Boleigh

Fogou - Cornwall

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SW 43724 25192 (GPS 26min)
Visited June 2000

The fogou at Boleigh is less extensive than that at Halliggye, but the sections that remain are in good condition. Beneath an elaborately decorated holly tree there is a large entranceway with a fairly long passage leading straight on from this. The passage is wide, tall enough for most people to walk upright in, and has the usual dry stone wall and lintel construction, with a classic trapezoid cross section. Just inside the entrance there is a low doorway in the left hand passage wall, this leads to a much narrower and lower passage. This second passage turns ninety degrees left after a few metres, and just before the turn there is a large stone partially blocking the passage. After the turn, the passage continues for a metre or two before ending, there is a modern metal support grille set into the roof above this section. 
Although all fogous seem to be damp, Boleigh is in a class of its own, the last two or three metres of the main passage being either a small lake or a mire, depending on the weather.

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