on 1 July 2003
This small booklet is one of a series of guides to ancient sites in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. Collected into separate types of monuments of all prehistoric ages from the Neolithic it covers stone circles, standing stones, holed stones, burial chambers - including cromlechs, entrance graves and barrows - courtyard house settlements, fogous, hillforts, cliff castles, and holy wells. There is an amazingly large variety and quantity of such monuments in this small area of the Land's End Peninsula. There are lots of attractive and well-produced colour photos in this revised edition of 2010(it was first published in 1992 and has been reprinted a number of times)all grid references and descriptions of each site are given. Alignments of sites are covered, reflecting a considered important feature of the landscape, as they involve a considerable number of the sites. The booklet is very useful, as comprehensive as most people would want, and of interest even for those who may not visit this area. But for those who do wish to explore the region - it's easy to visit most of the sites - don't leave home without this A5 format guide.
on 24 August 2016
A very useful little book, and the only one in print that covers West Penwith specifically. Valuable to have around and refer to if you're visiting Penwith and going out in the field to visit the copious number of ancient sites in the area. The author, who has lived in Penwith and been instrumental in coordinating and publishing (in the magazine Meyn Mamvro) local research by archaeologists and geomancers for decades, is one of the very best commentators on ancient sites in West Cornwall.