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.


REPORTS FROM THE FIRST HALF OF 2017 AVAILABLE HERE


REPORTS FROM THE SECOND HALF OF 2017 AVAILABLE HERE



UPDATE 18TH APRIL 2018

 NOTICE OF WALK ON THE 24TH APRIL

FROM LOSTWITHIEL TO MILLTOWN

1)  JANET AND I AND ANNIE ARE UNAVAILABLE TO LEAD A WALK SO DAVE AND CHRIS

HAVE VERY KINDLY AGREED TO STEP IN AND LEAD THIS SHORT 3.5 MILE WALK

2) AS USUAL WITH THE CURRENT WEATHER THERE IS SOME MUD AND A LONGISH HILL

TO START THE WALK ON MINOR ROADS AND FOOTPATHS INCLUDING THE SAINTS WAY.

3) COULD YOU MEET AT LOSTWITHIEL COMMUNITY CENTRE AT 10.25 FOR A 10.30 START

IF YOU COULD LET ME KNOW BY MONDAY 23RD IF YOU WISH TO GO ON THE WALK AND I WILL THEN PASS THE INFORMATION TO DAVE SO THAT HE KNOWS WHO TO EXPECT AND TRIES AND MAKE SURE EVERYONE ARRIVES BACK.

HOPE TO SEE YOU ALL FOR OUR NEXT WALK ON 8TH MAY 

REGARDS,

CHRIS AND JANET




UPDATE 12TH APRIL 2018

Report on the walk of 10th April 2018

A 7 miles circular walk from Feock to Devoran

Thirteen walkers put their trust in the weather forecast which has promised that the weather would brighten up as the day went on.  Well, this was a fairly accurate forecast although the “mizzle” made an appearance when we had our lunch break on the grassy quay in Devoran.

We had hoped to start our walk from Feock Church car park at about 11.00am.  It was important to have access to facilities at the start of our walk.  A phone call to the church warden led to a phone call to the lady in charge of the community centre bookings (as it so happens, she is a member of the Carrick U3A and their walking group!).  We were kindly invited to use the centre facilities and join the Tuesday coffee morning.  When we arrived, we noted that they had set up extra tables and chairs and even warmed up a few cups so we simply could not refuse!  We set off at 11.15am.

The walk is very accurately described in iwalkcornwall and navigates you to a crisscross of footpaths.  It takes you first from Feock to Devoran through Penpoll and then high above the estuary through fields from which you have stunning views of the Carrick Roads as far as St Anthony’s Head.

The second half of the walk takes you from Devoran back to Feock along the road which hugs the estuary, through Chycoose, Point and Penpoll from where you then make your way to Harcourt.  In Harcourt, you have great views of the other side of the estuary including of the Pandorra Inn. Some of the group decided to walk back to Feock whilst others did a one mile extension (there and back) to Restronguet Point.  You have great views of the estuary back to Point, the Pandorra Inn and Restronguet Passage.  It was interesting to look across at the footpath we had used during our November walk from Mylor Bridge to the Pandora Inn.

So what do we know about Feock and Devoran?

  • The earliest known record of Feock is in a 12th Century document where the settlement is referred to as Fioc.  It is also recorded in 1264 as Ecclesia Sancte Foece”.  The name is taken from a celtic saint to which the parish is dedicated, but little is known about, although it is generally assumed to be female.

  • The settlement at Devoran dates back to mediaeval times and the first record of it is form 1278 when it was spelled Deffrion.  However, until the end of the 18th century, Devoran consisted of a few farms and tin streaming works,  Stemming from its location on the confluence of two rivers, the name is thought to be based on the Cornish for water - dowr

Heritage plaques in Devoran and Penpoll give you an insight into the area’s industrial past. 

  • During the 19th century Devoran was engineered as an industrial settlement based around a port at the terminus of a new railway.  A town was planned and built which included the church built in 1855.  A major part of the trade was the export of mineral from the Redruth and Camborne area and the import of coal and timber for use in the mines.

  • The Redruth and Chasewater Railway ran to Devoran and Point Quay. And this is why that road is called The Old Tram Road.

  • Until the port of Devoran was built, Point Quay was the main docking point and the site of a Customs House and a smelting works.

