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Cheesewring, St Cleer

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Must see · Geologic Formation · Nature / Park
The Cheesewring (Cornish: Keuswask) is a granite tor in Cornwall, United Kingdom, situated on the eastern flank of Bodmin Moor on Stowe's Hill in the parish of Linkinhorne approximately one mile northwest of the village of Minions and 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 sixth 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 (which supplied the granite cladding for the structure of Tower Bridge, London) 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.
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  • Visited North Cornwall in October 2020 & just catching up with reviews. The Cheesewring is an amazing granite formation that looks as if if is going to topple over at any moment !!! It's really hard.....  more »
  • Combined this with seeing the Hurlers standing stones-you walk past the stones on the way. Spectacular views from the top so well worth the climb. Would advise wearing walking boots or something...  more »
  • Virsted this lovely billings with a family of that 10. Rude woman behind the bar, eating and And hardly acknowledged us at first. Was asked to take or seats for the meal- and agin rude woman...  more »
  • Been up to The Cheesewring a few times, each time to watch the sunrise. It's incredible atmospheric, the views are amazing and the stones themselves are incredibly grounding. Can't really say what it's like up there during busy times as I've always been up there incredibly early in the morning. The walk to the site is pleasant enough, although a bit of a scramble up the path at the end. Well worth it for the views, though.
  • A brilliant find whilst staying on holiday in Liskeard. A really good menu and amazing food for both adults and kids. A lovely meal topped off with a very good and friendly service.
  • Lovely spot to go for a walk with fantastic 360 degree views. Quite easy to walk there from the car park. About 20 - 30 mins. so accessible for little kids or elderly.
  • Nice walk through the beautiful rolling English landscape. Along the way you will walk past three old stone circles. The piles are made by human hands, but nevertheless worth a visit.
  • What an amazing place. Still can't believe the stacked stones are a natural formation and not a practical joke to confuse tourists 😂 Beautiful views and landscape with a lot of walking. If you need to tire the kids out take them here

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