Cornwall - Ancient Kernow

Lanyon Quoit
Lanyon Quoit
Rock relief of Merlin's head below Tintagel Castle
Rock relief of Merlin's head below Tintagel Castle
The staircase at Tintagel Castle
The staircase at Tintagel Castle
Tintagel Castle
Tintagel Castle
Trencrom, near St Ives
Trencrom, near St Ives
Panorama view of Bodmin Moor
Panorama view of Bodmin Moor
Sunset at Alex Tor on Bodmin Moor
Sunset at Alex Tor on Bodmin Moor
St Michael's Mount
St Michael's Mount
St Michael's Mount
St Michael's Mount
Geevor tin mine, one of the largest preserved mine sites in the UK, Cornish Mining World Heritage Site
Geevor tin mine, one of the largest preserved mine sites in the UK, Cornish Mining World Heritage Site
Landscape view of Falmouth in Cornwall
Landscape view of Falmouth in Cornwall
Falmouth beach, Cornwall
Falmouth beach, Cornwall

Not only does Cornwall have spectacular coastal scenery, but it also boasts more nationally protected sites and historic landscapes than anywhere else in England. We explore spectacularly situated coastal hillforts, stone circles, and the early Medieval castle of Tintagel, mythical home of King Arthur. We venture overground and underground, discovering the unique industrial archaeology of tin-mining, which has a history going back to Roman times and beyond. This is a fascinating journey to the very tip of the British Isles, whose unique landscape, history, culture and identity have lasted through the ages.

  • An insider’s guide to this landscape by an expert archaeologist of the area
  • Over 2,000 years of archaeology from Stone Age megaliths and Iron Age hillforts, to the long history of Cornish tin-mining
  • Separate myth from archaeological reality at the dark age fortress and Medieval Castle of Tintagel, supposed seat of King Arthur
  • Enjoy a walk at Bodmin Moor

Themes

  • Prehistory

Practicalities

  • Small Group
  • Just One Hotel

Itinerary 2019

Day 1

We meet at our hotel for an introductory evening lecture.

Hotel: Greenbank Hotel, Falmouth
Meals: Dinner included

Day 2

We begin our day with a journey to the internationally renowned prehistoric landscape of West Penwith, visiting the now iconic megalithic tomb of Lanyon Quoit. We walk through the extraordinary ancient landscape of Zennor and on to Geevor, where we don hard hats for an underground tour of the largest preserved tin mine in the UK and a visit to its museum.

Hotel: Greenbank Hotel, Falmouth
Meals: All Meals included

Day 3

This morning will be spent at the Great Flat Lode World Heritage Site mining landscape where there are more preserved engine houses than anywhere else in the country. We continue to the large Neolithic Tor Enclosure in which hundreds of arrowheads have been found. We end our day of visits at Roundwood Hillfort, the remains of a Late Iron Age or early Romano-British enclosure beside the tidal River Fal.

Hotel: Greenbank Hotel, Falmouth
Meals: All Meals included

Day 4

A tribal theme is noted today, as we walk over the Iron Age hillfort at Castle an Dinas and along the coast to the spectacular Rumps Cliff Castle. In the afternoon we explore the pre-Norman kingdom of Cornwall and the myth of King Arthur at Tintagel Castle.

Hotel: Greenbank Hotel, Falmouth
Meals: All Meals included

Day 5

Today we have a reminder of how well preserved and easily accessible are the ancient and historic landscapes for which Cornwall is famous. We explore the landscape archaeology of south-east Bodmin Moor, based at the village of Minions. In the afternoon, we visit Trethevy Quoit, the Hurlers Stone Circles, Craddock Moor Bronze Age fields and ritual monuments, Rillaton Barrow, Stowe’s Pound Tor Enclosure, and King Doniert’s Stone. We also walk through part of the Caradon Mines World Heritage Site mining landscape.

Hotel: Greenbank Hotel, Falmouth
Meals: All Meals included

Day 6

We drive to the Neolithic Tor Enclosure at Trencrom, then walk around Chysauster Courtyard House Village, one of the best preserved ancient settlements in the country – reputed to have the earliest village street in all of Britain. After lunch on the island of St Michael’s Mount we will take an extensive tour of this iconic priory and stately home, as well as its less well-known gardens and historic harbour. Depending on tide times we may be walking over or catching a ferry.

Hotel: Greenbank Hotel, Falmouth
Meals: All Meals included

Day 7

Free time to explore the charming harbour town of Falmouth awaits before we disperse and depart.

Meals: Breakfast included

What's Included

  1. Expert Guide Lecturer
  2. Tour Manager
  3. Local Travel - Private a/c coach
  4. Meals - Most meals included
  5. Entries & Tips - Entry to all sites in programme; tips included
  6. Field Notes
  7. Hotels

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2019 Tour Details

Sat 14th September - Fri 20th September

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£2,145

without flights

sgl supp: £495

COR19A

Led By: Pete Herring

Guide Lecturer

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