  • There was a tidal mill in Penpoll

Well we might not remember any of the above but we will definitely remember the stunning views, the mud we had to wade through and the fact that the residents of Devoran care so much for their letterbox that they have knitted a blanket cover to protect it from the elements!




UPDATE 1 April 2018

NOTICE OF WALK OF 10TH APRIL 2018

A 6 MILE MODERATE CIRCULAR WALK FROM FEOCK TO DEVORAN


HERE ARE THE DETAILS:

  • OUR STARTING POINT WILL BE FEOCK CHURCH
  • STUNNING VIEWS OF THE CARRICK ROADS THROUGHOUT
  • THE FIRST LOOP OF OUR WALK WILL TAKE US FROM FEOCK CHURCH TO DEVORAN VIA PENPOLL USING MINOR ROADS AND FOOTPATHS, SOME MUDDY. THERE WILL BE 12 STILES!
  • WE WILL HAVE OUR PICNIC LUNCH IN DEVORAN. REFRESHMENTS AND TOILETS AVAILABLE IN THE LOCAL PUB ” THE OLD QUAY INN”
  • THE SECOND LOOP OF THE WALK BACK TO FEOCK VIA POINT, PENPOLL AND HARCOURT IS LESS STRENEOUS WITH NO STILES AND WE WILL WALK ON MINOR ROADS ALONG THE ESTUARY
  • OPTIONAL EXTENSION TOWARDS THE END OF THE WALK FROM HARCOURT TO RESTRONGUET POINT FROM WHICH YOU STAND OPPOSITE THE PANDORA INN (1 MILE THERE AND BACK)

WE WILL LEAVE THE LOSTWITHIEL COMMUNITY CENTRE CAR PARK AT 9.45AM IN ORDER TO START THE WALK BY 11.00AM

I WOULD BE GRATEFUL IF YOU COULD LET ME KNOW BY SATURDAY 7TH APRIL WHETHER:

  • YOU WOULD LIKE TO DO THIS WALK
  • YOU ARE HAPPY TO DRIVE AND PROVIDE A LIFT
Annie


UPDATE 28 MARCH 2018

REPORT OF WALK ON THE 27TH MARCH

TO HELLAND AND BACK”

This is a walk and title taken from a little book called “The Best of Bodmin Moor” Volume 2 one of the many walks we take from excellent published literature.

On a reasonable day with a bit of drizzle forecast but not enough to put this hardy bunch off the walk, particularly with the promise of a pub lunch after the walk. A great turnout of 20 walkers set off from the Camel Trail car park at Hellandbridge to walk the 4 mile circular route. Passing the old Wesley Methodist Church we headed up the slight hill towards Helland and its parish church of St Helena with Janet,at the front and Carol at the back, proudly wearing our Lostwithiel U3A reflective jackets.

In front of the church we find a war memorial and our walkers were asked to find a name of historical significance on the granite stone. Sue won picking out the name Bligh, of the same family that brought us Captain Bligh of Bounty fame, although it was thought he was born in the nearby St Tudy parish.

Most of  us visited the church with its chequerboard slate floor at the entrance and also were told of the historical significant and its part in the Prayer Book Rebellion of 1549. With some good views of Brown Willy and Roughtor we now headed eastward to Lower Kernick and continuing on the road in view of the muddy fields to a crossroads with a choice of route. As the author says we can either have no sense of adventure and continue on the road north or maybe battle through undergrowth and brambles but finding a lovely ancient lane. Some might have regretted it but we all chose the latter and had to battle over or under some fallen trees and also a stream flowing down the lane to get to the bottom of what looked like an old drovers lane.

To make it even more exciting we were also joined by a young heifer who was being rounded up by three farmers after going missing for 3 weeks. An action photo was obviously called for to mark the occasion.



Making it to the road and downhill to Shell Wood and the Camel Trail with a more normal formal photograph to capture all the participants.


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This takes us back the 1.5 miles to Hellandbridge and a short car journey back to the Borough Arms for our pub lunch.



