The Manacles

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The Manacles (Carn-du and Moen Voes) looking south west towards Coverack

The Manacles (Cornish: Meyn Eglos, meaning church stones) are a set of treacherous rocks off The Lizard peninsula in Cornwall close to Porthoustock. They are a popular spot for diving due to the shipwrecks around them. Traditionally pronounced mean-a'klz (1808), the name derives from the Cornish meyn eglos (church stones), the top of St Keverne church spire being visible from the area.

The rocks extend about 1 nautical mile east and south east of Manacle Point.[1] They consist of many submerged rocks and several groups of rocks that break the surface, although some only do so at low water. The Middle Manacles in the north consist of Maen Chynoweth or Morah (Cornish: Morhogh, meaning dolphin), Chyronos, Maen Gerrick and the Gwinges, the eastern group has Vase Rock and Pen Vin, the large group in the centre include the Minstrel Rock, Carn-dhu, Maen Voes (the Voices) and the Quants and Maen Land is in the south-west.

Many of the well-known wrecks are in the central group where depths are less than 6 metres for an area of 300 metres by 200 metres. These wrecks include:


  1. ^ Ordnance Survey. One-inch Map of Great Britain; Sheet 190: Truro and Falmouth; revised 1958. N.B. not "Manacles Point"

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Coordinates: 50°02′41″N 5°02′46″W / 50.04462°N 5.04616°W / 50.04462; -5.04616