Helman Tor

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Helman Tor
Torr Helman
Helman Tor.JPG
Highest point
Elevation 209 m (686 ft)
Coordinates 50°25′19″N 4°43′46″W / 50.42194°N 4.72944°W / 50.42194; -4.72944Coordinates: 50°25′19″N 4°43′46″W / 50.42194°N 4.72944°W / 50.42194; -4.72944
OS grid SX 062 615

Helman Tor (Cornish: Torr Helman)[1] is a tor in mid Cornwall, England, UK. It is a nature reserve managed by the Cornwall Wildlife Trust. It is a County Geology Site and a Scheduled Ancient Monument.[2] It lies on the Saints' Way.[3] It is adjacent to Red Moor Site of Special Scientific Interest and Breney Common Special Area of Conservation.

It is the northern end of a granite ridge.[4] There is a logan stone or rocking stone on the site.

There is a prehistoric hill fort and a stone hut circle settlement on the site.[5] There is evidence of walls constructed in Neolithic period, around 6,000 years ago, as well as some level platforms, thought to be house sites, one platform has a network of postholes. There is also remains of a field system. These are similar to those at Carn Brea and limited excavation was carried out by Roger Mercer.[4]

The logan stone


  1. ^ MAGA - Cornish Language Partnership
  2. ^ "Helman Tor Nature Reserve (including Breney Common and Red Moor Memorial Nature Reserve)". Cornwall Wildlife Trust. 2012. Archived from the original on 5 April 2013. Retrieved 20 October 2012. 
  3. ^ Ordnance Survey Landranger 200; Newquay, Bodmin & surrounding area, 1:50 000. 1988
  4. ^ a b "Helman Tor". Historic Environment Service, Cornwall Council. 7 May 2009. Retrieved 20 October 2012. 
  5. ^ Historic England. "Earlier prehistoric hillfort, stone hut circle settlement and field system at Helman Tor (1007306)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 20 October 2012. 

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