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UPDATE 21 MARCH 2018

      NOTICE OF WALK ON THE 27TH MARCH

TO HELLAND AND BACK


1) 4 MILE RELATIVELY EASY CIRCULAR WALK USING CAMEL TRAIL, FIELDS AND  MINOR  ROADS WITH A FEW STILES

2)  NO SERVICES/FACILITIES ON ROUTE

3) PLEASE BRING DRINK IF YOU WANT AS WE WILL PASS A PICNIC SPOT ON ROUTE

WE WILL MEET AT COMMUNITY CENTRE AT 10.05AM FOR 10.10AM DEPARTURE HEADING FOR CAR PARK AT HELLANBRIDGE. PLEASE LET US KNOW BY SATURDAY 24TH IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO COME AND IF YOU CAN OFFER TRANSPORT.

PS  WE WILL BE STOPPING FOR LUNCH AT BOROUGH ARMS-PLEASE LET US KNOW IF YOU WOULD ALSO LIKE TO STOP SO I CAN TRY AND ARRANGE LIFTS TO SUIT

REGARDS,

CHRIS AND JANET


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UPDATE 14 MARCH 2018


REPORT OF WALK ON THE 13TH MARCH

FROM ROCK TO POLZEATH AND BACK


You would not believe as I sit typing this report with the rain lashing down and the wind blowing that 16 walkers set off yesterday in brilliant sunshine with hardly a

breath of wind to walk along the coast from Rock to Polzeath and to return inland.

After parking at the Council car park we headed along the coast with the tide almost fully out through the sand dunes following the waymarks to reach Daymer Bay with only one slight mistake. The views across the Camel estuary were magnificent with the ferry doing great business travelling over to Padstow on the opposite shore.

Continuing along the path we have great views of Stepper Point, affectionately know as “The Pepper Pot” the 40ft high stone tower daymark built in 1830 and which we all saw at close quarters on our recent walk around the point.

We were soon in Polzeath which comes from the Cornish words for “dry” and “pool/harbour” and time for picnic and drinks at the café on the beach and our regular photograph.


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Now fed and watered we turn inland past a site with mobile homes and onto the golf course at Roserrow and following the white markers and avoiding any golf balls as we cross the fairways to make our way across a stream and the start of the “muddy and wet” part promised in the notification of the walk with electric fences guarding the fields-but no sign of cattle in the wet conditions. Crossing a minor road we head across a ploughed field, with the tower of St Enodoc church as the guide, to reach the entrance and past the grave of St John Betjeman. The church dates from the 12th century and is said to lie on the site of a cave where St Enodoc lived as a hermit.

With such views of the church and the coast another photograph was taken.


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Our route now took us through another golf club that of St Enodoc Golf Club which was initially build in 1889 and improved in 1907 to the basis of what the course is today. Following the white marker stones and again avoiding any golf balls we make our way around the course and onto the path in the sand dunes, above the one we had used on the outward leg, and back to the car park with the sun still shining.



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UPDATE 5 MARCH 2018

  NOTICE OF WALK ON 13TH MARCH

              FROM ROCK TO POLZEATH AND BACK

1) 5.8 MILE CIRCULAR, RELATIVELY EASY,WALK STARTING AT PAY CAR PARK IN ROCK

2) FACILITIES IN ROCK AND POLZEATH

3) SANDY COAST PATH ON OUTWARD JOURNEY BUT MUDDY AND WET ON THE WAY BACK

4) PACKED LUNCH CAN BE TAKEN OR PURCHASED ON ROUTE

PLEASE LET US KNOW BY SATURDAY 10TH IF YOU CAN COME AND IF YOU CAN OFFER LIFT

WE WILL BE MEETING AT COMMUNITY CENTRE AT 10.00AM FOR 10.05AM START

REGARDS,

CHRIS AND JANET



UPDATE 27 FEBRUARY 2018

REPORT ON THE CIRCULAR WALK OF 27TH FEBRUARY 2018

St Veep Church to Cliff via St Cadix and Haye Farm and back through Manely and Pennant

Eighteen walkers dressed in many warm layers braved the “Beast from the East” to do this very local short circular walk, a walk which we did in glorious sunshine and sheltered from the wind most of the way. 

