Meet at Greenbank Hotel, Falmouth for an introductory evening lecture.
An introduction to the internationally renowned prehistoric landscape of West Penwith with a visit to the now iconic Lanyon Quoit, and a walk through the extraordinary, ancient landscape of Zennor on to Geevor, for an underground tour of the largest preserved tin mine in the UK and a visit to the museum and Levant tin mine, with working steam engine.
Great Flat Lode World Heritage Site mining landscape where there are more preserved engine houses than anywhere else in the County. Nearby is the large Carn Brea Tor Enclosure a Neolithic double enclosure in which hundreds of arrowheads have been found.
A tribal theme today, as we walk over the Iron Age hillfort at Castle an Dinas and (a great coastal walk) to the spectacular Rumps Cliff Castle. In the afternoon we explore the pre-Norman kingdom of Cornwall, the later Earldom and Duchy of Cornwall and the myth of King Arthur at Tintagel Castle.
Today we have a reminder of how well preserved and easily accessible are the ancient and historic relict landscapes for which Cornwall is famous. We are exploring the landscape archaeology of Southeast Bodmin Moor based at Minions village. We have a packed lunch and will visit Trethevy Quoit, The Hurlers Stone Circles, Craddock Moor Bronze Age fields and ritual monuments, Rillaton Barrow and Stowe’s Pound Tor Enclosure, and King Doniert’s Stone. We will also walk through part of the Caradon Mines World Heritage Site mining landscape.
To the Neolithic Tor (hilltop) 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 Britain. After lunch on the island of St Michael’s Mount we will take an extensive tour of this iconic Priory/Castle/Stately Home and its less well known gardens and historic harbour. Depending on tide times we may be walking over or catching a ferry.
Depart hotel after breakfast for return journeys.
- Local Travel - Private a/c coach;
- Guide Lecturer - Nicholas Johnson. Not to be confused with "guest lecturers"! The guide lecturer will be with you from breakfast to supper, and probably even a drink in the bar afterwards. There is the occasional site where they may not be allowed to guide because of local regulations but otherwise the guides are just that. They will have been chosen because of specialist knowledge and their ability to communicate and interest you. After 29 years of making tours worldwide, we are highly appreciative of the attributes of a good guide, and intensely critical of people who do not possess them
- Tour Manager - We never know how best to call the very special people whom we choose to accompany you on your tour. They are usually employed in this capacity only by us, and have been trained to do things in the Andante way - unobtrusive, friendly and quietly efficient
- Meals - All meals included (except 2 dinners); drinks (except water) are not included.
- Entries & tips - Entry to all sites in programme; tips included
- Field Notes
6 nights in a 4* hotel on the estuary in Falmouth.
|Sat 11th - Fri 17th May 2013 with Nicholas Johnson MBE
||Twin/Doubles: Last one
|Sat 10th - Fri 16th May 2014 with Nicholas Johnson MBE