The Cheesewring is actually a distinct/unique set of stones sitting on top of Stowes Hill, near a small village called Minions on the southern end of Bodmin Moor. It has been included in
this guide due to its charm and appeal. The whole area is bounded by various farms and roads and so is a popular ramble for just about anyone, and a slim chance of getting lost, although it has been known.
The good thing about this walk is that you can zigzag around the area simply by what catches your eye, and is well worth several visits. The area is steeped with history and several archaelogical digs have been held in the area, unearthing many artifacts including a famed gold chalice and a hidden stone circles, to mention just two
The walk is particularly suited to the first-time rambler (no map) as the local site is mapped at the Mionions (hurler) car park. Beyond your equipment check, you can soak-up this part of the Moor with only a keen-eye for your reference points and a realism for the potential dangers that the Moors can throw at you. The remainder of your walk will be determined by how long you wish to ponder the history you walk across with every step.
I have provided a circular walk on google maps that takes in a number of the features of Minions moor. You will be able to seethe Cheesewring from just about anywhere you ramble. If you have a map and compass you will be able to pick out some of the lesser obvious features. Bronze age remains such as a Rillaton Barrow, Triple stone circles The Hurlers, a farmstead and a precesion avenue can be found all in this enclosed area. However for a touch of more recent history there is an Iron age fort at the top of Stowes Hill and multiple 19th century mine workings. There is even evidence hidden amongst the base of Stowes hill of a local legend and stonemason ‘Daniel Gumm’ from the 18th century who protected the rights of local workers.
It is best that you amble slowly just off the beaten path and explore your imagination. For these reasons the walk can be enjoyed for as many hours as you care to take. Refreshements at the Minions village are well catered with pubs and cafes and the odd BnB. The walk is perfect for any rambler, young and old.
Incorporating; Minions, Hurlers, Cheesewring (Stowes hill) Walk – Bodmin Moor
A brisk and chilly start to the day, a northerly wind meaning that the wind chill would be especially noticeable. As a group we were 5 adults and 3 smallish people, sharing a day on the moors. We found our pace and enjoyed the Moors. The history of the walk around the The Hurlers/Cheese stretches back to 6000bc. The weather was more temperate at this time with forest and game for early nomadic settlers. Changes in the climate of this region along with more developed farming techniques, settlements and extensive open cast Tin and Copper Mining have left this area riddled with history. To fully enjoy the walk make sure you spend 20 minutes at the Horsemans (Restored 19th Century Engine House) to read up on some quick reference history leasons to the Minions. It’s free too, see picture below for reference.
Other images from Minions Moor