We started at St Veep Church and made our way across the field opposite the church where the Maiden Bells of St Veep were cast in the 18th century.  They are called maiden or virgin bells because they did not need any tuning whatsoever, a rare thing.   The mud had dried up nicely and we were able to make our way down two more fields to the minor road that leads to Haye Farm.    On the left through the bare trees, we had a very good view of St Cyric’s creek and the property known as St Cadix, a Grade II listed building from 1710, which stands on the site of an ancient Cluniac priory dissolved in 1536.  Little of the original building remains although some early carved stones have been excavated by one of the recent owners.

Past Haye Farm, we followed the footpath to our left.  We walked through two fields and climbed over a wall on our right.   There, we took time to stop and admire the views.  Ahead of us, we could see a group of buildings.  This hamlet is called Manely, one of the largest manors in Cornwall at the time of Doomsday.  On our far left, on the opposite bank of the river Fowey, we could see the village of Golant.  Still on the opposite bank of the river but moving our gaze towards the right, on the foreshore at the bend of the river, is a small building constructed as a plunge pool and boat-house.  It was built around the turn of the 20th century and reputedly visited by Edward VII when he was Prince of Wales.  You can see the river Lerryn as it flows into the river Fowey beneath St. Winnow point.  Upstream you see St. Winnow Church and the Tudor Barton House tucked into the hillside near the water’s edge.  Daphne du Maurier in her book “Vanishing Cornwall” makes the suggestion that this landscape may be the setting for the legend of Tristan and Iseult.  Her theory is based on the supposition that Castle Dore, the ancient hill fort on the ridge above Golant, was the palace of King Mark and that other place names also fit the legend. 

Going over a stile and down some steps, we walked through a gateway and followed the track down to Cliff.  Cliff, at one time, was well known for its plum orchards and market gardens. At the bottom of the track, we turn right into the narrow lane.  King Charles I was here in August 1644.  During the civil war, the parliamentary troops held the opposite shore and the King came here from Boconnoc to encourage his own troops.  They were stationed at Cliff to guard the ancient ford which crossed the River Fowey.   The owner of Cliff Cottage was out in his garden and showed us the two cannon balls embedded in the front wall of his house above the two windows.  These had been found in the area, a reminder of the battles that had taken place during the civil war.

We stopped in Cliff to have our morning break on a private terrace by the foreshore by kind permission of the neighbour!   We were sheltered from the wind and had superb views of Golant.  We could have stayed there all day but after 20 minutes, it was time to do the second loop of our walk.





We walked up the lane for about 100 yards and on the left, in front of Penfoye House, we took a footpath which took us down to the foreshore.  This footpath is probably the original track leading to the ford.   From the foreshore, we had an excellent view of the boathouse, St Winnow Church and St Winnow Point where the river Lerryn flows into the Fowey River.  We retraced our steps and turn left into the lane to make our way back to St Veep Church through Manely and Pennant.  From the fields after Pennant we had great views towards Polruan and the sea.

This moderate walk is approximately 3 miles long and lasted 2 hours 45mns including our break.


UPDATE 17TH FEBRUARY 2018

NOTICE OF WALK OF 27TH FEBRUARY

A 3.5 MILE CIRCULAR WALK FROM ST.VEEP CHURCH

 


HERE ARE THE DETAILS:

  • OUR STARTING POINT WILL BE ST.VEEP CHURCH

  • THE ITINERARY IS:  ST.VEEP CHURCH, HIGHER PENPOLL, ST CADIX, HAYE FARM, CLIFF, MANELLY AND BACK TO ST VEEP CHURCH

  • STUNNING VIEWS OVER GOLANT, ST WINNOW POINT AND ST WINNOW CHURCH.

  • INSTEAD OF FOLLOWING THE FOOTPATH AT THE BEGINNING AND END OF THE WALK, WE WILL USE THE MINOR ROADS AS THE FIELDS ARE EXTREMELY MUDDY

  • A MODERATE WALK : ONLY ONE STILE OVER A WALL BUT ONE STEEP FIELD ON THE WAY DOWN TO CLIFF AND TWO MODERATELY STEEP HILLS UP TO HAYE FARM AND BACK THROUGH MANELLY

  • TOILETS AT THE CHURCH AT THE BEGINNING AND END OF THE WALK

  • NO COFFEE SHOP (SORRY!). PLEASE BRING A HOT DRINK AND SNACK TO HAVE DURING A BREAK ON A QUAY BY THE RIVER FOWEY

  • NO QUIZ! BUT NO MINI EASTER EGGS!

