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Update: 30th December 2014

Report of Walk on the 30th December 2014-To the Duchy Nursery via Higher Polscoe

On a cold but sunny December day fourteen walkers set off from the Community Centre-we picked up another two on route-to walk to the Duchy  Nursery. All were wrapped up from the winter chill to work off those stiff legs and any over indulgence and enjoy the brilliant countryside we have around us and in great company.

We turned right off Cott Road to make our way along a public footpath past Millham Farm to Polscoe and then made the long steady climb to join the road to Respryn. Although spreadout on the climb we soon all got together again to walk the quarter of a mile before we turned left again to head down to the Nursery where on a majority or it may have been unanimous vote we stopped for  a drink and in most cases some light refreshment; sitting outside with a view of the castle and the sun still shining.

Lostwithiel U3A Walking Group at Duchy Nursery
(Click image for larger view}

After being well watered and fed we set off again on the road-it was reported that the wood and river crossing were very wet and muddy- to return to town and the end of a pleasant walk.

Using my string and map technique the route walked measured just over 4 miles-slightly
longer than advertised.

Our next walk will be on Tuesday 13th 2015, details as follows:-




We will meet as usual at 10.15am at the Community Centre for a 10.30am departure to Wadebridge.

A Happy New Year to all our members and we hope that you will enjoy some of the walks
planned for 2015.

If anyone has walks that they would like to lead then please let us know-shorts walks from Lostwithiel
always in demand.


Chris and Janet




 We will meet as normal at 10.15am at Community Centre for 10.30am start. Please let us know by  MONDAY 29TH DECEMBER if you are going on the walk.

A Happy Christmas to all the group and thank you for your company during 2014-we hope to see you  for our first long walk in 2105 on Tuesday 13th.  Further details nearer the date. 

              Best wishes

              Chris and Janet

Update: 10th December 2014

Report of walk on 9th December-The Lonely Dodman

On a windy morning with the forecast of light rain up till 3.00 and then some heavy rain, we set off in convoy (well 2 cars)
to head through St Austell to the National Trust Car Park at Penare. This 4.5 circular walk takes in the Dodman also known as
Deadman or Deadman's Point and at 400ft high is the highest headland on the south Cornwall coast.

With still no rain, nine walkers set off on the muddy path 
towards and alongside the Iron Age Defensive Bank. This massive 
Iron Age earthwork is nearly 666m long and over 6m high 
and encloses the headland. Over 2,000 years ago this earthwork
could have housed a series of dwellings known collectively 
as a promontory fort or cliff castle

After passing the earthwork we turned left to head towards the large cross-an ideal photo opportunity although standing 
still to take the photo was difficult in the high wind. This sepulchral granite cross placed there in 1896 by the Reverend George Martin, rector of nearby St Michael Caerhays. Just inland from the cross, but hidden by scrub, is the Dodman Watch House, a survivor of the late 18th century and much restored when used as an Admiralty signal station and subsequently by coastguards and restored by the National Trust.

We then proceeded on a northerly route to head along the coast path and above Bow or Vault Beach. The southern end of this

part shingle part sand beach has been used by naturalists for many years and swimming is said to be spectacular. With no time
for swimming-nobody had a towel! we proceeded around the headland with a slight drizzle at time blowing off the sea to see the harbour of Gorran Haven. 

Lostwithiel U3A Walking Group

Gorran Haven is an unspoilt coastal village situated at the most eastern point of the Rosland Peninsular
and an ideal place to have our well earned lunch and comfort break. Many used the outdoor seating at the Cakebread cafe and
Post Office to treat ourselves to a cuppa and assorted cakes.

Now a little stiff after sitting down we managed to climb up through the village to turn left onto a path and up through to the

camp grounds of Trevague Farm and across another field before we reached the car park.

The rain did start to increase slightly but did not start in earnest until we had reached home-a good walk with great views even with 
the cloudy weather and as usual a great friendly atmosphere.

The next short walk will take place on Tuesday 30th December

Update: 25th November 2014


Some 15 walkers arrived by car or even walked (well done both) to Respryn Car Park on a frosty morning to start our short 3 mile walk through the South Park to the house and then back on ourselves through the Great Wood to the River Fowey and back to the car park.

Although the weather forecast was predicting some rain showers we set off full of enthusiasm to take the footpath from the car park towards one of the main gates into the estate and the grand avenue of trees to then turn left and along the track before turning right again to go parallel to the main avenue through the large chestnut trees of the South Park. Although slightly uphill we all managed
well with the occasional stop to look at the views and admire the colours of the trees that are quickly loosing all their leaves.

With our normal photo shoot at the top near the grand house and main gate we headed back down again on well marked footpaths covered in leaves to the track we had left earlier and were met by about 20 ewes and lambs, well controlled by a sheep dog, that were heading into a field .

