Did you know that West Penwith is home to around 5000 miles of Cornish hedges, many of which have been there for thousands of years? Some of the oldest are thought to be around 4000 years old, making them as old as the pyramids in Egypt!
We learnt this and much more about this fascinating part of Cornwall at our latest Story Cafe, hosted by Laura Ratcliffe-Warren, Ancient Penwith Officer at Penwith Landscape Partnership. Nearly 100 people joined us at Pendeen Parish Hall last week for this insightful talk and it was fantastic to hear how much they enjoyed it!
Laura offered a whistle-stop tour of almost 10,000 years of history in the living historic landscape of West Penwith. The talk saw her explore historic sites ranging from Neolithic quoits to Iron Age settlements and mysterious stone circles to holy wells precariously perched on windswept clifftops. These included a number of sites cared for by Cornwall Heritage Trust including Sancreed Beacon, Carn Euny, Tregiffian Burial Chamber and Caer Bran.
If you couldn’t make it to the talk or would like to watch it again, click here to see the full recording.