WE WILL LEAVE THE LOSTWITHIEL COMMUNITY CENTRE CAR PARK AT 10.15AM IN ORDER TO START THE WALK BY 10.30AM AT THE LATEST.

I WOULD BE GRATEFUL IF YOU COULD LET ME KNOW BY SATURDAY 24TH FEBRUARY WHETHER:

  • YOU WOULD LIKE TO DO THIS WALK

  • YOU ARE HAPPY TO DRIVE AND PROVIDE A LIFT

I LOOK FORWARD TO YOUR COMPANY.

ANNIE




UPDATE 14TH FEBRUARY 2108

REPORT ON WALK OF 13TH FEBRUARY 2018

A 6 MILE CIRCULAR WALK FROM DUNMERE HALT TO GROGLEY HALT

 


One thing is for certain:  when you have been tasked with leading a walk, you become an avid, and concerned, watcher of the weather forecast!  The weather forecast had promised that the wintry showers would clear after 1.00pm with a reduced chance of precipitations. So, it was agreed to postpone the start of our walk from 10.30am to 12.00pm, a gamble which paid off since we walked in dry and sunny weather most of the time save for a sharp but short hail shower.   Twenty two walkers met up in the Camel Trail car park in Dunmere, had lunch in their respective cars and set off at 12.45pm.

This walk, curtesy of “iwalkcornwall.co.uk”, follows the opposite side of the river from the Camel Trail.  This was the most challenging part of the walk as the path is at first very narrow, close to the edge of the bank and it was vital that nobody fell in the cold and extremely fast flowing river Camel.  We all commented that we had never seen the river so swollen.  The other challenge on this short stretch was the mud.

At Boscarne (a number of Roman artefacts were found near Boscarne), we turned right and made our way towards Nanstallon where in the late 1960s, a first century Roman fort was excavated. Little remains now apart from some earth banks which are remnants of the ramparts.  Once in Nanstallon, we made our way to Ruthernbridge where we stopped for a group photo.  The bridge over the river Ruthern dates back to around 1450 and it is recorded in 1494 as Rothyn Brygge. A branch line was added from Ruthernbridge to join the Bodmin-Wadebridge railway at Grogley Halt and was opened in 1834.  The railway lasted exactly 100 years, closing in 1933.  The track was lifted in the following year.

We followed the track to Grogley Halt to an entry point onto the Camel Trail.  At Grogley Halt, we had our second stop, not just for another group photo but also for a quiz on the Camel Trail.  The only reason the group humoured their group leader is because they knew that if they gave a correct answer, they would get a mini Easter egg!  So what did we learn?

  • The Camel Trail starts at Padstow and ends at Wenford Bridge

  • It is 17.3 miles long

  • It is managed by Cornwall Council

  • 400,000+ visitors use it every year

  • The Bodmin and Wadebridge railway was built by Sir William Molesworth of Pencarrow

  • It cost £35,000 to build in the 1930s

  • The original use was to carry sand from the Camel estuary to inland farms to use as fertiliser

  • Later it was used to carry fish from Padstow to London and slate and china clay from inland quarries to ships in Padstow

  • The last passenger train to Padstow was in 1967

  • The last freight train was in 1983

  • The Cornish for River Camel “Dowr Camel” means Crooked River


 

We made our way back to Dunmere Halt walking past the Camel Valley vineyard which started in 1989 and continues to win many national and international awards.  We also walked past Boscarne Station which is at one end of the Bodmin and Wendford Steam Railway.

We had walked at a brisk pace and we were back at Dunmere Halt at 3.45pm.




