Journey to the Stones - Ancient Sites and Pagan Mysteries of Celtic
Cornwall Ian McNeil Cooke
Revised edition 1996, Paperback. 232 pages size 244x184mm, 40
photographs in colour and 29 in black and white, plus a wealth of line
illustrations, maps and diagrams.
Highly recommended book, written by a real local expert. One of our top sellers.
Eight comprehensively described walks with detailed maps take you to
over 60 prehistoric and early Christian sites in the Land's End
Peninsula including all the quoits and stone circles, as well as a selection of holy
wells, inscribed stones, standing stones, barrows, hillforts, crosses, fogous and settlements.
The esoteric associations
of certain trees, plants and flowers; mermaids; phallic moonstones; the Celtic
Sun God Bran; midsummer and midwinter sacrifices; pagan festivals and the magic of metals are
all woven into the walks and linked to the ancient stones.
Other sections investigate the symbolisms of sun, moon and certain numbers
- why are there always nine maidens, never eight or ten? And how does the
crescent moon appear to give new life to the dying sun?
Ian writes: The idea of structuring the book around a series of walks stems
from my belief that it is only by experiencing the local landscape on foot that
a deep and intimate acquaintance with this unique peninsula can be attained.
Eight circular walks are described in detail but there is ample scope for the
less energetic to shorten, combine, or otherwise amend routes to suit individual
abilities and desires; wherever practicable I have made use of footpaths rather
than using a possibly shorter route by road in the hope that this will prove to
be both more interesting and at the same time help to keep tracks open for
others to use.
Antiquities of West Cornwall Guide 1 - The Men-an-Tol holed stone
Ian McNeil Cooke
1990, 32 pages plus 8 with full colour photographs.
Sites covered include The Men-an-Tol, Men Scryfa Inscribed Stone, The
Nine Maidens Stone Circle, Bosiliack Barrow, Lanyon Quoit, Chun Quoit,
Chun Castle, Bosullow Iron Age Settlement, Madron Well and Baptistery;
plus notes on Stone Circles and Chambered Barrows.
Illustrated with the author's own artwork, see below.
Antiquities of West Cornwall Guide 2 - The Merry Maidens stone circle Ian McNeil Cooke
1990, 32 pages plus 8 full colour photographs.
Sites covered include St.Buryan Church and
Crosses, Boskenna Cross, Boscawen Ros Menhirs, The Pipers Menhirs,
Boleigh Fogou, Merry Maidens Stone Circle, Nun Careg Cross, Gun Rith
Menhir, Tregiffian Barrow; plus notes on Standing Stones.
Antiquities of West Cornwall Guide 3 - Carn Euny village and fogou Ian McNeil Cooke
1991, 32 pages plus 6 colour photographs.
Sites include Sancreed Church, Crosses and Holy
Well, Boscawen-un Stone Circle, Brane Barrow, Carn Euny Village and Fogou,
Chapel Euny Holy Well, Caer Bran Hillfort, Brane Cross; with detailed
notes on fogous.
Antiquities of West Cornwall Guide 4 - The Tinners Way - St.Just to St.Ives Ian McNeil Cooke
1991, 48 pages plus 8 colour photographs.
Sites include St.Just Church and Crosses,
Kenidjack Cliff Castle, Tregeseal Stone Circle, Holed Stones, Boslow
Inscribed Stone, Boswens Menhir, Chun Quoit, Chun Castle, Bosullow Iron
Age Village, Men-an-Tol, Men Scryfa, The Nine Maidens Stone Circle,
Bodrifty Iron Age Settlement, Mulfra Quoit, Zennor Quoit, Towednack Church
and Crosses, St.Ives Church, Cross and Holy Well.