Thursday, 19 December 2019

Helman Tor Cornwall: Granite and Far Reaching Views

Helman Tor, Cornwall

A while back I published a post The Mysterious Creatures Guarding Helman Tor, Cornwall. Today I have a few more photos of the tor.

Helman Tor Granite Rocks

Following excavations there is evidence that the Tor was occupied in Neolithic Times. 

It is thought that stone huts and a settlement were once on this spot.

Granite at Helman Tor, Cornwall

The Tor may well have been used as a place for ceremonies and trading.

Helman Tor granite rocks and boulders

Though the Tor is  a harsh environment it would have been preferable to - what would have been - the wild landscape below.

Helman Tor granite rocks and boulders

High points have always attracted people because of the feeling of security the views give them. From the Tor on a clear day both of the Cornish coasts can be seen - the Atlantic in the north and the English Channel to the south.

Helman Tor, Cornwall granite

Exmoor ponies can sometimes be seen in the winter months. They are a hardy breed and help to keep the scrub down. I have seen them but for some reason have never snapped a photo of them.

Helman Tor Granite

I like to visit here and, as I have mentioned previously, have rarely seen other visitors. I guess it is off the normal tourist trail - most visitors seem to refer Cornwall's beaches and fishing villages.

Helman Tor, Cornwall

The shapes and formations of the granite rocks are always fascinating.

Granite at Helman Tor, Cornwall

It's not the easiest of places to visit as the roads are very narrow. I always have my fingers crossed that there is no one driving in the opposite direction - it seems to work, touch wood!

Helman Tor, Cornwall

The Tor is now designated as a scheduled ancient monument.

View from top of Helman Tor, Cornwall

See also:
The Mysterious Creatures Guarding Helman Tor, Cornwall

Map of Helman Tor


  1. When we were on holiday in Devon & Cornwall I found the Tors facinating, I took many pictures of them ( on colour slide film). There are many shapes and "faces" if viewed from the right angle. You've found a lot of " faces" in these photo's.

    1. I find the tors on the various south-west moors to be special places. It's good to breathe in the history. All good wishes, David.

  2. This is an area I would really love. I think that the geography and its rugged beauty are wonderful. Of course I always love an outcropping of granite and I suspect I could find many acceptable perches on which to watch the world below!

    Wishing you and yours a wonderful holiday season! I look forward to many more visits to Cornwall in 2020, via the blog. Thanks, Mike!

  3. Perches galore available! There's also a 'logan stone', quite sizeable but, because of how the rock is balanced, it can be moved just with a hand. Quite magical.

    Happy Christmas to you and yours, all best wishes from Cornwall.



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