Lostwithiel U3A Walking in Lanhydrock

Following footpath signs we then proceeded to the river  then along the river bank for a short distance before crossing and walking between the river and the railway line. Although the rain had started it was only light and with the tree canopy it did not seem to cause too much inconvenience only making the underfoot a bit more slippery with all the leaves.

The River Fowey at this point has been voted one of the top 5 places in Cornwall for wild swimming but unfortunately we had all  forgotten to pack our trunks!-maybe next time.
Respryn Bridge

( Respryn Bridge Photo by Dr Duncan Pepper - Creative Commons license)

After a short walk we reached the famous Respryn Bridge- a five arched mediaeval bridge spanning the River Fowey. The place name indicates that there had been  a ford here before the bridge was built; carrying an ancient trackway between Bodmin and Looe. By 1300 a bridge had been built here of granite and rubble construction. Of today's bridge the central pointed arch dates to the fifteen century and probably represents part of the original construction which replaced the earlier thirteen century bridge. The other arches are round and the two on the west side relatively modern.

The bridge played an important part in the Civil War lying as it did between the two major estates of Lanhyrdrock and Boconnoc, one in parliamentarian hands and
the other royalist. King Charles rode over the bridge in 1644 on his way from Boconnoc to Lanhydrock-thus historically linking our last two short walks.
Following his route we crossed the bridge back to the car park after a few hours exercise and good company.

Update: 13th November 2014



1) 3 mile gentle stroll with very mild gradients.
2) Parking at the National Trust car park at Respryn
3) Walking on forest track and footpaths.

We will meet as normal at 10.15am at Community Centre for 10.30am start. Please let us know by  Saturday 22nd November if you wish to go on walk and if you are able to offer transport.

Chris and Janet

Update: 11th November 2014

Due to the severe weather warning issued today for our region we decided not to lead the 8 other members of the walking group, who had requested to go, onto Dodman Point ;in hindsight at 2.00pm a good decision.

We hope weather permitting to try again on the 9th December.

Information about our next short walk for 25th November will be issued later this week

Update: 29th October 2014

Report of walk on 28th October-
From Bradoc to Boconnoc and house tour

On a hazy autumn day,typical except for the warm temperature of 16 degrees C, we were greeted at the church at Bradoc by the lovely smile of Sue ready with mugs of tea or coffee and assorted biscuits including custard creams and bourbons. We all had smiles on our faces when we also noticed that Sue S had produced a red and white cake box which was full of home made currant buns-my favourite a real treat-many thanks to both Sues for this great start.

After 20 minutes of eating, drinking and chat we decided that we had better walk,the real purpose of the group, the mile and a half through the Boconnoc Estate to the House. The walk through the estate and the tour of part of the house had been arranged by Rob and permission granted by Mr and Mrs Fortescue -we thank them all.

We were greeted in the grand entrance hall by Jill McCombie who was our guide and historian for the morning and treated us to more tea and coffee and biscuits before we adjourned to the drawing room to listen to a brief history of the house and estate from prehistory through 1086 to the present day. An excellent introduction was given of which only some headlines will be given here but further information can be obtained  from local libraries and from the web site  www.boconnoc.com.

The estate and house have seen many ups and downs and changes during its life and control passed from different famillies since Sir William Mohun bought the property in 1579 and it remained in that family until 1717 when it was sold to Thomas Pitt for £54,000-the money being raised by the sale for £135,000 of the Pitt Diamond which was subsequently set in the hilt of Napoleon's sword which can be seen at the Louvre in Paris.

The estate passed through the Pitt line to Anne Pitt who married William Wyndham Grenville  Prime Minister from 1806 to 1807 (who followed William Pitt the Younger as PM). The couple where childless and on the death of Lady Grenville in 1864 the estate was bequeathed
to George Matthew Fortescue, son of Lord Grenville's sister Hester, who married the first Earl Fortescue of Castle Hill , Devon. It has remained in the Fortescue family ever since. Under the present owners Anthony and Elizabeth Fortescue much careful restoration has been undertaken using artisan craftsmen to produce what it is today a thriving business catering for weddings, venue hire, accomodation and special events.

We also learnt from Jill that A L  Rouse had been a visitor to the house and she read one of his poems written about the estate. All those walkers who went on the Blackhead walk or who have read my report on the U3A web site "Blackhead-a lovely spot!" will be familiar with A L Rouse (Alfred Leslie) and his works.

After all that knowledge imparted by Jill we said our thanks and took a similar route back, although some went to have a look at the church and stable yard,and were again greeted by that smile and a tea pot and for those lucky ones some currant buns that had not been eaten at 10.00am to go with our packed lunches.

A great day out was had by all-we thank again Rob and Sue for organising the day so well and hope that Boconnoc will continue to survive as a great local
asset on our doorstep. 


