Cornwall Living 2018

A brush with the past

We take a walk around one of Cornwall’s many ancient sites managed by English Heritage to rediscover a lost world on our doorsteps.

When it comes to history, Cornwall really is spoilt for choice. Two giants of the past, Tintagel and Pendennis Castle, are right on our doorstep and both are excellent examples of the fine work the folks over at English Heritage do to reconnect us with the past.

With the shadows of these two stoic examples of our history looming over us, one can be forgiven for being unaware of the numerous other accessible, amazing and ancient English Heritage sites the rest of Cornwall has to offer. With this being said, on a recent Saturday I went for a little exploration to see what else was on offer.

First on my list was Chysauster Ancient Village, tucked away on the Penwith peninsula surrounded by stunning panoramic views. In a snapshot, the site is one of the largest and best preserved of several sites associated with Cornish Iron Age settlements. Arriving at the site after a short but enjoyable walk from the car park, I was not disappointed. Instantly I knew I was in the presence of something ancient, and this only exacerbated my boyish sense of adventure as I explored the village further.

As I wandered around, inspecting the settlement and its equally ancient Fogou, I couldn’t help but think that as fascinating as the site is, what amazed me was how this piece of ancient Britain was right on my doorstep, readily available to admire, yet I knew nothing about it until only recently.

Chysauster Ancient Village is one of a vast array of ancient settlements, tombs, monuments and castles looked after by English Heritage across Cornwall. Next on my list are St Mawes, Restormel and Launceston Castles. So, now the weather is turning for the better and the extra daylight makes the weekends stretch out further, why not find a spot near you on the English Heritage website, put on your walking boots on, grab your torch and go stand where history happened? 

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