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Pathways to the Past 2014

This year’s Pathways to the Past weekend at the end of May 2014 (the 8th annual one) was a great success, despite the inclement weather. The weekend kicked off on the Saturday morning with a walk entitled ‘Where the ancestors lived’ with Cheryl Straffon & Lana Jarvis. The walk went to Mulfra Courtyard House settlement, resplendent with bluebells, and then over Mulfra Hill to the Quoit, and back down the other side of the hill to Bodrifty settlement. In the afternoon David Giddings was at “The end of the land” leading a walk to Treryn Dinas cliff castle to look at the earthworks of this dramatic site, and some intrepid souls climbed up to the logan stone as well. In the evening the ever-popular Paul Bonnington gave an illustrated talk on ‘The Neolithic farming revolution’ which was full of ideas and information from various sites of this time in pre-history when people began to settle in the land for the first time.

One of the special features of this weekend is how all the walks and talks seem to bounce ideas off each other, and the theme that kept coming up this year seemed to be about alignments to tors and hills in the landscape, where the giants or spirits were thought to live. The Sunday morning talk by Peter Herring on ‘Fixing a prehistoric gaze on Roughtor’ fitted that bill perfectly. Peter talked about the work of the late Roger Farnworth on Bodmin Moor, who was a great ‘Pathways’ supporter and an original thinker, and accompanied his talk with some beautiful images of sites on the Moor. Finally in the afternoon Adrian Rodda did one of his acclaimed ‘story walks’ on Janey Tregear and the Spriggans, leading a walk to Chapel Euny wells (where he read his poem about Janey and her changeling child), Carn Euny settlement ( where everyone discussed the meaning of the fogou) and Brane hill. Despite the rain, the walk was well supported, as were indeed all the walks and talks, with an average attendance of 40-50 people for each event.

Next year’s dates are as usual the last weekend in May - Saturday May 30th & Sunday May 31sth.  Please note that for 2015 only, this will be later than the Bank Holiday weekend. Details will be posted here later in the year, or visit our Facebook page.





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