Update: 28th October 2014


Veryan Bay
Black Rock and Veryan Bay
© Copyright Patrick Pavey - Creative Commons Licence


1) 5 mile 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 can be muddy.
6) Bring packed lunch and/or use cafe at Gorran Haven for our lunch stop.

We will meet as normal at 10.15am at Community Centre for 10.30am start. Please let us know by
Saturday 8th November if you wish to go on walk and if you are able to offer transport.

Chris and Janet

UPDATE 15th October 2014

   Report of Walk on the 14th October
 The Cornish Shores of Plymouth Sound - A walk round the Mount Edgumbe estate on the shores of Plymouth Sound
View from Mount Edgcumbe

The Mount Edgcumbe Country Park is a green oasis that flies in the face of Plymouth's crowded waterfront opposite. The two are separated by The Narrows, a few hundred yards of the Hamoaze, the estuary formed by the rivers Tavy, Lynher and Tamar. Mount Edgcumbe stands on the Cornish side of the river , although it was not always Cornish. In Anglo-Saxon times, Devon extended across the estuary as far as Kingsand, the half way point of the walk. A sign showing the
old boundary can still be seen in Kingsand.

The walk covers the most easterly extension of the Rame Peninsular, known by local people as 'Forgotten Corner'.

This was a new venture for the walking group, not only traveling a bit further than normal from our base but also increasing the length of walk to 8 miles albeit with a shortened 4 miles version for those who wanted.

On another beautiful morning 11 walkers set off from the car park near the Cremyll ferry to walk in a southerly direction hugging the coast and passing through the Mount Edgcumbe estate. The main house was built in the mid-16th century and subsequently enlarged. It was however badly damaged by German bombs in 1941 and rebuilt in the 1960's. In 1971 the house and gardens were purchased
jointly by Cornwall County Council and Plymouth City Council. It is used today for numerous activities such as a conference centre and wedding venue and open to the public.

After a bit of a climb around Picklecombe Point with some zig-zagging through the
Lostwithiel U3A Walking Group
woods and a bit more of a scramble around a large fallen
tree we all manged to get to Hooe Lake Valley with stunning views across the estuary and the breakwater. With the sun now out and walkers gradually shedding clothes as we heated up.

Much activity in the bay with military vessels and freight carriers.
After an other mile along the estuary with Kingsand and Cawsand in sight we were soon sitting on the sea front in front of a cafe and tucking into our well earned lunch.

Lostwithiel U3A Walk
After deciding who was going to walk on and who was going to use the Number 32 bus to return to Cremyll we finished our toasted
tea cakes with lashings of butter or our ice creams or our bacon or crab sandwiches-all to be recommended-and proceeded back into town to the Cawsand Surgery bus stop or Devonport Hill for the walkers. The dead end road for vehicles soon becomes an old pathway still
proceeding up and above Cawsand Bay with even better views of Plymouth Sound.

We then started to head in land to cross the B3247
at Maker Church. The name means a stone wall, a ruin in Cornish and the existing building is typical of many 15th Century Cornish Churches. We then descended to the northern estuary through Pigshill Wood to Palmer Point and along the water front again to an old quay at
Empacombe surrounded by some stunning holiday accommodation and at the entrance to Millbrok Lake.

A short 1/2 mile walk takes us back past an Obelisk and to the car park.

A good time was had by all and the new venture was worth the extra effort so we will include a few more 8 milers into our schedule. No plans yet for the overnight stop but the 40 mile Saints Way was mentioned. Watch this space.!

UPDATE 1st October 2014

Walk on 14th October-The Cornish Shores of Plymouth Sound
   - a walk around the Mount Edgcumbe estate on the shores of Plymouth Sound

1) We will meet at 9.45am at the Community Centre for a 10.00am start. Please note that this is Flu Injection day so Community Centre car park will be busy.
2) This circular walk starts from Cremyll car park (a payment car park) and takes in Kingsand and Cawsand before returning on the north shore line.  Total distance is 8 miles with 7 stiles but bus can be caught from Kingsand to return to Cremyll thus reducing walk to 4 miles.
3) Walk is relatively easy and on good paths or tracks.
4) Facilities and eating/drinking establishments can be found at Cremyll and Kingsand and/or packed lunch
5) In view of the distance to the walk I would like to reduce number of cars travelling to Cremyll so could you please let me know whether you will be coming, what distance you hope to cover and if you are willing/able to offer transport by Friday 10th October.


   Walk on 28th October-From Bradoc to Boconnoc
   -taking in a tour of the house at Boconnoc

Boconnoc House

(Picture: Mike Searle - licensed under Creative Commons Attribution)

  Following last April's successful trip around the estate and tour of the church we are repeating the walk but this time we are being given a tour of the house. Again this has been organised by Rob and Sue and permission for the walk has been granted by Mr and Mrs Fortescue who will be  leading our tour of the house; we are very grateful for all their help and permissions in organising this trip.

