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  2nd NOVEMBER 2019

NOTICE OF WALK ON THE 12TH NOVEMBER

             COASTAL LANDSCAPE AT BEDRUTHAN



  Bedruthan

Copyright All rights reserved by Lindsay Southgate


WE WILL TRY AGAIN TO DO THIS WALK WHICH HAD TO BE POSTPONED IN SEPTEMBER

 

1) 4.5 MILE SPECTACULAR COASTAL WALK WITH ONLY MINOR GRADIENTS

2) START FROM NATIONAL TRUST CAR PARK AT PARKHEAD-BRING MEMBERSHIP CARD IF YOU HAVE ONE

3) LUNCH AVAILABLE AT EXCELLENT CAFE AT CARNEWAS. PLEASE LET US KNOW IF YOU WISH TO PURCHASE YOUR LUNCH HERE AS WE HAVE TO LET CAFE KNOW NUMBERS. PICNIC CAN BE TAKEN AS AN ALTERNATIVE.

4) WE WILL MEET AT COMMUNITY CENTRE AT 9.45AM FOR A 09.50AM START.

PLEASE LET US KNOW BY FRIDAY 8TH LATEST

-IF YOU WANT TO GO ON THE WALK

-IF YOU CAN OFFER TRANSPORT AND

-IF YOU WANT TO USE THE CAFE FOR LUNCH SEE AT CARNEWAS-TEA-ROOMS.CO.UK

REGARDS,

CHRIS AND JANET

 
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UPDATE  30th OCTOBER 2019


                                     REPORT OF WALK ON THE 29TH OCTOBER  2019
                                         DEER WALL WALK AT LANHYDROCK


On yet another day when the weather forecast was awful 25 walkers, including two new members, decided to brave the elements for the 4.3 mile walk along a well signed route around the National Trust estate. The walk is so called because it passes an historic deer wall used to surround the old estate built to discourage deer from leaving the park.

Starting at the main car park we initially follow the cycle path trail to cross the Respryn Road and head down towards the path which goes to Bodmin Parkway train station in drizzle but on wide firm paths. Joining Station Drive flanked by tall conifers including giant redwoods we walk towards Respryn Bridge and cross the river to now walk along side the river to again cross at the footbridge and to then head up through one of the many red gates and with great views across the valley. A photograph was taken here which does not include the three walkers who had taken the easier/quicker route back to the house.



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There are some 77 red gates across the estate and according to the walks leaflet they cost around £13,000 per year to replace and maintain. Up the path again and past the nursery we head towards the house and then up the main entrance back to the car park with rain falling a bit heavier and in time for a well earned stop and something to eat and drink in the now busy café. 

We are hoping that for our next walk on 12th November the weather will be kind.







UPDATE  21st OCTOBER 2019


 NOTICE OF WALK ON 29TH OCTOBER

DEER WALL WALK AT LANHYDROCK

Image Credit: Lanhydrock House ©️ Lindsay Southgate


1. MANY OF YOU WOULD HAVE DONE PART OF THIS 4.3 MILE CIRCULAR WALK BUT I IMAGINE FEW HAVE DONE IT ALL. EASY PATH WITH ONLY 1 LONGISH HILL-WHICH CAN BE AVOIDED IF NECESSARY.

2.WILL BE WET IN PLACES BUT OTHERWISE GOOD SOLID PATH

3.WE WILL START IN MAIN CAR PARK SO BRING CARDS IF NATIONAL TRUST MEMBERS

WE WILL MEET AT COMMUNITY CENTRE FOR SHORT TRIP TO START OF WALK AT 10.00AM FOR 10.05AM START. WE WILL FINISH WALK AT 1.00 ISH SO BRING PICNIC OR USE CAFE AT LANHYDROCK FOR LUNCH OR DEPART STRAIGHT AWAY. PLEASE INDICATE IF YOU WISH TO GO STRAIGHT BACK BEFORE LUNCH SO I CAN TRY AND PLAN TRANSPORT ACCORDINGLY.

PLEASE LET US KNOW IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO GO ON WALK AND IF YOU CAN OFFER TRANSPORT AND YOUR CHOICE ON WHAT YOU DO AFTER THE WALK BY THE 26TH OCTOBER LATEST.

REGARDS,

CHRIS AND JANET



UPDATE 11TH OCTOBER 2019


REPORT ON WALK OF 8TH OCTOBER 2019
A 5.5 MILES CIRCULAR WALK

FROM TRELISSICK GARDENS TO ROUNDWOOD QUAY


Fifteen members of the group armed with their NT membership cards met up in the Trelissick gardens car park.  Sharp showers had been forecast but this did not deter us from starting the walk full of optimism.  The setting for this walk reflects the themes echoed throughout the Parish of Feock:  the house and the gardens were built largely with the proceeds of mining from its heyday.  The gardens were also a product of the age of discovery when the Cornish plant hunters scoured the world for riches, as did their mining cousins.  All this is set within a maritime backdrop marrying industrial heritage with modern leisure activities. 

We walked across the cattle grid by the information centre and out into the pasture field to follow one of the routes down towards the estuary that we could see in the distance along with Pendennis Castle.    We followed a path above the beach which borders the estuary – a huge amount of seaweed had been blown into the path due to the strong winds and high tides of the previous two weeks.  The path took us to the road that you drive down to take the King Harry Ferry to travel to the Roseland Peninsula.   The King Harry Ferry was originally powered by oars; however, its importance warranted a better system and in 1889 steam was introduced.  It is now a chain ferry and we could clearly hear the clink clonk of the chain as the ferry was crossing the estuary.

