Cheesewring-Bodmin Moor

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Cheesewring-Bodmin Moor

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The Cheesewring is a granite tor in Cornwall, United Kingdom, situated on the eastern flank of Bodmin Moor on Stowes Hill in the parish of Linkinhorne approximately four miles (6 km) north of Liskeard. It is a natural geological formation, a rock outcrop of granite slabs formed by weathering. The name derives from the resemblance of the piled slabs to a "cheesewring", a press-like device that was once used to make cheese.

Wilkie Collins described the Cheesewring in 1861 in his book Rambles Beyond Railways:

If a man dreams of a great pile of stones in a nightmare, he would dream of such a pile as the Cheesewring. All the heaviest and largest of the seven thick slabs of which it is composed are at the top ; all the lightest and smallest at the bottom. It rises perpendicularly to a height of thirty-two feet, without lateral support of any kind. The fifth and six rocks are of immense size and thickness, and overhang fearfully all round the four lower rocks which support them. All are perfectly irregular; the projections of one do not fit into the interstices of another; they are heaped up loosely in their extraordinary top-heavy form on slanting ground, half way down a steep hill.

Located adjacent to the Cheesewring Quarry and surrounded by other granite formations, this landmark was threatened with destruction in the late nineteenth century by the proximity of blasting operations, but was saved as a result of local activism.

Legend

A local legend says that the Cheesewring is the result of a contest between a man and a giant. When Christianity had just been introduced to the British Islands, the giants who lived at the top of the mountains were not happy about it. The Saints had invaded their land and were declaring their wells as sacred. One of the larger giants, Uther, was given the task of ridding their land of the Saints. He confronted the frail St Tue, who proposed a rock throwing contest. If Uther won, the Saints would leave Cornwall. If St. Tue won, then the giants would convert to Christianity. Uther took his turn first and easily threw a small rock to the top of nearby Stowe's Hill. St Tue prayed for assistance, and picking up a huge slab found it was very light. One after the other, they threw their rocks, stacking them up in perfect piles. When the score was twelve stones each, Uther threw a thirteenth stone, but it rolled down the hill. St Tue picked up this fallen stone, and as he lifted it, an angel appeared to carry it to the top of the pile of rocks. Seeing this, Uther conceded, and most of the giants decided to follow Christianity after that.

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Comments (20)

Hielke Roelevink on May 22, 2012

Leuk zeg,heb nog ergens een analoog beeld '79 van me zelf zittend op één van de panne koeken,pracht gebied Erik dat Cornwall. Later Hielke

Nadia Kushnir on May 22, 2012

WOW!!!!! Very nice view! Like!

Bassam Jayousi on May 22, 2012

Beautiful view and shot. Like

Greetings, Bassam

cjlin on May 23, 2012

Very special geological structure. cjlin

~Marlene~ No Views! on May 23, 2012

Amazing rock formations, very well captured, Erik! Like

Greetings, Marlene

bdeh on May 24, 2012

Prachtige opname Erik, de mensen geven mooi de afmetingen weer. MOOI. Groeten Berend

Erik van den Ham on May 24, 2012

Hallo Hielke en Berend hier op de top kwamen we ook nog een stel Engelsen tegen waarvan er één in dit gebied was opgegroeid. Het laats was hij hier geweest zo'n 40 jaar geleden toen hij 14 jaar oud was. Het gebied (en Cornwall) is zeker prachtig en wil ik ook een ieder van harte aanraden om te bezoeken. Deze padvinders kon ik mooi gebruiken om de verhoudingen duidelijk te maken want anders lijkt het net een stapel flinke kiezelstenen!

Hello * Nadia, Bassam, cjlin* en Marlene these old rocks are so pretty the weathering took away all the sharp edges and made giant pancakes of them.

Groeten, Greetings, Erik

Chris10 © on May 24, 2012

Hoi Erik. Nog steeds naar 't zin, zie ik ;) Deze 'kiezelstenen' heb je fantastisch gefotografeerd! Als die hoop op elkaar liggende stenen kiezels zouden moeten zijn, wat zouden dan die kleintjes voor naam hebben. Lol.

Bij jullie ook zo lekker weer? Hier vallen de kraaien bijna van 't dak, maar mij hoor je niet klagen hoor. Doeg hè. Groetjes, Christien.

M.Kranenborg-Torn on May 25, 2012

Op het eerste gezicht denk je leuk stapelstenen, totdat je de figuurtjes ziet. Mooi...

Vandaag ook heerlijk weer, nu ook heel helder...

Groetjes van Greetje

els f on May 29, 2012

Wat een mooie opeenstapeling van deze aparte vorm van stenen... heel anders dan onze plompe hunebedden.. hier kun je ook mooi op staan en heb je gelijk een schitterend uitzicht! like

Ghiocela on May 29, 2012

Very good composition with the use of human parts, to understand the landscape size..! Very impressive view!! I like and YS! Have a happy week, Erik! Simona

Erik van den Ham on May 30, 2012

Hallo Chris10, Dina, Greetje en Els het was was bij ons ook lekker weer...... en zelfs terug in NL is het nog mooi. Wel even schrikken hoe snel het is gegaan met de natuur hier. Deze enorme stapels lijken zo in het landschap gelegd maar niets is minder waar. Eeuwen lange erosie heeft er voor gezorgd dat deze formaties zo zijn uitgesleten.

Hello Simona without people in the picture it's hard to imagine the size of the rocks.

Groeten, Best regards, Erik

khoi tranduc on May 30, 2012

Very nice photo! Like!

Martin Bring on June 1, 2012

Great shot of newbie rock climbers.. Big Like

Take Care,

Marty

Erik van den Ham on June 1, 2012

Thanks KhoiTran and Marty they all wen't up here to have their picture taken. Most likely unaware of me taking pictures too!

~rol~ No Views! on June 4, 2012

Bel assemblage de roches.. toute la beauté que la nature à façonnée LIKE

Amitiés, roland

D☼≈≈YmAc on June 6, 2012

Wonderful place! Like

Cheers, Donny

odeveld on June 22, 2012

Doet me denken aan het Peack Districkt!! Leuke opname met prachtige rotsformaties en fraaie kleuren!! MOOI! Met vriendelijke groeten, Odeveld

Erik van den Ham on June 23, 2012

Hello Roland & Sandrine and Donny it's hard to believe the sheer size of the rocks without humans present. Thank you for your visit, kind comment and Likes.

Hallo Odeveld dan te bedenken dat deze prachtige formaties bijna waren opgeblazen om als bouwmateriaal te dienen! Het Peak District ben ik helaas nog nooit echt bezocht en staat zeker nog op het velanglijstje!.

Greetings, Groeten, Erik

Giannino NO VIEWS on November 6, 2012

very interesting rock formations - L I K E - best greetings from Rome - Gianni

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