 1) We will meet at 9.40am at the Community Centre so that we can be at Bradoc Church by 10.00am.
 2) Tea/Coffee will be provided by Rob and Sue before we start the walk
 3) The total circular walk is about 4 miles and facilities are provided on the estate near the church.
 4) We will be shown around the house and be provided with tea/coffee/biscuits by Mr and Mrs Fortescue - a charge of £5 per person will be made to go towards upkeep of the estate. This will be collected on the day.
 5) We will then return to Bradoc to eat our packed lunch bought with us and again Rob and Sue will provide tea/coffee before we return home.
 6) It is important that I know numbers by Saturday 18th October so would be grateful if you could let us know by that date if you are coming and if you are willing to offer transport to Bradoc.



           Report of walk on 30th September- A Mystery Trail in Fowey

 Our party of 11 walkers, including three potential new U3A members, set off from Coombe Farm National Trust car park to walk the coast path into Fowey. Within a few minutes with the sight of the calm sea ahead  we were heading for Readymoney Cove and the short walk to start the trail at Barclays Bank.


We divided into two groups and with the competitive spirit fired up both groups searched the town to find answers  to the eighteen clues. As the trail leaflet was slightly out of date and some buildings had changed their uses and  others were being refurbished we all found it difficult to eliminate all the suspects and find the murderer but it was a fun way to see some of the back streets of Fowey and learn more of the history of this local town.

 Some of us ended up in a local cafe before we managed to climb back up the slope to the car park and back home  by 2.15pm.

(Fowey Image Attribution: Tony Atkin )


Walk on the 30th September-Mystery Trail in Fowey

    This follows similar walks we have completed in Lostwithiel and Bodmin and is more about learning about the town  and using our brains rather than our legs.

                       1) We will start at Coombe Farm National Trust car park and walk into Fowey via Readmoney Bay.
                       2) Total distance of walk about 3 miles
                       3) Facilities and places to eat/drink available for those who want them or bring your own.
                       4) Gradient to walk into Fowey
                       5) We would expect to finish by 1.30pm
We will meet at the Community Centre as usual at 10.15am for 10.30am start.

Please let us know by Saturday 27th September if you are coming and able to offer transport.

    Next walk after this will be long walk on 14th October; details to follow.

Report on 9th September Walk
Hidden Secrets of the Luxulyan Valley

On another glorious September morning thirteen walkers set off from Ponts Mill car park to walk the 5.75 mile circular route through Luxulyan Valley and back using part of the Saints' Way to St Blazey and up the canal towpath to the car park.

With the hot sun the first part through the wooded valley with a swiftly flowing stream alongside was a joy.

We passed the remains of the Trevanney China Clay kilns and its towering chimney used from 1920 to 1965. This valley was a centre of industrial activity in Victorian Cornwall with copper being produced and hauled to Ponts Mill and then down the Par canal to Par harbour. A second tramway linked Luxulyan to Ponts Mill and allowed Joseph Treffry to develop granite quarries in the upper valley.

Our first photograph is taken at the base of the  Treffry Viaduct built between 1839 and 1842 from local granite; the viaduct conveyed leat water to the copper mine and stands at 30m above the valley floor. With the ten majestic arches it was the first of its type to be constructed in the south west. After the climb to the top-without ropes or safety harnesses -we took our second photo-guess who is missing??

After a slight detour to see a" black water pipe" we went the correct way to join up with the Saints' Way- a 30 mile trail from Padstow to Fowey, known also as the Mariners' or Drovers' Way.

believed the route to have been used in the Bronze Age by drovers, traders and pilgrims en route from Ireland and Wales to mainland Europe. This route takes you over farmland with livestock in most of the fields. Our third photograph shows that we are being followed-are they U3A members?

After a field with some lively bullocks we then headed downhill on a zig zag path through the woods and then on minor roads before we reached the railway crossing at St Blazey and could turn left just before beside the canal and railway line.

With the traffic noise left behind we all had a peaceful stop and well earned lunch break. The now disused canal was replaced in 1874 by the Minerals Railway along side it that carried china clay until the 1990's; evidence of the rail tracks can still be seen on the path. After a further 15 minutes we were back in the car park and the end of our first new seasons walk. For the record our GPS analysis showed that we had covered 5.50 miles!

UPDATE 23rd  AUGUST  2014

Dear Members,

We hope that you have had a good summer holiday and are ready for our new season of walks starting on Tuesday 9th September.

