Castle an Dinas, St Columb Major

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Castle an Dinas is an Iron Age hillfort at the summit of Castle Downs near St Columb Major in Cornwall, England, UK and is considered one of the most important hillforts in the southwest of Britain. It dates from around the 3rd to 2nd century BCE and consists of three ditch and rampart concentric rings, 850feet above sea level. During the early 1960s it was excavated by a team led by Dr. Bernard Wailes of the University of Pennsylvania during two seasons of excavation.
Traditionally, Castle an Dinas is the hunting lodge of King Arthur, from which he rode in the Tregoss Moor hunt. A stone near St Columb allegedly bears the four footprints of his horse made whilst hunting.
The earliest written history was written by William of Worcester during his visit to Cornwall in 1478. He noted that legend says that the fort was the place where Gorlois, Duke of Cornwall and husband of King Arthur's mother, died.
In March 1646, during the English Civil War, Sir Ralph Hopton's Royalist troops camped for two nights within the rings of the fort. Here they held a Council of War where it was decided that they would surrender to the Parliamentarians. Only Hopton and Major-General Webb voted against. A few days later Hopton surrendered at Tresillian Bridge near Truro.
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  • It depends how interested you are in history: mainly you'll see a circular rampart of stones and turf. However, if you are interested in the period, or just like wild places, it's an important sit of ...  more »
  • The monument is a good walk from the small car park. The footpath is fairly even and the area is very peaceful. The views are amazing from the top with a 360° vista. There is a plaque that explains wh...  more »
  • What a lovely walk round and reading all about the history.. The views are amazing. Loved it.
  • Parking is very limited sometimes you won't get anywhere to park or you could get blocked in too.
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