We followed the well-maintained woodland track which borders the estuary and at one stage, we could see Roundwood Quay which was our destination for our picnic lunch.  However, our walk leader pointed out that it would be a while before we reached the quay as we had to walk to the end of Lamouth Creek, walk across a footbridge and then walk back towards the estuary.  Once we had crossed the footbridge, the heavens opened but fortunately we were under the cover of the trees and we did not get too wet.  One of our members had bought a new waterproof jacket and was even glad of the showers to put the new garment to the test! As we could see blue sky in the distance, once the worse of the showers had passed, we decided to preserve and continue walking.

By the time we reached Roundwood Quay, the weather had brightened up and we had just enough time to eat our lunch before the next downpour.  The quays at Roundwood were probably built by Thomas Daniell around 1760 and their principal purpose was to service the tin and copper mines of Kea and Gwennap with coal and exported ore.  The quay area was also home to a copper smelting operation for a period in the 1770s.  From Roundwood Quay, you have a good view of Tolverne and Smugglers’ Cottage – it used to be a hostelry but is now a private residence.

For the second half of the walk which took place in lovely sunshine, we walked through the Roundwood Quay National Trust car park, up a lane past cottages and through fields from which we saw in the valley below the hamlets of Coombe and Cowlands with their many fruit orchards.  This is the home of the famous Kea plum.  The area was a hive of activity in the 19th and 20th century when, during harvest time in August and September, it was a magnet for pickers which even came by steamer boat from Truro and other Fal ports to take a share of the bounty.

We then crossed the main Roundwood track and re-joined the Trelissick fields.  We walked though newly planted orchards and gathered around an information board to take a photo in the sunshine but somehow managed to take a photo in Black and White! 

We were back on the woodland footpath and made our way back to the footbridge. We then turned left and climbed up the hill back to Trelissick.   Not far from the main road, there is a strategically placed bench from which you have good views of the Tregothnan Estate and even the corner of Roundwood Quay.  Back in the Trelissick Gardens we made our way to the cafe for some refreshments.



UPDATE 29th SEPTEMBER 2019


  REPORT OF WALK ON THE 10TH SEPTEMBER 2019
THE CORNISH SHORES OF PLYMOUTH SOUND


On a fantastic sunny day with just the hint of a breeze 17 very lucky people set off to walk either the 8 mile route or the 4 mile route around this wonderful area of south east Cornwall for our first walk of this new academic session and repeat what 11 walkers did in 2014.




Setting off on the southerly route through Mount Edgcumbe Country Park and around Picklecombe Point with a few climbs to negotiate in the woodland terrain but with glorious clear views across the breakwater and Plymouth sound we headed towards Kingsand and Cawsand. At an appropriate spot we stopped to celebrate Annie’s birthday with some lovely apple cake which she had baked at 6.00am that morning-that’s dedication for you! and news of the birthday soon spread to other walking groups. 

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Lunch time soon came and a relax by the waters at Kingsand and then passing the old county boundary sign we travelled to Cawsand to find a café.



Saying goodbye to those who wanted to catch the bus back to Cremyll we continued across the peninsular to the north side and views of Torpoint and the ferry and stopping off at Maker Church on the way to find the enchanting little harbour at Empacombe before travelling alongside maize fields and back to the car park.

But for some our walk did not stop there as we made time to pop back to the Orangery at Mount Edgcumbe Park for that last drink or piece of cake before making our way home. It was confirmed that we had completed nearly 8 miles, had crossed about 6/7 stiles and had to negotiate a few climbs.


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UPDATE 25th SEPTEMBER 2019

Message from Chris,

Walk planned for 24th September postponed because of bad weather. We will try again in October or November.


UPDATE 23RD SEPTEMBER 2019

DETAILS OF WALK OF TUESDAY 8TH OCTOBER 2019

FROM TRELISSICK GARDENS TO ROUNDWOOD QUAY ALONG THE RIVER FAL

 

DETAILS OF WALK OF TUESDAY 8TH OCTOBER 2019

FROM TRELISSICK GARDENS TO ROUNDWOOD QUAY ALONG THE RIVER FAL

 

THE DETAILS ARE AS FOLLOWS:

  • A 5.5 MILES CIRCULAR (WELL, ALMOST) EASY TO MODERATE WALK ALONG THE RIVER FAL

  • WE WILL WALK MAINLY ON WELL-MAINTAINED PATHS WITH A SHORT SECTION IN FIELDS AND ONE GREEN LANE

  • NO STILES BUT TWO OR THREE SHORT MODERATE UPHILL SECTIONS

  • WE WILL SEE THE HAMLETS OF COOMBE AND COWLANDS, HOME OF THE FAMOUS KEA PLUM AND IN THE DISTANCE THE TREGOTHNAN ESTATE

  • FREE CAR PARKING FOR NT MEMBERS (DON’T FORGET TO BRING YOUR CARDS!)

  • REFRESHMENTS AND TOILETS AT TRELISSICK GARDENS

  • WE WILL HAVE OUR PICNIC HALFWAY THROUGH THE WALK AT ROUNDWOOD QUAY (WEATHER PERMITTING)

  • WE WILL LEAVE THE LCC CAR PARK AT 9.30AM

I WOULD BE GRATEFUL IF YOU COULD LET ME KNOW BY FRIDAY 4TH OCTOBER WHETHER:

  • YOU WILL BE JOINING ME ON THIS WALK

  • YOU ARE ABLE TO DRIVE AND OFFER LIFTS

I LOOK FORWARD TO YOUR COMPANY

ANNIE


UPDATE 17TH SEPTEMBER 2019


NOTICE OF WALK ON 24TH SEPTEMBER

COASTAL LANDSCAPE AT BEDRUTHAN

Bedruthan

Copyright All rights reserved by Lindsay Southgate


1) 4.5 MILE SPECTACULAR COASTAL WALK WITH ONLY MINOR GRADIENTS

2) START FROM NATIONAL TRUST CAR PARK AT PARKHEAD-BRING MEMBERSHIP CARD IF YOU HAVE ONE

3) LUNCH AVAILABLE AT EXCELLENT CAFE AT CARNEWAS. PLEASE LET US KNOW IF YOU WISH TO PURCHASE YOUR LUNCH HERE AS WE HAVE TO LET CAFE KNOW NUMBERS. PICNIC CAN BE TAKEN AS AN ALTERNATIVE.

