Key to the symbols and colours used on the Ancient Sites & Alignments maps of West Cornwall.
The alignments maps show ancient site alignments ('leylines'), and not dowsed energy-lines.
It shows all of the known ancient sites in Cornwall west of Truro and Newquay.
Click any site or alignment on the map for an information popup.
Follow the links on the popups for more information about the sites or alignments.
Menhirs (queried or gone)
Hill Camps (hillforts)
Hill Enclosures (sacred)
Cliff Sanctuaries (cliff castles)
Cliff Sanctuaries (possible)
Carns (outcrops & tors)
Wells & Springs
(bronze and iron ages)
Early & Medieval churches
Early & Medieval Crosses
Natural Rocks & Outcrops
Neolithic Long Barrows
Backbone alignments (involving neolithic tors and cliff sanctuaries)
Other long-distance alignments across the region
Main local alignments
Lesser local alignments
Quoit alignments in Penwith &
barrow alignments in the Lizard
Alignments on Scilly and
the Lamorna plateau
Stone circle radials and
near-parallel alignments in Scilly
National and international alignments (eg. Michael and Apollo Lines)
Orientations of double menhirs
All alignments are accurate to within three metres (five metres in a few cases). In most cases they contain four or more points (with a few exceptions), accurately aligned.
All alignments have been triple-checked. If you find errors or have amendments or something to add, get in touch!
When an alignment passes near a significant site but more than five metres from it, the site is noted in parentheses in the alignment notes on the map, but it is not counted as a validating point on the alignment.
Azimuths. In the info popup for each alignment (click on it) and in the alignments list, azimuths are given like this: AZ=84.6°. These show the alignment's orientation, measured in degrees from due north in a clockwise direction. For the opposite azimuth, add 180°. These azimuths apply only to a level horizon.
Useful pages on this site:
The Old Stones of Land's End, John Michell, Garnstone Press, 1974, ISBN 978-0855113704. Out of print.
Belerion, Craig Weatherhill, Alison Hodge, 1981, ISBN 978-0906720011. Out of print.
Ancient Sites in West Penwith, Cheryl Straffon, Meyn Mamvro, ISBN 978-0951885901.
Cornovia - ancient sites of Cornwall and Scilly, Craig Weatherhill, Halsgrove, 2011, ISBN 978-1841147482.
The Romance of the Stones, Robin Payne & Rosemarie Lewsey, Alexander Associates, 1999, ISBN 899526-66-8. Out of print.