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Chun Quoit, West Cornwall

Updated on November 13, 2011
Chun Quoit, situated high on the moors of West Cornwall beyond Penzance
Chun Quoit, situated high on the moors of West Cornwall beyond Penzance | Source

Chun Quoit is one of the most visually attractive and best-preserved of all the Cornish quoits, a type of megalithic structure consisting of large stones set upright to support a massive horizontal capstone, enclosing a small chamber that was probably used for communal burials. The quoits were usually built in places of spectacular scenery, and Chun Quoit is no exception. The ocean is visible to the north west and the south west, and the view extends to the distinctive Carn Kenidjack, which marks the position of the midwinter sunset.

Another, closer view of Chun Quoit
Another, closer view of Chun Quoit | Source

Chun Quoit, the only quoit in West Penwith whose capstone has not had to be re-settled, has the look of a giant stone mushroom, with the huge capstone measuring in at three meters by three meters and nearly a meter thick. It stands roughly two meters above the ground, supported by four substantial slabs. There is evidence of an entrance passage to the south east, within the area that would once have been covered by a mound of earth. Although the site was examined in the late nineteenth century, there were no major finds, probably due to the nature of the soil. Chun Quoit is believed to date from 2400 BC, two millenia ahead of Chun Castle, an Iron Age hill fort located two hundred meters further up the hill.

Chun Quoit is easily accessed from a public footpath that leads from the main road past Chun Farm, between Penzance and Morvah.

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    • Kaie Arwen profile image

      Kaie Arwen 5 years ago

      This is a place I'd love to see............. maybe someday! Kaie

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      Chris Leather 5 years ago from Cornwall UK

      Hi Imogen, there are a few more here:

      https://hubpages.com/travel/Ancient-Cornwall...

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      Imogen French 5 years ago from Southwest England

      very interesting, and great pictures, too ... that's another one to add to my list for my next visit to cornwall

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      gryphin423 5 years ago from Florida

      Very interesting Judi Bee! I had never heard of them before :-)

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      Chris Leather 5 years ago from Cornwall UK

      Thanks Judi. Chun is a good one, took me a while to find. It's right next to Chun Castle too.

      My favourite one around here is Mulfra Quoit as it has the best views.

      Didn't actually intend to make a hub of this but found I'd accidentally written the same article for something else already.

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      Judith Hancock 5 years ago from UK

      Hi Surfgatinho - ashamed to say I haven't visited this site. Good info and like the photos too. Voted up etc.