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