Linkinhorne, Cornwall, England

Cheesewring Stones

The Cheesewring

The Cheesewring is a granite tor situated on the eastern flank of Bodmin Moor on Stowes Hill in Linkinhorne. It is a natural geological formation of granite slabs formed by weathering. It gets its name because the piled slabs look like a "cheesewring" - a device that was used to make cheese. A local legend about the Cheesewring is the result of a contest between a giant and a man. Following the introduction of Christianity to Britain, the giants who lived at the top of the mountains were unhappy about it. In their minds, the Saints had invaded their land and were declaring their wells as sacred.


Uther, one of the larger giants, was given the task of ridding their land of the Saints. He confronted the frail St. Tue, who proposed a rock-throwing contest. If Uther won, the Saints would leave Cornwall. If St. Tue won, then the giants would convert to Christianity. Uther took his turn first and easily threw a small rock to the top of nearby Stowe's Hill.


St Tue prayed for assistance, and picking up a huge slab found it was very light. One after the other, they threw their rocks, stacking them up in perfect piles. When the score was twelve stones each, Uther threw a thirteenth stone, but it rolled down the hill. St Tue picked up this fallen stone, and as he lifted it, an angel appeared to carry it to the top of the pile of rocks. Seeing this, Uther conceded defeat and most of the giants decided to follow Christianity.


For further information, please read Haunted Britain by Antony D. Hippisley Coxe.

Daniel Gumb’s Cavern

Just below the Cheesewring lies Daniel Gumb’s Cavern. Gumb was a stonecutter and amateur mathematician, who lived in as a hermit there until his death in 1776. He chiseled diagrams on the slab that formed the roof of his home and carved several gravestones in Linkinhorne churchyard.


For further information, please read Haunted Britain by Antony D. Hippisley Coxe.


Visitor Information

Linkinhorne (in Cornish Lanngynhorn) is a civil parish and village in southeast Cornwall, England.

The village itself is situated approximately four miles northwest of Callington and seven miles south of Launceston.

Pictured left are the Cheesewring Stones in Linkhorne courtesy of Len Williams. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.