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Chynhalls Point
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Hillfort
Cornwall
50° 00' 57.2" N, 5° 05' 31.9" W
SW7857317442
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Chynhalls Point is a Cornish promontory fort, the coastal equivalent to a hillfort, located near Coverack, Cornwall.

The fort is formed by two earthen banks built across the promontory with a ditch between. Chynhalls Point is accessed from the coastal path from Coverack. It is also possible to walk along the coast from Kennack Sands, a route which passes close to Lankidden cliff fort.

These promontory forts were constructed during the Iron Age, remaining in continuous use into the early Roman period. Although the function remains uncertain, they would have offered access to sea-routes. The forts built in particularly remote and inhospitable settings may have had only occasional or seasonal use. These forts were occupied sparsely, if at all.

It is thought that these forts served as prestigious sites for religious ceremonies, trade and administration, and that their defensive capacity may have been a secondary function.