Walking


Main Walks (Normally 4-6 miles)
1 per month, on the second Tuesday of every month. Meeting point (for car sharing etc) at Lostwithiel Community Centre



Short Walks (Normally 3-4 miles)
1 per month, on the last Tuesday of every month. Meeting point at Lostwithiel Community Centre


For both Long and Short Walks please meet at the Community Centre  from 10.15a.m to leave at 10.30a.m.

Looking forward to seeing you all, plus volunteers as Walk Coordinators and any suggestions/ideas for our programme.

Future walk dates. Please let Chris or Janet ( 01208 871784) know if you would like to organise a walk.






UPDATE 16th FEBRUARY 2019


 NOTICE OF WALK ON 26TH FEBRUARY 

 AROUND SIBLYBACK PLUS A BIT

THE WALK WE SHOULD HAVE DONE IN JANUARY


Siblyback Reservoir, Cornwall
    Attribution:  Christopher Dart   (CC BY 2.0)

1) CIRCULAR 4 MILE WALK MAINLY FLAT AND MUDDY IN PLACES USING FOOTPATHS

WITH A FEW STILES AND ONE/TWO UPHILLS BUT NOT TOO ONEROUS

2) HAVE FOUND SOMEWHERE FOR 11.00AM DRINK AND COMFORT BREAK

3) WE WILL BE PARKING AT PAY CAR PARK AND WALK LIKELY TO TAKE ABOUT 2.5 HOURS

4)SOME MIGHT LIKE TO STOP AT ART SHOP CAFE NEAR CARDINHAM ON WAY BACK

COULD YOU LET US KNOW BY FRIDAY 22ND THREE THINGS:-

A) IF YOU WANT TO COME ON WALK

B) IF YOU CAN OFFER TRANSPORT

C) IF YOU WISH TO STOP AT CAFE ON THE WAY BACK

WE WILL MEET AT COMMUNITY CENTRE AT 10.00AM FOR 10.05AM DEPARTURE.

REGARDS,

CHRIS AND JANET



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UPDATE 15TH FEBRUARY 2019


REPORT ON WALK OF 12TH FEBRUARY 2019

KIT HILL TO KELLY BRAY

 

Seventeen members of the group had signed up for this 5.75 circular walk, courtesy of the invaluable resource: iwalkcornwall.  The weather forecast has been for light cloud and light wind.  However, the closer we got to Kit Hill, the mistier it got, and you could not see any of the landmarks of Kit Hill.  Our first stop on the way was Louis’ Tea Rooms close to Kit Hill where we ordered our lunch booked for 1.30pm – something to look forward to whatever the weather!

Kit Hill Country Park which includes the hill and surrounding area, was donated by the Duke of Cornwall to the Cornish people to mark the birth of Prince William in 1985.  The name “kit” comes from the Old English word for a bird of prey and the Country Park still has a population of buzzards and sparrowheads.  Kit Hill is one of five hills in Cornwall designated as Marilyn Hills (coined to contrast with Munros).  The other four hills, all protruding above the surrounding land by at least 150 metres, are Brown Willy, Watch Croft, Carnmenellis and Hensbarrow Beacon.  Kit Hill only just qualifies as a Marilyn Hill being 171 metres above the surrounding land.   

We first made our way to a chimney which we could see only as we got close to it.  The mining activity on Kit Hill has been mapped and is said to contain over 1000 shafts, pits and trenches in search of mineral ore.  Minerals extracted included tin, copper, lead, silver and tungsten.  South Kit Hill Mine opened in 1856 and closed in 1874 and reached a maximum depth of over 100 meters.  We then made our way to the tower on the summit of Kit Hill, the remains of a chimney stack for the steam engine used by the Kit Hill United mining complex.  It is now festooned with transmitters and all-important lightening conductors, being the highest point for miles.  There are some useful plaques all round the base of the tower explaining what you can see in all four points of the compass.  Due to the mist, we had to use our imagination!

On the way down to the quarry, we walked past a rock channel crossed at intervals by granite slabs.  This was a flue which carried arsenic vapour. 

As we approached the quarry, the mist started to lift and we could see the patchwork of fields down below.  The quarry at Kit hill was for high quality granite.  Large scale quarrying began in the 1880s and the granite was used for sea defences in Plymouth, London and even Singapore.  The stone was shaped and finished in the quarry before being shipped as completed pieces via the railway.

