The Pipers

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This article is about the standing stones on Bodmin Moor. For the standing stones near Boleigh, see The Pipers, St Buryan.
The Pipers
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The Pipers standing stones on Bodmin Moor with a view of Stowe's Hill
Location Bodmin Moor, Cornwall
Coordinates 50°30′56″N 4°27′36″W / 50.5155°N 4.4599°W / 50.5155; -4.4599Coordinates: 50°30′56″N 4°27′36″W / 50.5155°N 4.4599°W / 50.5155; -4.4599
The Pipers is located in Cornwall
The Pipers
Location of The Pipers in Cornwall

The Pipers are a pair of standing stones near The Hurlers stone circles, located on Bodmin Moor near the village of Minions, Cornwall, UK. They share the name with another pair of standing stones near the Merry Maidens to the south of the village of St Buryan, also in Cornwall.[1]


The Pipers are approximately 2 metres high and the width between them is about the same distance. They are situated about 120 metres west-south-west of the central Hurlers circle. According to folklore they represent musicians playing for three circles of dancers who were turned to stone for engaging in festivities on a holy day.

The area around the Pipers is notable in archaeology for the discovery of a bronze dagger and gold beaker along with some beads and flint at Rillaton Barrow in 1818, approximately 550 m north of the Pipers.[2]

Further reading[edit]

  • Burl, Aubrey, The Stone Circles of Britain, Ireland and Brittany (Yale University Press) 2000.


  1. ^ Aubrey Burl (1981). Rites of the gods p.110. Dent. Retrieved 21 March 2011. 
  2. ^ Timothy Darvill; Paul Stamper; Jane Timby (2002). England: an Oxford archaeological guide to sites from earliest times to AD 1600 p. 440. Oxford University Press. pp. 440–. ISBN 978-0-19-284101-8. Retrieved 21 March 2011. 

External links[edit]

Media related to The Pipers (Minions) at Wikimedia Commons