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 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.


 

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.

 

 

 

 

 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.


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.


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