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  The Giants' Castle. The Logan Rock in the middle
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  • The Giants' Castle. The Logan Rock in the middle - Cornwall
      The Giants' Castle. The Logan Rock in the middle
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  • The Logan Rock on the central pinnacle - Cornwall
      The Logan Rock on the central pinnacle
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The Logan Rock is a massive granite rock weighing about 80 tons. It lies perched on the cliffs at the centre of a crag and Stone Age fort, called the Giants' Castle near to Treen Village which is close to Porthcurno. The rock was balanced on the edge of another rock and could be rocked by a hand pressure. However in 1824 one Lieutenant Goldsmith of the Royal Navy, commanding the cutter HMS Nimble managed to dislodge the stone, with the help of his crew and a number of bars and levers that they had brought with them "in their search for smugglers".

The local outcry was such that the Lieutenant was ordered by the Admiralty to replace the stone, and a public subscription was opened in Cornwall to pay the expense. It is known that the rock was finally replaced at 4.20pm on Tuesday 2nd November 1824. It may have taken a few minutes to dislodge but the whole enterprise of replacing it took at least 60 men almost SEVEN months to do, and they never did manage to replace it as before. The cost was 130GBP a considerable sum at the time.

But now the rock doesn't rock any more....

From Penzance , take the A30 for Land`s End. Roughly 3 miles from Penzance, turn left at Catchall onto the B3283 (St.Buryan). Continue through St.Buryan ; two miles southwest of St.Buryan the road traverses Penberth Valley, at the top of the hill on the far side of the valley turn left to Treen (Logan Rock). Two paths leave Treen towards the cliff ; one (the larger path) works its way past the Camp Site and reaches the cliff above PednVounder beach , whilst the second path takes a more southeasterly route across fields to emerge onto the cliff at the Giants' Castle.

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