Maps of Ancient West Cornwall
West Penwith, Scilly, Kerrier and the Lizard
Here are two kinds of maps of each area. One shows ancient sites and the other shows alignments between those sites.
Lower down, other maps highlight specific matters of interest.
Each map can be downloaded as an image or it can be seen on Google Maps.
This is a work in progress, and maps are subject to change and improvement. The most up to date versions are on Google Maps.
Pros and cons of Google Maps and Images:
- Google Maps allow you to zoom in close, accessing information about each ancient site or tracking alignments in detail. But some people find it difficult navigating around these maps. They are always the most up-to-date maps.
- Image maps are easier to navigate around, you can keep them and they give you an overview of an area, but they give less information and detail. They are renewed roughly every two years, so gradually they go out of date.
All maps open in a new window.
Clicking a map picture below will take you to its Google Maps version.
Isles of Scilly
Kerrier and the Lizard
The Lizard peninsula
West Cornwall and Scilly
Specific Matters of Interest
Map Key and Notes
Menhirs (queried or gone)
Hill Camps (hillforts)
Hill Enclosures (ceremonial)
Cliff Sanctuaries (cliff castles)
Cliff Sanctuaries (possible)
Carns (outcrops & tors)
Wells & Springs
(bronze and iron ages)
Early & Medieval Crosses
Natural Rocks & Outcrops
Neolithic Long Barrows
(involving neolithic tors & cliff sanctuaries)
Other long-distance alignments
crossing the region
Main local alignments
Lesser local alignments
Penwith quoit alignments &
Lizard barrow alignments
Alignments on Scilly and
on the Lamorna plateau
Stone circle radials and
near-parallel alignments in Scilly
Regional & international alignments
(eg. Michael & Apollo Lines)
Orientations of double menhirs
Viewing tips for Google Maps:
- to zoom in or out, move your mouse wheel by just 1-2 notches, forward for zooming in, back for zooming out.
- where you place your cursor on the map determines where you zoom in to.
- click, hold and drag the map to move around it.
- click any site or alignment to get further information about it.
- should you need it, click here for a separate map key.
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.
The maps were researched by trawling the Pastscape, Historic England, Heritage Gateway and Cornwall Council online resources, the Megalithic Portal and Modern Antiquarian sites, Meyn Mamvro, CASPN, the Cornish Ancient and Holy Wells map, and personal communications, books and other sources.
All locations are exactly positioned. Sometimes judgement had to be applied to reconcile differences in information given on the resource sites above, and to correct map references and other details.