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|Visits - August 1995 / June 2000||No magnetic anomalies|
The Pipers are two large stones standing
about 400m northeast of the Merry Maidens stone
circle. Legend has it that they were the pipers that played for the merry
maidens when they were dancing on the Sabbath. The two men shared the girl's
punishment of being turned to stone for their transgressions.
The stones are composed of grey granite and are both very tall, but neither is visible from the stone circle. The northeastern stone at 4.6m high, is the tallest standing stone in Cornwall, its partner is only slightly smaller at 4.2m. The taller stone is inclined at quite an angle, so it may not be holding its height record for much longer!