Walk on the 9th September-Hidden Secrets of the Luxulyan Valley

We will start from Ponts Mill Car Park and the main details of the walk are as listed below:

  •    Approx. 5.750 miles taking approx. 3.50 hours
  •    On footpaths, tracks and minor roads
  •    Some stiles and gradients but nothing severe
  •    Interesting industrial archeology
  •    Wet underfoot in places
  •    Cows in some fields
  •    Picnic lunch and drink should be taken if required
  •    No facilities available on route

We will meet at the Community Centre as usual at 10.15am for 10.30am start.
Please let us know by Saturday 6th September if you are coming and able to offer transport.

Chris and Janet


View an interactive map of Luxulyan Valley   (Large file, make take a while to load !!)

UPDATE 12th AUGUST  2014

Walk 12th August - To the Bodmin Beacon

Twenty  walkers joined us for this splendid walk to the Bodmin Beacon wonderfully lead and planned by Brian.

A group -designated A -set off from the Community Centre to meet up with Group B at Lanhydrock car park cafe for the first part of this 6.13 mile walk (we are grateful to Alan for this exact measurement;it beats the string and map  used by other not so technical members).

We crossed the wobbly bridge over the main road and walked along even terrain and then a gradual incline until we arrived at the Dragon Centre on the outskirts of Bodmin.

Here we collected Group designated C and together walked through a housing estate with many twists and turns and eventually along side the railway line with wonderful  views to our left across the unspoiled valley and then the climb up to Beacon itself. The views were magnificent with no sign of the town itself only the moors in the distance.
Lostwithiel U3A Walking  Group at Bodmin
(Click on image for larger view)

After the usual picture with all groups A, B and C mixed together we had our picnics in the breeze and sunshine.

The Beacon is sited on a  Local Nature Reserve which uniquely combines rural charm and escapism with convenience and cultural history. The site is managed in partnership and covers 87 acres of traditionally managed farmland, public amenity space and community woodland. It is owned by Bodmin Town Council and Cornwall Council. The Beacon itself is a rounded hill lying in a prominent position  adjacent to the town of Bodmin. At its highest point it reaches 162m with a distinctive landmark at its peak-the 44m(144feet) monument to Lt Gen Sir Walter Raleigh Gilbert built in 1856/7. The monument is a granite ashlar obelisk standing on a moulded pedestal base with inscriptions to each side. Steel reinforcing straps are attached at intervals up the shaft.

We took a different route back down the hill crossing meadows before we returned to Beacon Road and the railway bridge just in time to be able to wave to the engine driver as he pulled out of the station and we could bring back all those memories with the smell of the steam.

After a brief walk on the road we were again into the woods and back to Lanhydrock and back to Lostwithiel for 2.00pm.

Many thanks to Brian again for a spendid walk.

We will be starting our regular programme again in September with first walk on 9th September. More information to follow.

Chris  Dimond

UPDATE 23rd  JULY  2014

Report of walk on 22nd July-Golitha Falls, King Doniert's Stones and Siblyback Lake


A record number of 23 walkers set off from Golitha Falls on a hot sunny day to walk the circular walk taking in three landmarks of this area.

Golitha Falls is a series of small rapids where the River Fowey passes through a lush, wooded granite gorge, King Doniert's stones mark what is believed to be the burial site of a Cornish King who drowned in the River Fowey in the ninth century and Siblyback Lake one of the South West Water's main Cornish reservoirs and a popular watersports centre and recreation area.

This is a circular route illustrated in the Classic Walks of Cornwall publication and shown to be 3.5 miles-to be discussed later.!
Lostwithiel U3A Walking Group
(Click on image to see larger view)

We started by taking the wooded path alongside the river towards the falls and took a photo opportunity at the end of the path whilst we were all still looking cool and not hot and sweaty as we were at the end. Retracing our steps  back to the road we proceeded towards the stones of King Doniiert's
and the impressive views towards the church and village of St Cleer. 

Two richly carved pieces of a 9th Century Celtic cross can be seen with an inscription commemorating Dumgarth British King of Dumnomia who drowned in about 875 AD

After a well earned rest to take on water we walked towards Siblyback on the road but turned left just passed South Trekeive Farm to take the footpath to the dam and the flat walk to the cafe and toilets at the lake and our lunch break.

There's plenty more to do at this scenic lake, including miles of walks, a round lake cycle way (with bike hire), excellent bird watching, Siblyback Segway Experience, a track for water skiing, high ropes and archery, children's play areas and a cafe overlooking the water. However in view of our tight schedule we only had time to use the cafe, picnic tables and toilets and the water skiing and climbing would have to wait for another day.

We then retraced our footsteps back to the dam to then take a different route back to the car park. Three of the walkers then examined their GPS devises to discover the real distance of the walk; despite the individual differences they all concluded that it was slightly more than the 3.5 miles quoted in the literature -maybe because the heat had caused the route to expand? as we assumed that the walk would take place at 16C. and not the 23C that registered on the car temperature gauge as we left; this had risen to 25C as we arrived in Lostwithiel.

