Pathways to the Past had its 7th year of walks and talks amongst the ancient sites of West Penwith on the weekend of May 25th-26th 2013. A weekend of beautiful sunny weather ensured record turnouts to the excellent programme of events. The weekend kicked off on the Saturday morning with Curiouser and Curiouser, where Cheryl Straffon & Lana Jarvis led 50 or so men, women, children and dogs from Gurnards Head to a number of enigmatic sites. They visited Treen entrance graves, a stone facing Carn Gulva that may have been a menhir (or not), Bosporthennis quoit (or entrance grave), and finally Treen Common circle (or enclosure). In the afternoon archaeologist David Giddings went on a Stank around the Gump, visiting Chûn Quoit and Castle, and then down to Bosullow Trehyllis courtyard house settlement, not normally open to the public. In the evening Paul Bonnington gave a much-anticipated illustrated talk on Art of the Ancestors, in which he examined palaelolithic cave art and its multiple meanings and significences, together with some amazing photos.
The weekend continued on the Sunday morning with an illustrated talk by Bart O’Farrell on Lines in the Landscape, in which he talked about dowsing ancient sites and following energy lines across the land. After lunch, CAS editor Adrian Rodda attracted a record 60+ people to his guided walk Sanctuaries: a lan and a circle. Firstly he visited and talked about St.Buryan church, and then led the group along a beautiful pathway across fields, through a bluebell wood and up a green lane adorned with spring flowers to Boscawen-ûn circle. Finally in the evening, Craig Weatherhill came to the North Inn to talk about Place names in West Penwith. It was standing room only for a fascinating conversational session of information and discussion about the meaning and significance of Cornish place names. It rounded off what had been one of the most successful Pathways weekends, a lovely mix of ideas and discoveries in the heart of ancient West Penwith.
Make a note in your diaries now for Pathways to the Past 2014 – May 24th-25th. Free to FOCAS Members. Join here