Castle Dore

Golant, Cornwall


NGRef: SX103548
OSMap: LR200
Sitetype: IAf

Iron-Age Hillfort

This small circular fort is surrounded by a double bank of earth, turf and stone, fronted by v-shaped ditches and with a wide entrance on the east. Hut circles have been recorded within the interior of the fort. The defences enclose an area of only 1ΒΌ acres (0.5ha), and were thought to have been built originally around 200BC, while additional inturned wooden gateways were installed perhaps around 50BC. Occupation at the site seemingly ended around the end of the second century AD but it was re-used in the fifth, during which time two large, rectangular timber-built hunting lodges were erected on the site. Legend associates the site with King Mark of Cornwall, and the story of Tristan and Isolde was based here.