Mên-an-Tol is Cornish for "the hole stone" and is thought to date from the late Neolithic or early Bronze Age. The accent on the "e" is for a long drawn-out vowel sound along the lines of "mehn" (do a sheep impression and add an "n").

The overall arrangement with the two standing stones either side of the holed stone has been described as a three-dimensional 101 but this wasn't the case until one of the standing stones was moved in Victorian times to line them up.

Local legend claims that at full moon, if a woman passes through the holed stone seven times backwards, she will soon become pregnant. The hole is not generous in size so the legend may have its roots in the preliminary slimming required to perform the ritual!

On walks

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Download the app and use it to explore the walks and to purchase a guided route.
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The app will direct you to the start of the walk via satnav.
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The app guides you around the walk using GPS, removing any worries about getting lost.
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The walk route is described with detailed, regularly-updated, hand-written directions.
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Each time there is a new direction to follow, the app will beep to remind you, and will warn you if you go off-route.
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A map shows the route, where you are at all times and even which way you are facing.
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Each walk is packed with information about the history and nature along the route, from over a decade of research than spans more than 3,000 topics.
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Once a walk is downloaded, the app doesn't need a phone or wifi signal during the walk.
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The app counts down distance to the next direction and estimates time remaining based on your personal walking speed.
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We keep the directions continually updated for changes to the paths/landmarks - the price for a walk includes ongoing free updates.