by CARL
10th May 2012ce

Castle Canyke Hill Fort - 28.3.2004

This 'hill fort' is best reached by a minor road that connects the A38 on the North side with 'Castle Canyke Rd' on the south side. Halfway along this lane there is a small place to park one car next to a gate with a boulder beside it.

As this is now under a Countryside Stewardship Scheme there is access, via a kissing gate into the north west section of the hill fort. There were obvious signs of cattle being grazed here. The ground is gently sloping and was pretty firm (not generally boggy), so it might be something a person with mobility problems could still visit, if they can negotiate the kissing gate.

The modern farm building at the crown of the hill acts like a hub of a wheel with the hill fort effectively being divided into four quarters by field walls/hedges.

The best preserved section is the south west section with quite a large bank and a small ditch. The north west section (near where you come in) has quite a substantial ditch but no obvious bank.

So, not much to see really, but still a nice position (with good views all around) and fortunately under good management and suffering very little from potential harm from the nearby A38 and A30.
pure joy Posted by pure joy
4th April 2004ce


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This site has strong Arthurian connections.

A bivallate Iron Age fort located on the outskirts of Bodmin is a candidate for Kelliwic (Celliwig), Arthur's court in Culhwch and Olwen and the Welsh Triads.

The placename Callywith occurs just over a mile to the north.
Posted by phil
23rd December 2001ce
Edited 24th March 2013ce