4) WE WILL MEET AT COMMUNITY CENTRE AT 9.55AM FOR A 10.00AM START.

PLEASE LET US KNOW BY FRIDAY 20TH LATEST

-IF YOU WANT TO GO ON THE WALK

-IF YOU CAN OFFER TRANSPORT AND

-IF YOU WANT TO USE THE CAFE FOR LUNCH SEE AT CARNEWAS-TEA-ROOMS.CO.UK

REGARDS,

CHRIS AND JANET





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UPDATE 27TH AUGUST 2019

NOTICE OF WALK ON THE 10TH SEPTEMBER

       THE CORNISH SHORES OF PLYMOUTH SOUND


Kingsand

Image Credit: Alison Day  Creative Commons (CC BY-ND 2.0)

THIS A REPEAT OF A WALK UNDERTAKEN BY 11 MEMBERS IN OCTOBER 2014 AND WE FEEL IS WORTHY OF ANOTHER GO.

IT IS A 7.5 MILE WALK BUT IS REASONABLY EASY WITH A FEW STILES BUT NO SERIOUS HILLS WALKING IN WOODLAND AND ACROSS FIELDS AND ON COAST PATH.

IT IS POSSIBLE TO DO HALF OF THE WALK AND THEN CATCH THE BUS 70/A/B BACK TO THE START AT CREMYLL BUT UNLESS SUFFICIENT DRIVERS CHOSE THAT OPTION THEN YOU MAY HAVE TO WAIT AT CREMYLL UNTIL YOUR DRIVER COMPLETES THE WALK TO RETURN HOME.

YOU WILL REQUIRE A PICNIC OR THERE ARE SOME EATING PLACES AT KINGSAND/CAWSAND OR YOU CAN HAVE BOTH.

WE WILL MEET AT COMMUNITY CENTRE AT 9.25AM FOR 9.30AM START OF DRIVE TO PAY CAR PARK AT CREMYLL.

COULD YOU LET US KNOW BY FRIDAY 6TH SEPTEMBER:-

  • IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO GO ON THE WALK           
  • IF YOU CAN OFFER TRANSPORT
  • IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO COMPLETE ALL OR PART OF THE WALK


REGARDS,

CHRIS AND JANET


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UPDATE 12TH JULY 2019


REPORT ON WALK OF TUESDAY 9TH JULY 2019


CIRCULAR WALK From ST JUST-IN-ROSELAND TO ST MAWES


Twenty-one members of our walking group made their way to the church car park at St Just in Roseland for this walk which had been rescheduled from last year due to the strong wind and heavy rain.  On Tuesday, the weather was glorious and we had to make sure that we put on plenty of sunscreen, wore our sun hats and carried plenty of water!


The group has done many walks around the Carrick Roads and we had the opportunity to see where we had walked over the last two years:  Mylor Harbour to Flushing, Mylor Bridge to The Pandora Inn,  Feock to Devoran and opposite the Pandora Inn, Falmouth and finally the walk around Anthony’s Head.


This easy to moderate 6.5-mile walk started in the semi-tropical gardens of St Just-in-Roseland church.


We followed the path along the Carrick Roads to St Mawes where we stopped for 45 minutes for lunch. 


The crab sandwiches from the deli had been recommended and we were not disappointed.  Some members could not resist eating an ice-cream.




The walk continues along the Percuil river and up away from the river and you end up on the main road to St Mawes by the ugly water tower.  The final part of the walk takes you across the fields of the NT Tregear Vean Farm where you have once again amazing viewS down to the Carrick Roads and across to the mining area around Wheal Jane and then down to St Just-in-Roseland.


Unusually,  the group was spared the normal cultural input but for those who read this report and have withdrawal symptoms, here are a few nuggets of information:


  • The parish of St Just-in-Roseland was recorded in 1046, just before the Norman invasion, as Ecciae Sci Juste

  • The name for the Roseland Peninsula derives from the Celtic word “ros” which can be used to mean several things including “moor” but the meaning most applicable in this case is “promontory”

  • Falmouth Harbour is one the largest natural harbours in the world and the deepest in Western Europe

  • The name “Carrick Roads” is thought to be a mangling of the Cornish “Karrek Reun” meaning “seal rock”.  It is now known as “Black Rock” and located in the centre of the harbour entrance between Pendennis Point and Carrickpath Point and is marked with a large conical beacon. It is still used at low tide as a haul-out spot by seals.

  • The settlement of St Mawes originally had a Cornish name which was first recorded as “Lavada” in 1284 and last recorded in 1502 as “Lavousa” after which it died out and was replaced by St Mawes.  The Cornish name is thought to have originally started with “Lan” which implies that it was a Dark Ages religious settlement


At the end of the walk, we gathered in the newly built café opposite the church for light refreshments.  Guess who had a cream tea!

This was the last walk until Tuesday 10th September when Annie will bring cake to celebrate her birthday.



