One of the two Pipers, who were
traditionally turned to stone for a transgression against the Sabbath. It is the
tallest stone in Cornwall
The Pipers are two tall stones lying in a field not far from the
Merry Maidens stone circle. Local tradition tells that 19 maidens were turned to
stone for dancing on a Sunday to the music of two pipers, who were also petrified for their
transgression of the Sabbath.
The first of the two stones is 320m to the north-east of the circle: it is 4.6m
(15ft) high and is the tallest stone in Cornwall. The other Piper is almost 100m (328ft) up the hill: it is 4.2m
(13ft 7in) high and is not visible from its stone partner. It is
worth noting that these standing stones were never visible from the circle even after an inconvenient
stone wall was temporarily removed to facilitate an astronomical survey. In contrast, the Goon Rith
standing stone, 2.7m high, is plainly visible to the west of the Merry Maidens circle.