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Creeg Tol

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<b>Creeg Tol</b>Posted by thesweetcheatImage © A. Brookes (19.10.2020)
Nearest Town:Newlyn (6km ENE)
OS Ref (GB):   SW410277 / Sheet: 203
Latitude:50° 5' 31.88" N
Longitude:   5° 37' 17.9" W

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On the way back to the carriages [from the Boscawen-Un circle] the party visited Careg-Tol, a fine pile of granite rocks not far from the Circle, commanding an extensive view. Thereon are some shallow rock basins, the outline resembling a human foot, and which, being of superhuman size, are locally called giant's or devil's footprints.
From a report of an excursion of the Penzance Natural History and Antiquarian Society, in the Cornubian and Redruth Times, 3rd September 1869.
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
2nd December 2017ce


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Among the rocks at Creeg Tol is what appears to be a tiny (a few feet across) stone circle, consisting of nine stones. I'm assuming it's a recent addition, as I've found no mention of it so far. Any ideas? It's certainly been made to look like the 'real thing', if only for the local piskies.

MARCH 2013: Accidentally found the answer to this on the West Cornwall Dowsers' website regarding a field trip to Boscawen-un stone circle: "In March, the West Cornwall Dowsers went for the first time for them to Boscawen-un stone circle. A good turn out of people went firstly to Creeg Tol rocky outcrop above the circle, where an energy line was found crossing the site on the way to and from St.Buryan church, which was visually apparent on the skyline. The Giant's Footprint and Rory Te Tigo's small stone circle were also investigated."

Rory Te Tigo is a local artist/Pagan/witch living in Penwith, so it is a reasonably recent addition.
Incoming Traveller Posted by Incoming Traveller
26th October 2011ce
Edited 19th March 2013ce

I suppose this must be the Carn Boscawen referred to by Hunt in 'Popular Romances of the West of England'?
Dr Borlase has been laughed at for finding rock-basins, the works of the Druids, in every granitic mass. At the same time, those who laugh have failed to examine those rock-masses with unprejudiced care, and hence they have erred as wildly as did the Cornish antiquary, but in a contrary direction. Hundreds of depressions are being formed by the winds and rains upon the faces of the granite rocks. With these no Druid ever perplexed himself or his people. But there are numerous hollows to be found in large flat rocks which have unmistakably been formed, if not entirely, partly by the hands of man. The Sacrificing Rock, or Carn Brea, is a remarkable example. The larger hollows on the Men-rock, in Constantine, several basins in the Logan Rock group, and at Carn Boscawen, may be referred to as other examples.

Online at
courtesy of the excellent 'sacred texts' website.
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
10th May 2006ce
Edited 2nd December 2017ce

"In going or returning from the circle a pile of rocks is passed on which are several cavities, two of them resembling the impressions of human feet, but much larger. They are called the "Giant's Footsteps". The cairn is known as Careg or Creeg Tol, the holed rock.

JT Blight "A week at The Land's End" 1861
Mr Hamhead Posted by Mr Hamhead
11th March 2004ce

Not far from the Boskawen-Un circle

Considered by some to be a natural outcrop but 'Creeg' in Cornish means 'Barrow' and 'Tol' means 'hole'.........

hence barrow with a hole
Posted by phil
18th October 2002ce