UPDATE 28TH JUNE 2019



 

ST JUST IN ROSELAND TO ST MAWES

AND BACK ALONG THE PERCUIL RIVER AND INLAND

TUESDAY 9TH JULY


Rescheduled from 11th June 

 

GINA AND I DID THE RECCE FOR THIS WALK AND WE HOPE THAT YOU WILL ENJOY IT AS MUCH AS WE DID.  HERE ARE THE DETAILS:

 

  • A 6-MILE MODERATE CIRCULAR WALK

  • 1ST LEG:  ST JUST IN ROSELAND CHURCHYARD TO ST MAWES:  A FAIRLY EASY WALK WITH BEAUTIFUL VIEWS OF THE CARRICK ROADS.  MUDDY IN ONE OR TWO PLACES AND ONE OR TWO STILES
  • 45 MNS PICNIC LUNCH BREAK IN ST MAWES (THE DELI SELLS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL CRAB SANDWICHES).  PUBLIC TOILETS (20P)
  • 2ND LEG:  ST MAWES TO ST JUST IN ROSELAND ALONG THE PERCUIL RIVER AND ACROSS FIELDS.  THIS SECOND HALF OF THE WALK INCLUDES SOME MODERATELY STEEP HILLS AND SOME MORE MUD.  THERE ARE 9 STILES ON THIS WALK, MOST ON THIS LEG BUT WE MIGHT BE LUCKY - WHEN I LAST DID THIS WALK WITH ANOTHER GROUP, THE GATES WERE OPEN AND WE DID NOT NEED TO GO OVER THE STILES
  • THERE IS A NEWLY OPENED TEAROOM CLOSE TO THE CHURCH CAR PARK WHICH MIGHT TEMPT SOME OF US ON OUR RETURN!
  • WE WILL MEET IN THE LCC CAR PARK, READY TO LEAVE BY 9.30AM
  • WE WILL MAKE OUR WAY FOR THE CHURCH CAR PARK (POSTCODE: TR2 5JD)
  • THERE ARE FREE TOILETS ON THE RIGHT AS YOU WALK DOWN PAST THE CHURCH
PLEASE LET ME KNOW BY SATURDAY 6TH JULY IF YOU LIKE TO COME ON THE WALK AND CAN OFFER TRANSPORT.
I LOOK FORWARD TO YOUR COMPANY
ANNIE




    UPDATE 26TH JUNE 2019


    REPORT OF WALK ON THE 25TH JUNE 2019

    FROM PENMERE STATION TO FALMOUTH


    This was a repeat of a walk we did in April 2017 when 9 took part. This time with only four of the original 9 another 7 joined us for the train journey and the 4.5 mile walk from Penmere Station around to Pendennis Point and Falmouth Town. The distance was verified by Dave and Roy; the two with those gadgets who try and prove me wrong.

    The first photograph, so that all avid readers can compare this group with the 2017 group, was taken in front of the delightful gardens before we headed off through a small housing development and took a path through woods to the top of Swanpool Nature Reserve and onto the South West Coast Path.


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    The route is exactly the same as in 2017 and we all stopped at the cafe at Gyllyngvase Beach in what was now hot sun with little breeze even next to the sea.

    After a drink and a piece of welcome birthday flapjack from Chris-a tradition that is hopefully taking off -don't be afraid we only want to know if its your birthday never your age!-we take off along the promenade and in front of the hotels and apartments towards Pendennis Point and a view out to St. Mawes -the destination for our next walk in July.

    Around the headland and into town to finish the official walk and make plans for the return journey from Falmouth Town Station. Many went to have fish and chips sat by the harbour and some even went shopping for clothes and ear rings or both!

    Where ever they went we nearly all met up at the station to catch the train to Truro and time for some to relax-yes the deck chairs are big and our walkers are normal size!- and for one to collect their boots which had enjoyed a trip to Penzance instead of going as planned to Falmouth. Back shortly after four after a good day out.




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    UPDATE 14TH  JUNE 2019

    NOTICE OF WALK ON THE 25TH JUNE

    TO FALMOUTH  BY TRAIN AND EXPLORING THE  TOWN



    Image Credit:  Pendennis Castle by Robert Pitman  (CC BY-ND 2.0)

    1) 4.5 MILE MODERATE WALK FROM PENMERE STATION TO PENDENNIS CASTLE AND RETURNING FROM FALMOUTH TOWN.

    2) WE WILL BE TRAVELLING BY TRAIN FROM LOSTWITHIEL TO PENMERE STATION THE TRAIN LEAVING AT 9.00AM VIA TRURO TO PENMERE STATION. REMEMBER THAT THE BARRIER IS OFTEN DOWN EARLY IF YOU ARE TRAVELLING FROM THE OTHER SIDE OF THE TRACKS.


    GROUP TRAVEL (3-9 PEOPLE) AVAILABLE FOR THOSE WITHOUT RAIL CARDS    (THIS GROUP MUST TRAVEL TOGETHER)  TICKETS CAN BE PURCHASED ON THE TRAIN

    3) VARIOUS POSSIBLE RETURN TIMES AVAILABLE AS IT DEPENDS ON WHAT THINGS PEOPLE MIGHT WANT TO DO AFTER THE WALK WHICH IS PLANNED TO TAKE 3-4 HOURS AND THE WEATHER ON THE DAY     

    4) WE WILL BE VISITING SWANPOOL -THE ONLY HOME IN THE UK OF THE TREMBLING SEA MAT, THE BEACHES OF GYLLYNGVASE AND CASTLE AND PENDENNIS POINT.

    5) BRING A PICNIC OR EAT AT THE VARIOUS ESTABLISHMENTS IN FALMOUTH -A VISIT TO THE CAFE ON THE BEACH AT 11.00 MIGHT BE A GOOD START FOR OUR WALK ALONG THE COAST PATH.

    6) AS NO CARS ARE INVOLVED IF YOU COULD LET US KNOW BY MONDAY  24TH SO WE HAVE AN INDICATION OF THE NUMBERS BUT PLEASE REMEMBER THAT WE CAN'T HOLD THE TRAIN UP!

    9 OF US COMPLETED THIS WALK IN APRIL 2017 AND REALLY ENJOYED THE DAY OUT

    ALL DISTANCES HAVE BEEN CHECKED AND VERIFIED!

