Round of the Nine Maidens

This route takes you on to the top of a rough moorland area - one of the most westerly on mainland Britain. It also takes you through some fascinating and ancient sites.

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Park at the road junction where the footpath for Men-An-Tol. Follow the wide bridleway gently up hill. When you reach the footpath on your right which takes a short and direct diversion to Men-An-Tol don't be tempted to miss it out. This remarkable stone monument is quite unique and well worth a visit. Returning to the main bridleway, continue for a few hundred metres until you rach a wide and prominent path to the left. Make your way up to the trig point on Watch Croft (lovely views out to sea) and be careful of the descent to the Carn Galver beck. The path returns to high ground. Be aware here that there are several different path options here. You need to make sure you head towards the 9 maindens and eventually Ding Dong mine. In fine weather, the mine should help guide you.

Nine Maidens
The path to the Nine Maidens standing stones can be boggy and wet, so be aware. Continue towards the mines. Keep to the path as there are various air shafts here from old mines. These should be fences, but keeping to the path is still well advised.
As you continue down from the mines, there are once again several path options. The right path leads more directly to the excellent Lanyon Farm Tea Rooms, which are highly recommended!
After your cake break (not not) you can either return directly to your car via the road, or take a small diversion (also on road) to finish at Lanyon Quoit, another absolutely spectacular ancient site.

Lanyon Quoit

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