Stowe's Hill

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Stowe's Hill
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Stowe's Hill from the west.
Highest point
Elevation381 m (1,250 ft) [1]
Prominence78 m (256 ft) [1]
Coordinates50°31′34″N 4°27′33″W / 50.5262°N 4.4593°W / 50.5262; -4.4593Coordinates: 50°31′34″N 4°27′33″W / 50.5262°N 4.4593°W / 50.5262; -4.4593
LocationBodmin Moor, England
OS gridSX257724
Topo mapOS Landranger 201, Explorer 109
Mountain typegranite tor

Stowe's Hill is an elongated hill, 381 metres (1,250 ft) high, located on the eastern edge of Bodmin Moor in the county of Cornwall, England.[2]

Stowe's Hill is a prominent granite ridge located about 1500 metres north of Minions,[2] the highest village in Cornwall. It is dominated by Stowe's Pound, a huge tor enclosure comprising two massive stone-walls. The smaller enclosure surrounds the tors at the southern end of the hill; the larger one encircles the rest of the ridge. At the southern end is a large, disused quarry, but the hill is best known as the site of the Cheesewring, the extraordinary granite formation that gave the quarry its name.[3][4]

Inside Stowe's Pound are two Bronze Age cairns, a stone round house and over 100 house platforms. The site is thought to be Neolithic or Bronze Age and connected with other settlements and ritual monuments in the vicinity.[5]


  1. ^ a b P30 Database, Appendix v2.1
  2. ^ a b Ordnance Survey 1:25,000 Explorer map series, No. 109
  3. ^ Stowe's Pound at Accessed on 2 Sep 2013
  4. ^ London, Pete (2013). Ancient Cornwall, "Discover Cornwall" Series, Tor Mark, Redruth. ISBN 978-085025-433-4.
  5. ^ Johnson, Nicholas and Rose, Peter (2003). Cornwall's Archaeological Heritage, Historic Environmental Unit, Cornwall County Council, Twelveheads Press, Truro, pp. 38/39. ISBN 0-906294-52-5