Saturday, May 31

After a very good breakfast in the hotel dining room, we started the day with two lectures by our group leader, Andrew Thompson, 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.

In Zennor 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 coastline..

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.

 

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