Pipers Standing Stones


A Pair of Standing Stones in Cornwall, outliers of the Merry Maidens Stone Circle. The Pipers are two tall stones lying in a field not far from the stone circle. Local tradition tells that 19 maidens were turned to stone for dancing on a Sunday to the music of two pipers, who were also petrified for their transgression of the Sabbath.

    The first of the two stones is 320m to the north-east of the circle: it is 4.6m high and is the tallest stone in Cornwall. The other Piper is almost 100m up the hill: it is 4.2m high and is not visible from its stone partner. It is worth noting that these standing stones were never visible from the circle even after an inconvenient stone wall was temporarily removed to facilitate an astronomical survey.

Below are a selection of photographs from my visit there.