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Men-an-Tol means 'holed stone', not much is known about its origins or purpose. It's thought to be a
Bronze age monument, possibly once the entrance to a burial chamber, or
part of a stone circle. Either side of the holed stone stand two
upright stones and there's a fourth fallen stone at the base of the
The hole in the stone would
have been produced by natural weathering. According to folklore, the
stone was believed to have ritual healing powers. The most popular
story is that children were passed through the stone to cure them of
ricketts. Other powers attributed to the stone include back ache relief
Men-an-Tol is situated on open
moorland in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is accessible to
the public via a footpath from the Morvah to Madron road.
You're sitting on the ground underneath a 13 tonne slab of
stone supported on three sides by smaller stones.