Getting on/off motorcoach; driving approximately 95 miles, about 3 hours. Walking about 3 miles, periods of standing; varied terrain including paved streets, sandy beach with rocky areas, farm fields.
In the hotel, we will have a breakfast buffet featuring breakfast meats, a variety of eggs, baked beans, hash browns, cereals, yogurt, cheeses, pastries, toast with jams and marmalades, plus coffee, tea, juices, water.
We’ll set off by motorcoach to West Penwith and the Land’s End peninsula, with more visible ancient monuments than the rest of England put together. As we explore this landscape, we will look into the theories revolving around these ancient villages and stone circles. Our field trip begins with a stop at Chysauster village, where the eight stone dwellings are among the finest examples of life in England 2,000 years ago. A prime example of an Iron Age and Romano-British village, it is set on southwest-facing slopes and surrounded by ancient field system, showing their agricultural way of life. It is believed that this settlement was inhabited until the Roman occupation. As we explore, be on the lookout for the “fogou,” the Cornish name for underground cave – the purposes of which is unknown. We’ll then continue by motorcoach to Penn-an-Wlas (Land’s End in Cornish), the westernmost point of the mainland, that has been held in high regard since the ancient Greeks referred to it as the “place of the sun.” We’ll discover more about the rich past of this famous area of Cornwall. The Land’s End headland is home to a Neolithic – or Stone Age – cemetery, Bronze Age burial mounds, and an Iron Age hill fort within 200 yards of our famous Cornish landmark—evidence of 10,000 years of human use and settlement. From the Penwith peninsula, we will travel by motorcoach to Sennen Cove, a small coastal village and harbor.
At a quaint 17th-century fisherman’s inn, we will enjoy a traditional meal of fish and chips.
We will then have some time to explore Sennen Cove on our own. Land’s End is less than a mile away, and the cove is renowned for its stunning cliff top views, attractive beach, and interesting links to the inshore fishing industry. We’ll regroup in the village of Sennen Cove and take the motorcoach to Geevor, where our day of exploration will continue with a field trip on foot to the National Trust’s Levant mine, led by a local expert. The Levant mine is a link to Cornwall’s most famous traditional industry and part of the UNESCO Cornish Mining World Heritage Site. The Newcomen Beam Engine also points to Cornwall’s strong tradition of engineering and ingenuity, particularly in relation to mining and seafaring. At the end of the afternoon, we’ll return to the hotel by motorcoach.
Plated hotel meal.