    REGARDS,

    CHRIS AND JANET





    UPDATE 31ST  MAY 2019


    DETAILS OF WALK OF 11th JUNE 2019

     

    ST JUST IN ROSELAND TO ST MAWES

    AND BACK ALONG THE PERCUIL RIVER AND INLAND.


    Cancelled due to adverse weather forecast for strong wind and heavy rain



     

    GINA AND I DID THE RECCE FOR THIS WALK AND WE HOPE THAT YOU WILL ENJOY IT AS MUCH AS WE DID.  HERE ARE THE DETAILS:

     

    • A 6-MILE MODERATE CIRCULAR WALK

    • 1ST LEG:  ST JUST IN ROSELAND CHURCHYARD TO ST MAWES:  A FAIRLY EASY WALK WITH BEAUTIFUL VIEWS OF THE CARRICK ROADS.  MUDDY IN ONE OR TWO PLACES
    • 45 MNS PICNIC LUNCH BREAK IN ST MAWES (THE DELI SELLS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL CRAB SANDWICHES).  PUBLIC TOILETS (20P)
    • 2ND LEG:  ST MAWES TO ST JUST IN ROSELAND ALONG THE PERCUIL RIVER AND ACROSS FIELDS.  THIS SECOND HALF OF THE WALK INCLUDES SOME MODERATELY STEEP HILLS AND SOME MORE MUD.  THERE ARE 9 STILES ON THIS WALK, MOST ON THIS LEG BUT WE MIGHT BE LUCKY - WHEN I LAST DID THIS WALK WITH ANOTHER GROUP, THE GATES WERE OPEN AND WE DID NOT NEED TO GO OVER THE STILES
    • THERE IS A NEWLY OPENED TEAROOM CLOSE TO THE CHURCH CAR PARK WHICH MIGHT TEMPT SOME OF US ON OUR RETURN!
    • WE WILL MEET IN THE LCC CAR PARK, READY TO LEAVE BY 9.30AM
    • WE WILL MAKE OUR WAY FOR THE CHURCH CAR PARK (POSTCODE: TR2 5JD)
    • THERE ARE FREE TOILETS ON THE RIGHT AS YOU WALK DOWN PAST THE CHURCH
    PLEASE LET ME KNOW BY FRIDAY 7TH IF YOU WANT TO COME ON THE WALK AND CAN OFFER TRANSPORT.
    I LOOK FORWARD TO YOUR COMPANY
    ANNIE



    UPDATE 29TH MAY 2019


    REPORT OF WALK ON THE 28TH MAY 2019

    HELIGAN TO MEVAGISSEY TO PENTEWAN CIRCULAR

     

    This advertised as a 4.5 mile circular moderately difficult walk with hills and steps was enjoyed by 20 people and was a repeat of a similar walk done on April 26th 2016.  Well done to Jenny, Janet and Chris who managed to do both of the walks with the 2016 walk only having 9 participants as many of our regulars were away.


    Despite the light rain when we arrived at Heligan a drink and for some cake(not this time for the leaders) used enough time for the rain to disappear and for us to start our downhill walk past Heligan Mill to Mevagissey and the chance to take our customary photograph in front of the harbour.


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     As it was still early for lunch we had a short 15 minute break to buy some picnic food before setting off along the coast path towards Pentewan. This part of the South West coast path is a bit hilly with a long uphill stepped part but with some great views along to Black Head, Par and Polruan.

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    The sun had now come out and with many walkers on the path we soon approached Pentewan, past a herd of cows who took no interest, and walked through the busy caravan and camping site to the village and the many seats overlooking the old harbour and lunch time. With two cafés we were also able to get drinks and any food we required.
    Uphill again now and following the footpath sign through several large fields of barley blowing in the wind and views on the right of the clay pits near St Austell and on the left out to sea. Through a small wooded area we were soon at Heligan camping site and our cars.

    Several walkers had electronic measurement devises and asserted that the walk had been over 6 miles! On the same walk in 2016 one of our walkers with a similar devise had measured 4.2 miles!. A local guide booked has the distance from Pentewan to Heligan to Mevagissey as 3.5 miles - we of course did the additional coast path to get from Mevagissey to Pentewan. What is the correct distance? Will we ever know?





    UPDATE 18TH MAY 2019


     NOTICE OF WALK ON 28TH MAY

       FROM PENTEWAN TO MEVAGISSEY


    A LOVELY WALK THAT  9 OF US DID IN 2016 WHICH HAS THE OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE 11.00AM BREAK AT HELIGAN AND LUNCH OF YOUR CHOICE IN MEVAGISSEY.

    1) 4.5 MILE CIRCULAR WALK USING FARMLAND, TRACKS AND COASTAL PATH

    2) SOME HILLS AND STEPS ON MODERATE DIFFICULTY WALK 

    3) WE WILL BE PARKING IN FREE CAR PARK IN PENTEWAN

    4) WE PLAN TO BE BACK IN LOSTWITHIEL BY 4.00PM LATEST    

    COULD YOU PLEASE LET US KNOW BY FRIDAY 24TH MAY IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO COME ON WALK AND IF YOU CAN OFFER LIFT.

    WE WILL BE MEETING AT 9.40AM FOR 9.45AM DEPARTURE FROM COMMUNITY CENTRE

    REGARDS,

    CHRIS AND JANET





    UPDATE 15th MAY 2019

    REPORT OF WALK ON THE 14th MAY

    WADEBRIDGE AND THE BANKS OF THE RIVER CAMEL



    Thirteen walkers set off from Wadebridge at the end of Guineaport Road on a bright, sunny and breezy morning. This 6.5 mile circular walk began with a steady uphill walk along a sheltered, tree line path past Treravon Farm. This eventually came to a quiet road with a left hand turn steeply downhill to the pretty hamlet of Burlawn.

