This magnificent menhir stands on a small earth mound (or cairn) just below the summit of St Breock Downs, and is the heaviest standing stone in all of Cornwall.
translates from Cornish as either;
stone of waiting or stone of meeting.
Although now with a slight lean to the north,
at the beginning of the 20th century Men Gurta
was leaning severely, and eventually fell in 1945.
It was re-erected eleven years later, and at that
time an excavation was carried out which revealed
the menhir to be stood on a circular setting
(3.6 - 4.7m in diameter
) of small quartz stones,
and beneath them two empty shallow hollows.
*Although most commonly known as ‘Men Gurta’,
it is now officially named: ‘St Breock Downs Monolith’
Height: 4.9m (3m above ground
Weight: 16.8tons approx
NEAR BY STONES:
St Breock Downs Menhir
| Pawton Quoit
| Nine Maidens Stone Row