We hope that all have recovered and will be ready for our next walk on August 12th, details of which follow:

   Walk on 12th August: To Bodmin Beacon

Park at Lanhydrock National Trust car park, toilets and cafe available on our return. Cross over the road and walk down the trail and through the wood  before crossing over the A30 on the footbridge. Using quiet roads and over the railway bridge we proceed to the Dragon Centre. We then take the path behind the school leading to the Bodmin Beacon and returning via a different route back to the car park. Most of the walk is on good paths and minor roads with a couple of hills which are not steep. A distance of approx 5 miles.

Anyone wanting a shorter walk can meet at Dragon Centre car park and walk to the Beacon and back.
An interesting walk taking in parts of Bodmin not usually seen and with spendid views from the Beacon

Meet at Community Centre at 10.15 am and bring packed lunch if required.

Please let us know by Saturday 9th August if you will be joining us and if you can offer transport if required


Walk on 22nd July: Siblyback, Golitha Falls and King Doniert's Stones

Dear Members,
As mentioned in our last e-mail we will be leading two official U3A walks during the holiday period one on 22nd July as detailed below and one on 12th August which will be led by Brian and is approx 5 miles and takes us to Bodmin Beacon-but more of that later.

For the 22nd July walk we will be parking at Golitha Falls car park (free-although last time we were there the toilets had been closed) and  walking on minor roads past King Doniert's Stones until we reach South Trekeive Farm and then on public footpaths to the dam at Siblyback Lake  and then to the cafe and toilets, a  packed lunch can be taken if preferred as there are ample picnic tables overlooking the lake. We will then  retrace our steps back to the dam and then walk on footpaths and minor roads to the Falls. For those who wish we can then walk and view the falls before returning home.

The total walk is 3.5 miles and relatively easy with only minor level changes HOWEVER for those who only want a short level walk there  is  the option of walking to Golitha Falls and on the surrounding woodland trails whilst waiting for the others to return. A very pleasant  picnic can be had overlooking the river spotting the fish as they catch flies for their lunch OR drive to Siblyback and meet the rest for lunch-this car park is a Pay and Display.

               1) 3.5 mile circular walk if total walk completed
               2) Bring packed lunch and drink or use cafe at Siblyback Lake where toilets are also available
               3) Meet at Community Centre at 10.15 for 10.30am start
               4) Please let us know by Saturday 19th July if you ARE coming on walk and if you are willing to offer transport


June 24th--- Walk To Black Head

On a really hot day seven walkers set off from the Community Centre to drive to the car park at Trenarren, south of St Austell, before walking the 4 mile circular walk to Black Head and then back along the coast path.

We started off along the minor road retracing our steps, with a view of St. Austell bay to the east, to Lobb's shop where we turn to head south to pick up the bridleway at Polglaze. With the recent lack of rain the way was dry and relatively easy walking as we proceeded easterly towards the picturesque Hallane Mill and a view of the sea again.

The coast path has recently been repaired after the winter storms which meant that we could keep to the footpath and use the steps to rise above the mill and its secluded beach and head towards Black Head. After a packed lunch sat admiring the view and enjoying the sea breeze we visited the granite stone commemorating the life of Alfred Leslie Rowse (usually known as A L Rowse) who was born at Trenarren in 1903 and died in 1997.

A L Rowse was a British historian best known for his work on Elizabethan England and his poetry about Cornwall. The poem that places Rowse best in the
Clay Country is "The road to Roche". In it he remembers his boyhood among eccentric characters and celebrates his favourite view across to Trenarren and
St Austell Bay.

The granite stone was air lifted from St Kew into place by an RAF helicopter and unveiled at a ceremony in July 1999 after a public appeal had raised £3000
towards the cost of the stone. The stone was, however, vandalised in February 2000 but fortunately it was able to be repaired although evidence of the repair
 is still visible.

After our impromtu history lesson we then continued along the coast path, passed the Ropehaven Cliffs Nature Reserve and returned to the cars for our short drive back

(Black Head walk pictures by Sue Sargent)


     Walk on 25th June: To Black Head-a lovely spot!

This is the walk that unfortunately had to be postponed in May

Details of the walk to be held on 25th June are included below together with some important notes:

               1) Waterproof boots and stick handy
               2) One steep climb due to landslip and diversion
               3) No facilities available on the walk-only natural terrain -eg bushes and rocks
               4) 4 mile circular walk
               5) Bring packed lunch and drink
               6) Meet at Community Centre at 10.15 for 10.30am start
               7) Please let us know by Saturday 21st if you ARE coming on walk and if you are willing to offer transport

               8) We would expect to return by 2.30pm

From small car park north of Trenarren we walk along minor roads before picking up the bridle path at Polglaze and then heading east to Hallane Mill-diversion in place here- and the coast path to have lunch on Black Head looking out to sea.