    At Hustyn Mill we turned off into Bishop's Wood and followed the winding woodland track which lead to our lunch stop at the picnic tables just before Polbrock Bridge. After a solid 1.5 hours of walking everyone was ready for a lunch break in a sheltered glade with charming views of the River Camel and the Camel Trail beyond.





    After lunch we set off over the bridge and the trek back to Wadebridge along the trail with lovely views of the river all the way, passing yellow irises and reed beds and avoiding several cyclists.


    Once back at the cars 6 of us decided to head into Wadebridge for coffee and tea to round off a lovely day while the rest headed home. A special award must go to Dave B.-the only man on the walk for his long suffering resignation amidst the female banter.

    As I lead this walk without Chris today I'd like to thank everyone for being a very

    easily-led” group.


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    UPDATE 5th MAY 2019

      NOTICE OF WALK ON THE 14TH MAY

      WADEBRIDGE AND THE BANKS OF THE RIVER CAMEL

    The Bridge at Wadebridge

     Credit: Derek Winterurn (CC BY-ND 2.0)


    1) 6.5 MILE CIRCULAR WALK ON CAMEL TRAIL, MINOR ROADS, FIELDS, MUDDY LANES AND WOODLAND TRAILS.

    2) PARKING EITHER IN CAR PARK IN WADEBRIDGE OR AT END OF GUINEAPORT ROAD.

    3) REASONABLY EASY WALKING WITH SOME MINOR UPHILL AND DOWNHILL PARTS

    4) NO FACILITIES ON THE WALK BUT PLENTY IN WADEBRIDGE

    5) PICNIC LUNCH IN THE WOODS

    6) POSSIBLE TO BE BACK IN LOSTWITHIEL  BY 3.15PM

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

    PLEASE LET US KNOW BY FRIDAY 10TH IF YOU WANT TO COME ON THE WALK AND CAN OFFER TRANSPORT.

    REGARDS,

    CHRIS AND JANET




    UPDATE 1ST MAY 2019

    Report on walk of 28th April 2019

    A there and back walk from Pelynt to Polperro


    Eighteen members of the group made their way to a car park in Pelynt for the start of this walk which gave participants the choice between doing a 7 miles walk or walking 3.5 miles down to Polperro and then returning to Pelynt by bus. Eight members opted for the latter option.  After all, the last Tuesday of the month is meant to be for short walks!

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    We started our morning with a visit to the church because of its connection to Bishop Trelawney.  The name Pelynt comes from the Cornish Plunent which means the Parish of St Nunit.  The Plu or Plou suffix is common in towns and villages in Brittany.  The church is surrounded by roads which is where there would have been an enclosure ditch.

    Sir Jonathan Trelawney was born at Trelawne in the parish of Pelynt, Cornwall, the eldest surviving son of Sir Jonathan Trelawny, 2nd Baronet. He was educated at Westminster School and then went to Christ Church, Oxford at the start of the Michaelmas term of 1668 where he distinguished himself as a scholar.

    A staunch royalist, he was ordained in 1673 and became a beneficed clergyman. He was appointed rector of South Hill on 4 October and of St. Ives on 12 December 1677, becoming Bishop of Bristol in 1685. He was one of the Seven Bishops tried for seditious libel under James II. Trelawny and the other bishops petitioned against James II's Declaration of Indulgence in 1687 and 1688, (granting religious tolerance to Catholics) and as a result he was arrested and imprisoned in the Tower of London on charges of seditious libel. The bishops said that whilst they were loyal to King James II, their consciences would not agree to allowing freedom of worship to Catholics even if it were to be within the privacy of their own homes as the Declaration proposed; thus they could not sign. Trelawny was held for three weeks before trial, then tried and acquitted; this led to great celebrations, with bells being rung in his home parish of Pelynt.

    Trelawny was rewarded in 1689 by being appointed Bishop of Exeter (whilst still, until 1694, Archdeacon of Totnes) after the military defeat of James II and the accession of the Protestant William of Orange to the British throne. He was further rewarded by being appointed Bishop of Winchester in 1707, although his promotion was a matter of some controversy, as Queen Anne, who was determined to keep all important Church appointments within her own gift, overruled the advice of her ministers and of Thomas Tenison, the Archbishop of Canterbury in appointing him, thus provoking the so-called Bishoprics Crisis. He died in 1721, in Chelsea, Middlesex; his body was brought back for burial to Pelynt in Cornwall.

    In the church you can see his throne and crook.  On the day of our visit, a workman was busy hanging Bishop Trelawney’s Coffin Plate.  The plate had been stolen 3 years ago and found by a lady called Megan in a charity shop in Norfolk.  The official unveiling of the coffin plate will take place in the church on Saturday 18th May 2019.  In the Trelawney Chapel,  there is also an embroidered piece with the words to the Cornish Anthem which immortalised Bishop Trelawney “The Song of the Western Men”, better known simply as Trelawny.  It was written and composed by Parson Robert Stephen Hawker, vicar of Morwenstow in 1824.

    After the short history lesson, we walked down to Polperro.  Well, this is what had been advertised. In fact, it turned out to be a walk down to Polperro with a few hills thrown in!  We climbed 500 feet and descended 900 feet, we were reliably informed, curtesy of a mobile phone App.  The walk leader promises to provide more accurate descriptions of her walk in the future!  We walked on minor roads, footpaths and also along a green lane parallel to the river which eventually flows through Polperro.  We went through wooded areas covered in bluebells – what a treat for the eyes!

    Once in Polperro, it was time to have our lunch.  Some of us braved the slight breeze and had a picnic lunch by the harbour whilst the sensible ones retreated to hostelries.  Many of us then made our way to the museum café for a hot drink.  Guess who had a cream tea?


