Friday, 20 September 2013

Fernacre stone circle, Rough Tor, Bodmin Moor

Set within the moorland immediately south of Rough Tor, Fernacre stone circle enjoys the opportunity of being easily overlooked - allowing for an appreciation of both its scale and shape within the landscape. Fernacre has been dated to late Neolithic / early Bronze Age - and lies close to the similarly dated stone circles of Stannon and Louden Hill.

Rough Tor itself contains evidence of Neolithic field systems, whilst on its lower slopes the remains of Bronze Age settlements and field systems can be found, the latter partially overlaid with medieval field systems. The summit itself once held a medieval chapel, testament to a continuing spiritual / ceremonial association with the landscape down through millennia.

Fernacre from the flanks of Rough Tor

Fernacre towards Rough Tor

Fernacre looking east

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