We then retrace our steps and continue back onto coastal path travelling east to the car park.

After consultation with members we have decided to hold only one walk in the months of July and August and provisional dates are 22nd July and 12th August
and then to revert back to normal programme in September.

Any suggestions for these or future walks or for volunteer leaders of individual walks would be appreciated. Please let us know.


Report of Helman Tor Walk  - 10th June

Nine  walkers left the Crown Inn, Lanlivery and walked along a very wet and muddy Saints Way to Helman Tor where we stopped to admire the all round view, trying to pick out known landmarks. From there we walked along the track towards Breny Farm following the path through Breny Common which also proved to be muddy in places. Reaching the road at Lowertown which we followed back up several hills to Lanlivery and the Crown Inn car park. As we had been given kind given permission to use the car park we thought it on proper to frequent the pub to show our appreciation. So a big thank’s to Betty Stogs for the refreshment and to Carol Williams for the excellent photograph. 


                                                    Report on walk 27th May
 To St Winnow and back

Fourteen keen walkers set off from Lostwithiel on a bright sunny morning to walk the 3.5 mile round trip to St Winnow.
Lostwithiel U3A Walk to St Winnow
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We used minor roads past Lanwithan and towards Polmena before heading along Newham Lane and the great views across the valley towards Cowbridge and the cemetery. At the imposing entrance to Newham Farm we headed downhill on the bumpy bridlepath towards the ford at the bottom. After a brief uphill section we turned right across the fields towards the river and the wooded section on its bank with the smell of wild garlic still strong in the air. Looking back you get a great view of the refurbished farm house and associated buildings.

At the end of the wooded section we come out into the boat yard before visiting the beautiful church, the very interesting and free agricultural museum full of old tractors and farm machinery and the Food Hut where many decided to partake of hot drinks, home made pasties or pork rolls with apple sauce and much more-even ice cream for pudding for one person!
Lostwithiel U3A at St Winnow
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Finally we made our move back up the road past the grand former vicarage before picking up the bridle path again at the top and retracing our steps back to Lostwithiel with the sun still beaming down on us- just as predicted.


            Tuesday 10th June  Lanlivery to Helman Tor and Breney Common Nature Reserve.

 This walk has been organised and will be led by Brian Marriott and all correspondence relating to this walk should be directed to him
                                                                                            at brianmarriott"at" btconnect.com

 This is a circular walk  of about 5 miles. The walk is on good paths and quiet roads with a couple of moderate hills - nothing too strenuous.

 We have permission to park in the Crown Pub car park at Lanlivery.

 Meet in the Community Centre car park at 10.15 to leave at 10.30 for Lanlivery

 Could you please let Brian know if you are coming, require a lift or if you will have a car available.


27th May -  To St Winnow and back

                     This relatively easy 3.5 mile walk to St Winnow and back uses minor road, bridlepath and footpaths  and takes in views of the countryside and Fowey esturary around Lostwithiel and St Winnow.

No transport is required as we will be leaving the Community Centre on foot at 10.30am.                 Please meet at 10.15am as usual.

 If you could let us know by Sunday 25th if you are coming.

 There will be an opportunity to look at the church, the Agricultural Museum and sit on the foreshore
before returning home.

 No facilities are available on route.

             Chris and Janet

PS  The postponed Black Head walk will now take place on 24th June and a note will be issued
 in due course


Due to unforeseen circumstances we had to pospone the walk on Tuesday 13th to Black Head  but we will now be doing this delightful walk on Tuesday 24th June.

  All the information about this walk will be sent again to all members prior to the new date asking for numbers and transport.

  Information about the next walk on the 27th May will be sent to all members and posted shortly.

              Walk on 13th May: To Black Head-a lovely spot!

Dear Members,

Details of the walk to be held on 13th May are included below together with some important notes:

               1) Waterproof boots and stick handy
               2) One steep climb due to landslip and diversion
               3) No facilities available on the walk-only natural terrain -eg bushes and rocks
               4) 4 mile circular walk
               5) Bring packed lunch and drink
               6) Meet at Community Centre at 10.15 for 10.30am start
               7) Please let us know by Saturday 10th if you ARE coming on walk and if you are willing to offer transport

                   8) We would expect to return by 2.30pm

                     From small car park north of Trenarren we walk along minor roads before picking up the bridle path at Polglaze and then heading east to  Hallane Mill-diversion in place here- and the coast path to have lunch on Black Head looking out to sea.
                 We then retrace our steps and continue back onto coastal path travelling east to the car park.

