Penwith, Cornwall audio tour: The Ancient Stones of Tregeseal: A Walk Through West Cornwall’s Prehistory

The Ancient Stones of Tregeseal: A Walk Through West Cornwall’s Prehistory

Walking Tour

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40 mins
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1.3mi

About the Tour

West Cornwall has a rich and captivating history going back over 4,500 years to the Bronze Age. On this walking tour, you’ll follow in the footsteps of some of its earliest inhabitants. While you journey across the landscape, you’ll hear about what drove them to settle, farm and build here, and what their day-to-day lives would have looked like.

Our tour starts at Portheras, an impressive round barrow where the remains of cremated dead were laid, and ends at the celebrated stone circle, Tregeseal East. Along the way, you’ll pass well-known and lesser-known sites, including the Carn Kenidjack, which dominates the skyline and offers wonderful views of the western coastline. You’ll also visit an unusual inscribed stone which is possibly the burial place of St Just.

Other highlights include:

• Trekking along part of the Tinners Way, where over 20 ancient sites from the Neolithic period to the iron age have been found
• Hearing a legend involving demons and the devil
• Finding out why there are more ancient sites in Bodmin Moor and West Cornwall than in other parts of Cornwall
• Taking in the landscape that was once used for farming

The tour ends in a ceremonial landscape, where we visit more round barrows and a mysterious row of large granite stones, all with holes in them.

Tour Producer

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Carolyn Kennett

Hi, I'm Carolyn and I'm an archaeoastronomer. I have a real passion for researching how our ancestors connected with the sky above them. I run walking tours through Archaeoastronomy Cornwall and love sharing our local history with people. I hope you enjoy my Voicemap tours as much as I did making them.

Major Landmarks

  • Tregeseal Stone Circle

  • Carn Kenidjack

  • Portheras Round Barrow

  • Kenidjack Holes Stones

Directions to Starting Point

The tour begins on a farm track on the B3318. There is plenty of place to park locally in a large layby If you are coming from Penzance you need to follow the A3071 to St Just, after the village Newbridge take the right turn B3318 to Pendeen. The parking spot is on your right about 1.5 miles along this road - it is a large layby directly opposite the left turn to Trewellard.
The start of the tour is about 100 m along the B3318 (this is the turning which is signposted Trewellerd). You will see a farm track leading to the left this is the start point. Google maps has the latitude and longitude as 50.142550, -5.651578.

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Tips

Places to stop along the way

St Just the local town is nearby and has plenty of places to get lunch - and some great pasties.

Best time of day

Anytime in the day. If you want to come for sunset please remember it will take 45 minutes to walk back off the moor in fading light.

Precautions

The farm track and footpaths on the moor are rough and at times can be slippy. please wear appropriate footwear that you don't mind getting wet and muddy. There is little shelter on route so please dress for all Conrsih weathers, sunhat, raincoat, suncream and insect repellent.

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