After a 15mns refreshment break by the quarry, we walked down a steep incline and by then the mist had totally lifted.  We could even see the mast on the top of Caradon Hill.  The inclined worked on a balance system where a load of granite from the quarry descended as another load e.g. coal for the steam engine was raised.  The granite was lowered onto sidings which connected to the East Cornwall Mineral Railway.

We then walked on minor roads, bridle paths and footpaths to reach Kelly Bray.  Kelly Bray was first recorded in around 1286 as Kellibregh which is Cornish for “dappled grove” as agriculture was the main industry until the 19th Century.  Not many of our walks take us though industrial estates but this one did!

Leaving the industrial estate behind, we walked back up to Kit Hill through fields where sheep were grazing, and we had excellent views not only of the landmarks on Kit Hill but also as far as Plymouth sound.

Everybody enjoyed the walk (I think) and their lunch (I know).  We saw some interesting fauna during our walk:  frog spawn by the quarry, alpacas, llamas and even guinea pigs roaming in a large outdoor enclosure in the Tea Rooms car park.

 


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UPDATE 1ST FEBRUARY 2019

 

NOTICE OF WALK OF TUESDAY 12TH FEBRUARY 2019

KIT HILL TO KELLY BRAY AND BACK

  • A 5.5 MODERATE CIRCULAR WALK IN THE KIT HILL COUNTRY PARK
  • WE WILL WALK ON A MIX OF FOOTPATHS, MINOR ROADS, URBAN PAVEMENTS, INDUSTRIAL ESTATE (WHAT A TREAT!) AND VERY MUDDY FIELDS
  • ONE VERY STEEP WALK DOWN FROM KIT HILL – COULD BE SLIPPERY SO STICKS ARE ADVISABLE.  SEVERAL MODERATELY STEEP INCLINES ON THE WAY BACK BUT NO STILES
  • NO PUBLIC TOILETS
  • WE WILL HAVE A REFRESHMENT BREAK IN ONE OF THE KIT HILL CAR PARKS – PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN
  • THERE IS NOWHERE TO HAVE A PICNIC, SO AT THE END OF THE WALK WE WILL BE ABLE TO HAVE HOT OR COLD FOOD AT LOUIS TEA ROOMS (I RATE IT HIGHLY!): HTTPS://WWW.LOUISTEAROOMS.CO.UK/
  • WE WILL MEET IN THE LCC CAR PARK READY TO LEAVE AT 9.00 AM – SORRY ABOUT THE EARLY START BUT WE NEED TO START WALKING BY 10.00AM TO HAVE GET BACK IN TIME FOR LUNCH

I WOULD BE GRATEFUL IF YOU COULD LET ME NOW BY FRIDAY 8TH FEBRUARY WHETHER:

  • YOU WILL JOIN ME ON THIS WALK
  • YOU ARE HAPPY TO DRIVE AND PROVIDE LIFTS (MAY I REMIND EVERYBODY THAT THE CONTRIBUTIONS TO DRIVERS IS NOW £3.00)
  • YOU ARE HAPPY TO STOP AT LOUIS’ TEAROOM ON OUR WAY BACK HOME – I WILL SORT OUT TRANSPORT ARRANGEMENTS ACCORDINGLY AND RESERVE TABLES

 

I LOOK FORWARD TO YOUR COMPANY

 

 ANNIE

 



UPDATE 29th JANUARY 2019


  POSTPONEMENT OF WALK ON 29TH JANAUARY

                AROUND SIBLYBACK AND A BIT


UNFORTUNATELY DUE TO PROSPECT OF HEAVY RAIN THIS WALK WAS POSTPONED.  WE HOPE TO DO THIS SHORT WALK AGAIN ON 26TH FEBRUARY- OUR NEXT SHORT WALK SLOT.

WE WILL SEND OUT NOTICE AS USUAL WITH A REPLY DATE.

OUR NEXT LONG WALK WILL BE ON THE 12TH FEBRUARY AND ANNIE WILL BE SENDING OUT NOTICES FOR THAT ONE IN DUE COURSE.

