This route, including text and photographs, was originally published by the Penwith Landscape Partnership (PLP) and is subject to the terms and conditions of the PLP shown at https://www.penwithlandscape.com/terms/.
A walk that includes two of Penwith's most popular ancient sites: the Mên-an-Tol, and Lanyon Quoit. Rather than just visiting them in isolation as many do, you can include them both in a circular route that also takes in the Nine Maidens Stone Circle, Ding Dong mine, the Bosiliack Entrance Grave, as well as the lesser known Bosiliack round house settlement. It's a fascinating route to appreciate the many layers of history over the landscape, from the prehistoric right through to 19th century mining activity.
The route is dog friendly, but note that cattle are sometimes grazed over much of this area including the open moorland around Mên-an-Tol; please keep dogs under control if you see cattle. This route includes a short section on public road.
Please read the safety information published by the PLP at https://www.penwithlandscape.com/trails-and-ancient-sites/trails-disclaimer/ and be aware of the particular danger presented by mineshafts in West Cornwall - many of them are not marked on maps, and they may be hidden by vegetation!
A note on place names: You may come across different spellings for some places, which can lead to confusion! Most place names in West Cornwall are derived from Cornish words, although their spellings have changed - and often been anglicised - over the years. The original meanings can give fascinating insights into the history of the area. A useful guide to the derivation of place names is "The Place-Names of the Land's End Peninsula" by Craig Weatherhill (published 2017, Penwith Press).