Walk of the Month: Minions and the Cheesewring
A circular walk around the iconic landmarks at Minions, including The Hurlers stone circles, The Cheesewring and the engine houses of the South Phoenix Mine.
- The Hurlers stone circles, cairns and other remnants of ancient Neolithic civilization
- The Cheesewring – a weather-sculpted granite tor, and other tors on Stowe’s Hill
- Panoramic views across Bodmin Moor and surrounding countryside from Stowe’s Hill
- Engine houses and other relics of the Pheonix United add South Phoenix mines
- Pretty woods and countryside around Henwood
- Proper eccentric rural village where free-range sheep join customers in the pub beer garden and yellow-and-blue minions figures adorn road signs and houses
The walk passes The Hurlers stone circles, the Bronze Age Rill aton barrow where a gold goblet was found, and the stone hut of eccentric stone mason and mathematician Daniel Gumb. The route then climbs Stowe’s Hill to the Cheesewring formation and crosses a neolithic walled enclosure to reach the summit. The walk descends to the valley hamlet of Sharptor then a lane and bridleways lead to the engine houses of the Phoenix United Mine. The walk then follows mining trails along the edge of Craddock Moor, passing the Minions Heritage Centre and The Cheesewring pub to complete the circular route.
Gradients: The main climb on the route is to the Cheesewring. There is a steady climb along the lane after Sharptor.
Distance: 3.5 miles – Steepness: Moderate
Footwear: waterproof boots
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