REGARDS,

CHRIS AND JANET



UPDATE 23RD JANUARY 2019

NOTICE OF WALK ON 29th JANUARY

AROUND SIBLYBACK PLUS A BIT

Siblyback Reservoir, Cornwall
    Attribution:  Christopher Dart   (CC BY 2.0)



   NEWS FLASH
CHANGE OF WALK DETAILS - ISSUED 23RD JANUARY 2019

1) THE EXTRA BIT HAS A FEW STILES AND UP HILL BUT NOT TOO ONEROUS

2) WE WILL NOW MEET AT 10.00AM FOR 10.05AM DEPARTURE

3) HAVE FOUND SOMEWHERE FOR 11.00AM DRINK AND TOILETS BREAK

4) WALK AND STOP LIKELY TO TAKE ABOUT 2 5 HOURS

5) SOME MIGHT LIKE TO GO TO ART SHOP CAFE NEAR CARDINHAM ON WAY BACK

COULD ALL, INCLUDING THOSE WHO HAVE ALREADY BOOKED, LET US KNOW IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO DO THAT OR GO STRAIGHT BACK TO LOSTWITHIEL AND I CAN PLAN TRANSPORT ACCORDINGLY.

REGARDS,

CHRIS AND JANET



PREVIOUS INSTRUCTIONS

1) CIRCULAR 4 MILE WALK MAINLY FLAT AND MUDDY IN PLACES USING FOOTPATHS

2) BRING A DRINK AND SNACK IF DESIRED AS CAFE IS CLOSED

3) WE WILL BE PARKING AT PAY CAR PARK

COULD YOU LET US KNOW BY SATURDAY 26TH IF YOU WANT TO COME AND IF YOU CAN OFFER TRANSPORT.

WE WILL MEET AT COMMUNITY CENTRE AT 10.25AM FOR 10.30PM DEPARTURE.

REGARDS,

CHRIS AND JANET



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UPDATE 10th JANUARY 2019


REPORT OF WALK ON THE 8TH JANUARY 2019

FROM HESSENFORD TO LOOE VIA SEATON


Despite the warning of a difficult walk in places another good turnout of 19 walkers met at Hannafore Point to catch the Plymouth bus to Hessenford Copley Arms to start our walk on fine day with the prospect of some sun. The path boarded along some of its length through to the Seaton Valley Country Park follows the River Seaton for most of its way. The park was formally opened in 1998 and covers over 50 hectares.

At the sea side our expectation was The Pink Van to have an early lunch but to our disappointment it was not there but luckily the Beach Café was open and we all sat under part cover to eat some tasty food.




Before we set off we had a group photo whilst we were all still in good fettle.


Click on image above for larger view


After a good rest we prepared ourselves for the moderate/difficult bit along the coast path to Looe. Going uphill out of Seaton up a stiff incline first on the road and then on the path itself we all pushed on and did very well past the Monkey Sanctuary entrance, the farm shop on the side of the road and towards Bay View Holiday Park and to Millendreath Beach with the hundreds of villas and apartments on the valley sides and a bar and cafe-not open on our visit. We stopped on the benches to partake of some cake to celebrate Janet's birthday-which was in November but that walk had to be cancelled. With the view of Looe Island getting closer we arrived in Looe near the harbour just before 3.00pm and time to return to our cars at Hannafore. However seven of us managed to make room for a cup of tea and three of us a scone or tea cake!



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UPDATE 1st JANUARY 2019


   WALK ON 8TH JANUARY 2019

       FROM HESSENFORD TO LOOE VIA SEATON


1) WE WILL BE CATCHING THE 10.09AM NUMBER 72 BUS FROM HANNAFORE POINT TO HESSENFORD-BRING BUS PASSES IF YOU HAVE ONE.

2)THIS 6 MILE WALK IS CLASSED AS EASY ON THE RIVER VALLEY STRETCH BUT MODERATE/DIFFICULT IN PLACES ON THE COAST PATH WITH SOME HILLS AND GATES BUT NO STILES. STICKS WILL BE USEFUL AS MUDDY IN PLACES.

3) WE ARE PLANNING A STOP AT SEATON FOR EARLY LUNCH/SNACK AT PINK VAN WHERE TOILETS ARE ALSO AVAILABLE-VARIOUS SNACKS/MEALS SOLD TOGETHER WITH HOT DRINKS. YOU CAN OF COURSE BRING PICNIC LUNCH.

4)ON TRIAL RUN WE WERE BACK AT LOOE BY ABOUT 3.00PM.

WE WILL MEET AT COMMUNITY CENTRE AT 9.00AM FOR PROMPT 9.05AM DEPARTURE TO LOOE

IF YOU COULD LET US KNOW BY SATURDAY 5TH IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO COME ON WALK AND IF YOU ARE ABLE TO OFFER A LIFT.

A WALK TO GET RID OF THOSE CHRISTMAS INDULGENCES AND START OUR NEW WALKING YEAR.

BEST WISHES FOR 2019

CHRIS AND JANET



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REPORTS FROM  2018 AVAILABLE HERE