UPDATE 3RD FEBRUARY 2018


NOTICE OF WALK OF 13TH FEBRUARY

A 6 MILE CIRCULAR WALK FROM DUNMERE TO GROGLEY HALT


HERE ARE THE DETAILS:

  • OUR STARTING POINT WILL BE ONCE AGAIN THE CAMEL TRAIL CAR PARK AT THE BUROUGH ARMS (PL31 2RA)
  • APART FROM SOME MUD AT THE BEGINNING OF THE WALK, THE REST OF THE WALK WILL BE DRY AS WE WILL WALK ON MINOR ROADS AND THE CAMEL TRAIL
  • THE ITINERARY IS:  DUNMERE HALT, NANSTALLON, RUTHERNBRIDGE, GROGLEY HALT AND BACK TO DUNMERE HALT
  • A MODERATE WALK : NO STILES BUT TWO MODERATELY STEEP HILLS IN THE FIRST HALF OF THE WALK
  • TOILETS IN THE PUB AT BEGINNING AND END OF THE WALK
  • NO COFFEE SHOP (SORRY!). PLEASE BRING A PICNIC LUNCH TO EAT DURING THE WALK.  YOU MIGHT CHOOSE TO HAVE A HOT OR COLD RINK IN THE PUB AT THE END OF THE WALK
  • THERE WILL BE A SHORT QUIZ TO TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE OF THE CAMEL TRAIL!

WE WILL LEAVE THE LOSTWITHIEL COMMUNITY CENTRE CAR PARK AT 10.30AM IN ORDER TO START THE WALK BY 11.00AM AT THE LATEST.

I WOULD BE GRATEFUL IF YOU COULD LET ME KNOW BY SATURDAY 10TH FEBRUARY WHETHER:

  • YOU WOULD LIKE TO DO THIS WALK
  • YOU ARE HAPPY TO DRIVE AND PROVIDE A LIFT

I LOOK FORWARD TO YOUR COMPANY.

ANNIE



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UPDATE 31 JANUARY 2018

REPORT OF WALK ON THE 30TH JANUARY

BODMIN AND THE CAMEL TRAIL AND OUR NEW YEAR LUNCH


Twenty of us keen walkers set off from the car park adjacent to the Camel Trail at Dunmere in weather which was dry but with various forecasts of rain to come;the main question was when and would we be back by the time it did?

The walk is a circular walk of about 3.8 miles and is in three parts, the Camel Trail, a short length of minor road and an area of woodland and river side.

After about 30 minutes of level walking we arrived at our drinks venue which was not spelled out in the notice of the walk but a clue given as somewhere were we “hoped we would not be detained too long”. Yes you've got it Bodmin Gaol.

All the activities and history are very well described on their web site: www.bodminjail.org. Many of us were not aware of the scope of the activities from the café and restaurant , the quiz and curry nights, the ghost nights and much more.

Bodmin Gaol was designed by Sir John Call and built in 1779 by prisoners of war and was operational for 150 years in which it saw over 50 public hangings. It was reputed to be the first British prison to hold prisoners in individual cells. The gaol closed in 1927 and since that date there has been no prison within the county of Cornwall. As most locals will know plans are in hand to give the prison new life as a hotel with scheduled completion in 2019.

We were all impressed with the café and I'm sure many of us will revisit the site again.

Both our photographs were taken at the jail, one showing us all gathered after our drink and the other showing one of our group making use of the facilities!.

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Our only up hill followed on a minor road before we turned off the tarmac and past row on row of solar panels before heading down hill through mixed woodland with many newly planted specimens in evidence. Not long after the decent the River Camel and weir comes into sight which we follow on down past a new holiday cottage complex and then the main road and our finish and venue for our lunch.

The Borough Arms provided us with a private room all laid up for our now 17 strong group for an excellent lunch from an extensive menu. By about 2.15pm we were all finished and ready to go with the rain now coming down as predicted.

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UPDATE 18 JANUARY 2018

 NOTICE OF WALK AND "CHRISTMAS/NEW YEAR LUNCH

ON 30TH JANUARY THE CAMEL TRAIL AT BODMIN



1) 3.8 MILE CIRCULAR WALK ON CAMEL TRAIL, MINOR ROADS AND WOODLAND PATHS

2) RELATIVELY EASY WALK WITH ONE LONGISH STEEP HILL AND SOME MUD

3) WE WILL BE STOPPING FOR TEA/COFFEE AT 11.00ISH BUT HOPE THAT WE WILL NOT BE DETAINED TOO LONG!

