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The Nine Maidens (Stone Row / Alignment)

Visited the Maidens Sep 2003, after spotting them on our AA road map, very close to the A39 with a handy layby. It seemed a good stop to make on the way back from Tintagel and the Witchcraft museum at Boscastle. I was a bit dubious about the Maiden's authenticity, I have to say, but maybe that's my natural skepticism...

I avoided the stile, as my wife and I had attracted the cows in the field right up to that point in the fence. So I went to a gate a bit further SW down the road. If you walk from there, you pass a few much smaller stones along the edge of a dirt track across the field. Lots of quartz in evidence.

The stones seem a bit hap-hazard: Fallen or pushed? Some of them are standing well and are quite large. There's a ditch (with water) that runs alongside them - that probably doesn't help their stability. It all felt a bit lonely and the stile is the only (dodgy) evidence of a public footpath. I was pretty sure I was trespassing. Still, I touched them all for luck, and shan't forget the visit. I've got a photo my wife took from the layby, which I shall try to submit. Don't know what she thought of me, consorting with maidens in a field on our honeymoon... :-)
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