Saturday, May 31
After a very good breakfast in the hotel
dining room, we started the day with two lectures by our group leader,
who arrived after completing another Elderhostel the week before.
Andrew is a historian and is superb. His expertise and intelligent
lectures and commentary made the program. This morning's
lectures were: 1) Introduction to the Cornish coast and countryside,
and 2) Prehistoric Cornwall.
With this background we started out to see
a little of Cornwall. We went by bus to the village of Zennor on
the north coast, just west of St. Ives, getting our first experience
of Cornwall's narrow and twisting roads, edged by flower-filled
hedgerows. On the way we stopped at what Cornwall calls a quoit
but Wales a dolmen, a stone age burial chamber. These are actually
fairly common in Cornwall.
we had a delicious ploughman's lunch at the local pub, the Tinner's
Arms. After lunch we visited the the Norman church of St. Senara
where we had a talk by Andrew. Then we walked down to the cliff
overlooking the Mermaid's Cove, our first view of Cornwall's rugged
Finally we spent sometime at the Wayside
Folk Museum which had a very large collection devoted to local
history. After that it was back to Penzance for dinner.