    Although it was almost a “there and back walk”, we noticed different things on the way back which kept our interest going.  This was a fairly local walk which nobody had done before and seemed to be enjoyed by all.



    UPDATE 25TH APRIL 2019


    NOTICE OF WALK OF 30th APRIL 2019

    PELYNT TO POLPERRO

    Postponed from 12th March


     

    HERE ARE THE DETAILS:

    • THIS IS A THERE AND BACK WALK (3.5 MILES EACH WAY)

    • THERE WILL BE THE OPTION OF COMING BACK TO PELYNT ON FOOT OR BY BUS, DEPENDING ON FITNESS AND/OR WEATHER)

    • THE WALK WILL START WITH A VISIT TO PELYNT CHURCH, THE SEAT OF THE FAMOUS BISHOP TRELAWNEY

    • WE WILL WALK ON MINOR ROADS, FOOTPATHS AND GREEN LANES WHICH COULD BE MUDDY

    • THE WALK TO POLPERRO IS MAINLY FLAT/DOWNHILL WHEREAS THE RETURN JOURNEY WILL START WITH A STEEP PULL UP FROM POLPERRO FOLLOWED BY A MODERATE BUT SUSTAINED WALK UPHILL

    • THERE ARE NO STILES

    • THERE ARE FREE TOILETS IN PELYNT AND 20P TOILETS IN POLPERRO

    • WE WILL PARK IN THE FREE CAR PARK BEHING THE SOCIAL CLUB (PL13 2LG) – TURN RIGHT JUST BEFORE THE CHURCH AND THE CAR PARK ENTRANCE IS IMMEDIATELY ON YOUR RIGHT.

    • YOU CAN CHOOSE TO HAVE A PICNIC IN POLPERRO OR EAT IN ONE OF THE CAFES/PUBS

    • THERE ARE BUSES TRAVELLING BACK TO PELYNT AT 13.15, 14.15 AND 15.35.  THE JOURNEY BACK LASTS 13MNS.

       

    WE WILL MEET IN THE LOSTWITHIEL COMMUNITY CENTRE CAR PARK READY TO LEAVE AT 10.00 AM

    I WOULD BE GRATEFUL IF YOU COULD LET ME KNOW BY FRIDAY 26TH APRIL WHETHER:

    1. YOU WILL BE JOINING ME ON THIS WALK
    2. YOU HOPE TO WALK BACK OR WHETHER YOU WOULD RATHER TRAVEL BACK BY BUS (WE MIGHT ALL TAKE THE BUS BACK IF IT RAINS
    3. YOU WILL BE DRIVING AND ARE ABLE TO OFFER LIFTS

    I LOOK FORWARD TO YOUR COMPANY

    ANNIE




    UPDATE 6th APRIL 2019

    REPORT OF WALK ON THE 9TH APRIL


    DEADMAN'S COVE TO HELLS MOUTH TO TEHIDY WOODS AND BACK


    What a great day for a walk after a cloudy start but by the time we had driven to the National Trust Car Park on the North Cliffs above Deadman's Cove the sun was shining and fourteen of us were ready to start our 6 mile circular walk. Starting along the coast path we took a detour to have a tea/coffee and some of us something to eat at Hells Mouth café.

    Our formal photo was taken just off the coast path with the sea as the background.

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    Retracing our steps past three other smaller car parks we then returned to the car park to head south through fields to arrive in Coombe on the western side of Tehidy Country Park. The manor of Tehidy was owned by the Basset family until 1916 and shortly after the manor was sold it was converted to a hospital which was devastated by fire just two weeks after opening. The grounds were subsequently developed by Cornwall County Council and it now is the largest area of woodland in West Cornwall-so we were told by Sue!. In the centre there is now a private development of residential houses which we were to go past on our route finally to the North entrance.

    Time for lunch on the walk through the woodlands with a stream running alongside the path.




    Our leaders also took the time to contemplate-probably which walk to do next or which café can we stop at!!!




    In fact we did come across another café at the South entrance but rushed quickly by to head along a permissive path through the woodland and past an impressive beech tree with twisted roots to the North car park and access to the coast path again.



    We all watched as a helicopter was, we assumed training, hovering low over the sea and then moving on before coming back again to redo the manoeuvre. Just another 30 minutes and we were back at the car park and the 50 minutes drive back home -still with good weather although rain did come at about 5.30pm as predicted.



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    UPDATE 6th APRIL 2019

    NOTICE OF WALK ON THE 9TH APRIL   
    TEHIDY WOODS AND NORTH CLIFFS WALK

     

    1) 6 MILE CIRCULAR EASY/MODERATE WALK ON COAST PATH,WOODLAND AND FARMLAND

    2) MOSTLY FLAT WITH A FEW GATES AND ONE MINOR UPHILL. WE WILL BE REPEATING ONE PART OF THE COAST PATH

    3) YOU WILL NEED TO BRING PICNIC LUNCH BUT THERE WILL BE TWO OPPORTUNITIES FOR DRINKS AND TOILETS-ONE AT ABOUT 11.15AM.

    4) WE WILL BE MEETING AT COMMUNITY CENTRE AT 9.25AM FOR 9.30AM DEPARTURE AND ABOUT 1 HOUR DRIVE TO START POINT AND RETURNING AT ABOUT 4.00PM. WE WILL BE STARTING THE WALK AT NATIONAL TRUST CAR PARK ON B3301 SOUTH WEST OF PORTREATH-POST CODE AND REFERENCES CAN BE GIVEN IF REQUIRED.

    COULD YOU PLEASE LET US KNOW BY SATURDAY 6TH APRIL IF YOU WANT TO GO ON THE WALK AND IF YOU CAN OFFER TRANSPORT.

