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Ancient Stones of Kernow

St Ives, United Kingdom
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About Ancient Stones of Kernow
Ancient Stones of Kernow bringing Cornwall’s prehistory to life for the 21st century. Discover the prehistoric past of the far west of Cornwall. Visit its mystical stone monuments and journey back six thousand years to encounter the peoples who first settled in this idyllic landscape. This ancient world is brought to life in our book, along with guided tours of the prehistoric landscape.
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ms b wrote a review Sep 2019
Cannon Beach, Oregon55 contributions43 helpful votes
This is NOT just a tour. I always search for "special" types of events when I go on holiday, where I'll get to know the area, meet the locals and this was beyond what I could have hoped for. We were able to do the day drive tour and covered a wide area enjoying the areas as we were driven from site to site. I have a degree in history and my husband is an engineer and Martyn's commentary on the Stones and time span through the Stone, Bronze and other ages sparked different thoughts, different questions from both of us. We spent the entire day together and took away a wealth of information on society, civilization, geology, history and so on. We lucked out having the most beautiful day to hike to be able to view vistas from the most beneficial points. I would advise if you don't have "moderate" abilities to hike, you may wish to seek another event but for others it is a great event for a day out and Martyn does attempt to accommodate those who engage his tours. I'm looking forward reading Martyn's book and learning more and this has inspired me to, when I am exploring other areas, to again, seek out this type of experience. I will have to say Martyn has set a high bar so I'm not sure how others will measure up. I do encourage others who are looking for a unique way to enjoy the beautiful countryside and way to learn more about early England and a bit of other areas as well, this is spot on for both. Will recommend Ancient Stones of Kernow highly to friends and acquaintances alike. Made sure the B&B we stayed had got a brochure for their "suggestions basket" for their visiting guests.His wife's lovely sketches on her card collection made a terrific take away for me. I'm actually going to use some of them to make a collage to hang when I return home to remind me of how special this day was. Thank so much Martyn!
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Debra I wrote a review Jul 2019
Davie, Florida57 contributions24 helpful votes
My sister and I were traveling without a car in Cornwall last month. We very much wanted to see some of the ancient sites in the area but that is difficult to do without driving. Our day long tour with Martin turned out to be an excellent solution. He is very knowledgeable and personable. The tour was arranged more or less chronologically, which helped in understanding the history of the area. In addition it was a great value.
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Date of experience: June 2019
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Response from MartynJ117, Owner at Ancient Stones of Kernow
Responded Jul 17, 2019
Thank you Debby, so pleased you enjoyed your time here.
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Cynthia W wrote a review Aug 2018
Portland, Oregon39 contributions26 helpful votes
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Martyn Jackson literally wrote the book on ancient stone monuments in Cornwall (entitled Ancient Stones of Kernow, with illustrations by his wife, Amanda), and he is willing to share his vast knowledge with tour participants. You can choose from a walking tour or car tour (details on his website). Because the monuments are quite spread out over western Cornwall, it is possible to see more of the iconic ones on the car tour. However, if you’re an avid walker and don’t mind limiting the monuments you view to those within walking distance of St. Ives, the walking tour is less expensive. The fee for the car tour is money well spent, however. Martyn is very sensitive to the needs, interests, and physical abilities of his tour participants, and is willing to adjust the agenda accordingly. He is also a most amiable travelling companion. The monuments that my spouse and I saw with Martyn ranged from Stone Age to Iron Age. We saw Chun Quoit, Chun Castle, Lanyon Quoit, Men-an-Tol, the Pipers, the Merry Maidens, the entrance grave that is near the Merry Maidens, and the Carn Euny village. All that even though Martyn was very patient with my slow walking and climbing! (Only the ascent to Chun Quoit and Chun Castle really requires anything in the way of climbing.) We also had a very good lunch at Lamorna Pottery (not included in the tour fee). It was a very enjoyable day; really the highlight of our week in Cornwall. I highly recommend the Ancient Stones tours to anyone.
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Date of experience: August 2018
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Response from Martyn J, Owner at Ancient Stones of Kernow
Responded Aug 29, 2018
Thank you very much, so pleased you enjoyed the day Cynthia.
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wompbomp wrote a review Jul 2018
Austin, TX447 contributions15 helpful votes
My wife did all the advance homework for our trip and she is the one who selected Martyn Jackson as our guide. She is a thorough lady and Martyn did not disappoint our expectations. On our travels, we are aware that we have only so many days, and so don’t want to waste any of them. Martyn made excellent use of our time and showed himself to be prompt, courteous, considerate, personable, articulate and easy to be with. To the point, he certainly knows his subject matter and was able to give good answers to my many questions as we went along, and also demonstrates the sensitivity to adjust to his clients’ level of knowledge. I’m up in years but reasonably physically fit and noted how Martyn adjusted our pace and activities instinctively. We found him to be a comfortable and companionable guide who has the depth of knowledge to satisfy the keenness of our curiosity about the megaliths left around the landscape by the ancients. In sum, he had the degree of knowledge and the congenial persona to give us a memorable day exploring a fascinating locale.
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Date of experience: June 2018
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DavidSmitham wrote a review Nov 2017
Cardiff, United Kingdom4 contributions2 helpful votes
Our early spring day out around Penwith's ancient stones - guided by Martyn, has to be the highlight on our Cornwall break. Martyn collected us from our hotel - and drove us around six of the major sites for around six hours through fabulous countryside. Most sites were in easy access to the road - but three sites involved brief walks of up to 20 minutes. At all times Martyn was both friendly and knowledgeable. Recommended to everyone interested in ancient British history or Cornwall's spectacular countryside.
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Date of experience: April 2017
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