4) A CHOICE OF LUNCH SUCH AS SOUP, FISH PLATTER, PIES AND MUCH MORE WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE END OF WALK FOR THOSE WHO WISH TO STAY. IN ORDER TO ENSURE SUFFICIENT SPACES I NEED TO KNOW BY FRIDAY 26TH LATEST IF YOU WANT TO TAKE PART.

IF YOU DON'T THEN I WILL TRY  AND ARRANGE TRANSPORT BACK HOME FOR YOU BUT IT WILL DEPEND ON DRIVERS CHOICES.

5) WE WILL MEET AT COMMUNITY CENTRE AT 10.05 FOR 10.10 DEPARTURE

6) PLEASE LET US KNOW IF YOU WOULD BE ABLE TO OFFER TRANSPORT

REGARDS,

CHRIS AND JANET

PS WE WILL STILL BE HAVING LUNCH EVEN IF THE WEATHER IS TOO BAD FOR WALKING 


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UPDATE 10 JANUARY 2018


REPORT OF WALK ON THE 9TH JANUARY

AROUND THE ANCIENT AND LONELY DODMAN POINT


Eighteen of us braved the impending rain, which was forecast to start at 2.00pm, to walk the delightful 5.4 mile circular route using footpaths and the South West Coast Path around the Dodman with a stop off in Gorran Haven. This was a similar route taken on a walk in December 2014 but adding a bit more distance to avoid some muddy areas and to take in more of the coast path. Unfortunately a few members had to call off due to illness-we hope to see them again soon.

Parking at the National Trust car park at Penare we headed due west to meet to coast path just above Hemmick Beach at the far east of Veryan Bay with Nare Head visible at the far west with Gull Rock (again) just off shore. Walking now on the coast path we pass the western end of the Bulwark -a 600m long Iron Age earthwork 6m high in places which encloses Dodman Point creating a fortified area that would have contained iron age dwellings. Onto the Dodman-it was recorded on old local maps

as “Deadman”,hence the dark and brooding promontory connotation, and views of the granite cross come into view. This huge cross was placed there in 1896 as a navigational aid to seafarers and a good point to take our customary photograph-this can be compared to the one taken in 2014-spot the similar faces.

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Opposite the path can be seen the watch tower a 1795 survivor of a series of Admiralty signal stations used to alert the Navy at Plymouth of any foreign shipping.

With many Dartmoor ponies also sharing the route we continue above the large sweep of Bow or Vault Beach with Cadythew Rock at its eastern end to find a sheltered nook for our well earned lunch stop-as some of the crew were feeling a little peckish. Continuing on the coast path with some muddy areas and some climbing to round Maenease Point we see views of Gorran Haven harbour and our next stop for hot drinks and chelsea buns, eccles cakes and doughnuts from the local shop sat outside under canvas with the sound of a slight drop of rain.

Fortunately by the time we were ready the rain had stopped and we proceeded out of town and turned left up another muddy areas to reach Treveague Farm and the then short walk back to Penare to arrive at about 2.30pm

On the drive back home it was evident that it had rained quite heavily further east and we considered ourselves very lucky to have had an excellent walk in the dry with magnificent views.




UPDATE 1 JANUARY 2018

     NOTICE OF WALK ON THE 9TH JANUARY

AROUND THE LONELY DODMAN


Veryan Bay
Photo Credit: Creative Commons (CC BY-NC 2.0) by
James Stringer


1) 5 mile circular walk of moderate difficulty taking in the ups and downs of part of the South West Coast Path.
2) Parking at the National Trust car park at Penare.
3) Cafe and toilet facilities at Gorran Haven.
4) Wonderful views, on a clear day, across Veryan Bay from this dark and brooding promontary.
5) Walk takes in coast path and inland paths which will be muddy-sticks advisable
6) Bring packed lunch and/or use cafe at Gorran Haven for our lunch stop.

We will meet at 10.15am at Community Centre for 10.20am start. Please let us know by Saturday 6th January if you wish to go on walk and if you are able to offer transport. 

Regards and Happy New Year

Chris and Janet











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REPORTS FROM THE FIRST  HALF OF 2017 AVAILABLE HERE

REPORTS FROM THE SECOND HALF OF 2017 AVAILABLE HERE




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