The town of St Columb (Major), Cornwall, lies seven miles southwest of Wadebridge and six miles east of Newquay. The town is best known for the medieval game, Hurling the Silver Ball.
This rowdy game is played twice a year, on Shrove Tuesday then on the Saturday 11 days later. It involves 2 teams of several hundred people who try to carry a silver painted ball made of apple wood through goals set 2 miles apart, making the parish the largest pitch for a ball game anywhere in the world! Once a common pastime throughout the county, this ancient game is now only played here and in St. Ives.
St Colomb was once considered as the location for Cornwall's cathedral (now in Truro). The parish church of St. Columb is unusually large, with a four tier tower and a wide through arch; inside there are some fine 16th and 17th Century monumental brasses. 2 miles Southeast of St. Columb Major the land rises to 700ft above sea level on Castle Downs, the site of a massive Iron Age hill fort.