    REGARDS,

    CHRIS AND JANET



    UPDATE 27th MARCH 2019

    REPORT OF WALK OF THE 26TH MARCH 2019

    TO KILMINORTH AND ALONG THE ESTUARY

    This was a 4.5 mile circular walk which was a repeat of a similar walk done in October 2015 when on that occasion 8 walkers completed the walk. On this very sunny and glorious March day 23 walkers gathered at Hannafore to start the walk past the bridge and through the large car park to reach the climb through the woods.

    A photograph was taken at this point whilst we were still in fine fettle.



    After climbing first through the woods,over a stile and through a large agricultural field we reached our summit and another photograph showing the coast line behind us.

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    After a short walk following the footpath signs we reach the cottages rented by Hoseasons and then our downhill bit to sea level and the estuary with the tide fast going out leaving mud flats and wading birds. A levelish walk now along the estuary, a bit slippery in places, and towards West Looe and with the time about 12.45pm we reached our six picnic tables and time for a bite of lunch.



    After a very pleasant break,particularly for those sitting in the sun, we headed towards the large car park and for some time to return to Lostwithiel whilst for others a visit into East Looe to sample some of the goodies before walking back to Hannafore and ,with the sun still shining, to return home.




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    UPDATE 16th MARCH 2019

     NOTICE OF WALK ON THE 26TH MARCH

             TO KILMINORTH AND ALONG THE ESTUARY

     

    Kilminorth Woods
    Image Credit: Flickr - Mark Robinson (CC BY-NC 2.0)


    1) 4.5 MILE CIRCULAR WALK USING WOODLAND WALK, FOOTPATHS AND MINOR ROADS

    2) ONE LONG HILL TO START AND COUPLE OF STILES-MAYBE WET IN PLACES DEPENDING ON TIDES

    3) WE WILL BE HAVING PICNIC ALONG SIDE ESTUARY

    4) ADDITIONAL REFRESHMENTS AND TOILETS AVAILABLE IN LOOE.

    WE WILL BE MEETING AT COMMUNITY CENTRE AT 10.10AM FOR 10.15AM DEPARTURE TO PARK AT HANNAFORE FOR 10.55AM DEPARTURE BY FOOT.

    COULD YOU LET US KNOW BY SATURDAY 23RD MARCH IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO COME AND CAN OFFER TRANSPORT.

    REGARDS,

    CHRIS AND JANET




    UPDATE 2ND MARCH 2019

    NOTICE OF WALK OF 12TH MARCH 2019

    PELYNT TO POLPERRO

    CANCELLED DUE TO BAD WEATHER

     

    HERE ARE THE DETAILS:

    THIS IS A THERE AND BACK WALK (3.5 MILES EACH WAY)

    • THERE WILL BE THE OPTION OF COMING BACK TO PELYNT ON FOOT OR BY BUS, DEPENDING ON FITNESS AND OR WEATHER
    • THE WALK WILL START WITH A VISIT TO PELYNT CHURCH, THE SEAT OF THE FAMOUS BISHOP TRELAWNEY
    • WE WILL WALK ON MINOR ROADS, FOOTPATHS AND GREEN LANES WHICH WILL BE MUDDY
    • THE WALK TO POLPERRO IS MAINLY FLAT/DOWNHILL WHEREAS THE RETURN JOURNEY WILL START WITH A STEEP PULL UP FROM POLPERRO FOLLOWED BY A MODERATE BUT SUSTAINED WALK UPHILL MOST OF THE WAY BACK
    • THERE ARE NO STILES
    • THERE ARE FREE TOILETS IN PELYNT AND 20P TOILETS IN POLPERRO
    • WE WILL PARK IN THE FREE CAR PARK BEHING THE SOCIAL CLUB (PL13 2LG)
    • YOU CAN CHOOSE TO HAVE A PICNIC IN POLPERRO OR EAT IN ONE OF THE CAFES/PUBS

    WE WILL MEET IN THE LOSTWITHIEL COMMUNITY CENTRE CAR PARK READY TO LEAVE AT 10.00 AM

    I WOULD BE GRATEFUL IF YOU COULD LET ME KNOW BY FRIDAY 8TH MARCH WHETHER:

    • YOU WILL BE JOINING ME ON THIS WALK
    • YOU HOPE TO WALK BACK OR WHETHER YOU WOULD RATHER TRAVEL BACK BY BUS (WE MIGHT ALL TAKE THE BUS BACK IF IT RAINS)
    • YOU WILL BE DRIVING AND ARE ABLE TO OFFER LIFTS

    I LOOK FORWARD TO YOUR COMPANY

    ANNIE


    UPDATE 27th FEBRUARY 2019


    REPORT OF THE WALK ON THE 26TH FEBRUARY

    AROUND SIBLYBACK AND A BIT MORE


    On a day when news broke that Siblyback Lake will no longer be the venue for sailing and other water sport events a near record of 24 members set off on a glorious February day with clear blue sky to walk the 4. something mile circular walk. The temperature was near to 16-17 degrees centigrade when we started the climb with one of our group showing off his bare legs and getting that first tan of the year.


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    Using the footpath we headed south east towards Crylla Farm and over many stiles and steps to then head downhill towards our surprise and promised eleven's destination of the village hall at Common Moor. Entering through the main door the group were met with comfortable chairs in a circle with two excellent cakes and home made sausage rolls laid out on a table in the middle and volunteers from the community ready to serve teas and coffees. What a treat which will take some beating.


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    Following the minor road and then a footpath along side a babbling stream we made for the road we drove in on and then to a footpath at South Trekeive where we crossed several fields, with magnificent views of the bright blue lake, to head towards the dam before circumnavigating the water in a clockwise direction to get back to our cars after another new walk in conditions that turned out to be better than the Caribbean.





    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.


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    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