Showery Tor

Showery Tor

Showery Tor Cairn and natural outcrop
Location near Camelford, Bodmin Moor, Cornwall
Coordinates 50°36′05″N 4°36′57″W / 50.601389°N 4.615833°W / 50.601389; -4.615833Coordinates: 50°36′05″N 4°36′57″W / 50.601389°N 4.615833°W / 50.601389; -4.615833
Architectural style(s) British pre-Roman Architecture
Showery Tor shown within Cornwall

Showery Tor is a rocky outcrop on a ridge-top approximately 0.6 kilometres (0.37 mi) north of the Rough Tor summit, near Camelford on Bodmin Moor in Cornwall. It is notable for its rock formations and prehistoric monuments.[1][2]

The Tor is a prominent landmark for a wide area. It consists of a natural outcrop enveloped by a giant man-made ring cairn and was thought to have been a religious focal point.[3] Craig Weatherhill in "Cornovia: Ancient Sites of Cornwall & Scilly" calls it "A natural formation of weathered granite, 5 metres (16 ft) high surrounded by a massive ring cairn of piled stone 30 metres (98 ft) in diameter and up to 1.2 metres (3.9 ft) high. The natural formation was evidently intended as a focal point. No excavations have been recorded at this site, so it is not known how many, if any, burials were associated with this presumably Neolithic or Bronze Age site"[4] Christopher Tilley has estimated the height of the cairn on which the outcrop stands to be 3 metres (9.8 ft).[5] The granite outcrop is reminiscent of the Cheesewring and made of individual blocks on underlying outcrops formed by erosion along horizontal fractures in the granitic mass. Aerial photography has revealed more about the layout of the structures on Showery Tor and it stands out as the only natural formation to have been used in this way by the cairn designers.[6]


Showery Tor
Showery Tor Ring Cairn 
Cairn from a distance 
View towards Rough Tor from Showery Tor Cairn 
Another view from Showery Tor 
Granite boulders on Showery Tor 
View towards Showery Tor and Little Rough Tor from Rough Tor 


  1. Somerville, Christopher., The Telegraph, Article, Bodmin Moor, Cornwall: Walk of the month 14th October 2008
  2. Robert Andrews; Matthew Teller (August 2004). The Rough Guide to Britain. Rough Guides. pp. 424–. ISBN 978-1-84353-301-6. Retrieved 30 March 2011.
  3. Rodney Castleden (1992). Neolithic Britain: new stone age sites of England, Scotland, and Wales. Routledge. pp. 47–. ISBN 978-0-415-05845-2. Retrieved 30 March 2011.
  4. Craig Weatherhill (June 1997). Cornovia: ancient sites of Cornwall & Scilly. Cornwall Books. ISBN 978-1-871060-31-7. Retrieved 30 March 2011.
  5. Christopher Tilley (15 July 2010). Interpreting Landscapes: geologies, topographies, identities; explorations in landscape phenomenology; 3. Left Coast Press. pp. 407 ff. ISBN 978-1-59874-374-6. Retrieved 30 March 2011.
  6. Timothy Darvill (1996). Prehistoric Britain from the air: a study of space, time and society. Cambridge University Press. pp. 169–. ISBN 978-0-521-55132-8. Retrieved 30 March 2011.
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