The Cheesewring

Several years ago the OH and I went off to Bodmin Moors to see the Hurlers – a set of three stone circles close to the moorland village of Minions. The stones are said to be groups of men who were playing hurling on a Sabbath and turned to stone as a punishment. On that day the weather closed in and we could barely see the stones even though they were in touching distance. The moors were boggy and wet and although we intended to walk to the Cheesewring we weren’t going to attempt it from the Hurlers. Heading for the other, closer car park at the other side of the village we totally missed it and went flying past.

So at the end of September after walking around nearby Siblyback Lake I decided to have another attempt even though the weather, once again, was not looking promising.

The Cheesewring is a short walk (approx. 1½ km to the north) across the eastern flank of the moor. On a clear day its distinct shape can be seen from most parts of the Minions moor – standing on the edge of the Cheesewring Quarry.

The Cheesewring Quarry

Its shape has been the subject of many debates; the result of weather erosion on the granite strata of the moor over many years.

I think it is this way…
Old mine ruins

The area has been intensively mined with old disused engine houses dotting the landscape and mine shafts on the moors, thankfully fenced off to prevent the unwary from falling in. The railway at the Cheesewring opened in 1844 and was used to transport the silver-grey granite to Liskeard and Looe for export, the old track is still visible in parts and is often used by the rambler or horse rider to explore the area.


From the Cheesewring the views across the Cornish countryside and into Devon are nothing less than stunning on a clear day.

It is out there… somewhere!

One problem is that it is very difficult to get a ‘clear day’ on Bodmin Moors. As you can see from these photos. Oh, well. Maybe I shall attempt it again one day.

At last

If you like a walk, long or short, then please visit Jo for her regular strolls in the UK and the Algarve and maybe you would like to join in too. She’s very welcoming.


  1. We regularly visit the Cheesewring whenever we are staying near Both in. It looks as if you approach it from a different direction and I wasn’t aware of an alternative. So thank you, I’ll look into that 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      This route is from the car park at the Minions Heritage Centre. It is an easy walk until you reach the quarry.

  2. 76sanfermo says:

    Impressive landscapes!

    1. Heyjude says:

      It is quite bleak up there with a wild beauty.

  3. beetleypete says:

    Despite the weather, that misty murky walk was packed full of atmosphere for your photos.
    Best wishes, Pete. x

    1. Heyjude says:

      Coming back was horrid though as the rain really did come down. I was very glad I had changed into my hiking boots so at least my feet were toasty warm and DRY!

  4. susurrus says:

    The mist adds atmosphere. I must have seen too many ghosts and pumpkin faces today as the old mine ruin looks very ghoulish.

    1. Heyjude says:

      I wouldn’t want to get lost up there!

  5. Joanne Sisco says:

    These kinds of vistas are so foreign to me. There is a magical sense to them and the fog merely adds to the mystery. This looks like a great place to hike and explore – regardless of the weather.

    1. Heyjude says:

      It’s normally very boggy so good boots or wellies are essential practically all year round. One day I will get to see it in sunshine…

  6. Anabel Marsh says:

    Very atmospheric pictures, though I can feel the damp seeping into my bones!

    1. Heyjude says:

      It’s quite a long drive to Bodmin from my house so as we were already in the vicinity I had to make the effort to find the rocks. I knew the rain was coming, just a pity it arrived before I had the chance to reach the formation. Another day…

  7. Elizabeth says:

    I especially liked the one of the fog around the stones.

  8. restlessjo says:

    Not so regular strolls these days, Jude 🙂 🙂 Though I should be back on Monday. Just got to make up my mind where to walk and regain my focus. I love the moody mysterious look to this, though I’m sure a sunny day would be better. Thank you very much for remembering me. 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      How can I forget you? Another misty walk scheduled for next week, but a little treat for you before then so watch out…

      1. restlessjo says:

        How indeed? Read my comment on Becky’s post today and you’ll probably have a chuckle too. 🙂 🙂

  9. This is a beautiful post. I’m a fan of the misty moisty for photography, and that last photo particularly shows how it pulls out colour and sharpness. For a bonus, a story of men into stones – at least no giants. See what happens when you don’t take a day of rest! I enjoyed your sheep captions too.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Misty, moisty photos are fine unless you are the photographer! More to come when I show you the walk around the lake.

  10. Thanks for the reminder not to play games of hurling on Sundays! Seriously though, it might have been misty and damp but the weather gave you beautiful photos Jude. Maybe you need to camp out close by until you get a fine day. 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      When we were house hunting we quickly learned to avoid looking in the Bodmin area – it always seems to be wet there: there is no way you’d catch me camping!!

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