Chris and Janet

Report of walk on 29th April 2014 -From Bradoc to Boconnoc

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Twenty walkers met at Bradoc Church at an ealier time than normal to be met by steaming hot teas and coffee made by Sue together with a choice of three types of biscuit- a real treat particularly for those who don't or shouldn't eat biscuits.

Led by Robert we proceeded towards the Boconnoc Estate and with the kind permission of Mr and Mrs Fortescue were able to walk through the estate towards the obelisk. The group of cheery walkers can be seen in front of the 123 foot high monument build in 1771 by Thomas Pitt, 1st Lord Camelford, in memory of his wife's uncle and benefactor Sir Richard Lyttelton.
Lostwithiel U3A walk

After gathering in the stable yard and a comfort stop we were allowed to go into the church to view the unique votive panels and coat of arms of Charles 1st and listen to an amusing and enlightening talk by Mr Foot, a lay preacher who lives on the estate and has great knowledge of the history of both the church and the estate.

We then took a different route back past some colourful azaleas and woodland to the church at Bradoc and more tea and coffee with our lunch.

Great thanks to Sue and Rob for not only arranging the walk but providing a welcome drink at the start and finish of the walk.

Many thanks,


  Walk on the 29th April-Two Church Walk-from Bradoc to Boconnoc

        This 4 mile walk on gentle terrain has been organised and will be led by Rob and Sue Wheeler using some permissive paths over the  Boconnoc Estate granted to us by kind permission of Mr and Mrs Fortescue.

Our walk will start at Bradoc Church and we should arrive at 10.00am when tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided inside the church.

Leaving at 10.30am past the gates of the Old Rectory and Coach House before passing the cemetery, where we may visit the graves of  one or two people that might be familiar to us.

We will then turn into the Boconnoc Estate along the long drive to the obelisk, downhill through Horsepool Cottage gate and toward Boconnoc  House and Boconnoc Church. This will be open for us courtesy of  the church warden Anthony Fortescue. Additionally Mrs Fortescue has kindly offered to greet us inside the church and tell us something of the history and to use this interval as our only comfort break on the walk.

We will then return to the obelisk on a different and more uneven surface before retracing our steps back to Bradoc Church.

 On our return to the church we will find the kettle boiling and a hot drink provided with which to enjoy our packed lunch before departing home.



Report of walk on 8th April
From Looe to Polperro
A 4.5 mile walk along the Coast Path

Lostwithiel U3A at Looe
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On a bright breezy morning sixteen walkers, including some new faces, set off from West Looe to walk  4.5 miles of the  coastal path to Polperro.
Despite the previous days rain the path was surprisingly dry although the storms of February have caused landslides causing one major diversion out of Talland Bay.

Lostwithiel U3A at Looe - second picture

Setting off from Hannafore the path passes St. George's or Looe Island as we proceed steadily to our lunch stop and public toilets at Talland Bay.

The path is busy as families make the most of the start of the Easter school holidays. Some members sat on the beach with their packed lunch whilst others made use of the excellent beach side cafe with the novel coloured beach sheds housing tables and chairs. One of our members at least wants one just like it
for their garden.
Lostwithiel U3A at Looe -

Fully fed and watered we all proceeded at various speeds up the steep and long incline, taking in the diversion which made the climb even longer, before we rejoin the coast path and walk down into the busy town and towards Crumplehorn and with our bus passes in hand our bus back to Looe.

                                Report of walk on 25th March
Exploring Bodmin

Lostwithiel U3A Walking Group in Bodmin

On a day predicted to be dry and sunny twelve group members set off from Scarlett's Well Car Park in Bodmin to start our Treasure Trail; to exercise both mind and body and learn more of the town on our doorsteps. I know that everyone, even those who have lived in the area for a long time, learnt something of the buildings and characters that make up Bodmin's history and despite a few wrong turns and missed clues all had an enjoyable morning.

We visited the enchanting ruined chapel at the rear of church of St Petroc with its hanging aubrietia from every wall, the haven which is Priory Park and the Bodmin Town Football Ground and saw the drinking trough erected by Prince Chula of Siam before returning via the granite cross at the top of Lower Bore Street and back to the car park.

Thanks to Brenda for proposing the walk and the organisation.

It is well worth a go, and recommended for any visitor to the area, as well as those new to the area and those who may just drive to the supermarket or drive through the town.

Lostwithiel U3A Walking Group explore Bodmin

Report of walk on March 11th

Perfect timing for today's walk at Minions - Spring arrived! We had a wonderful turnout of 19 people for today's walk arranged by Alan. We all enjoyed walking with the sun shining down on us and the birds singing happily. We walked from the Heritage Centre car park at Minions up to the Cheesering and then strolled across the moor to the Hurlers. Much chit chat along the way as we marvelled at the beautiful views and clear air.

A few recent dry days meant that our footing was quite dry, just as well as we sat on the ground at the Hurlers for our picnic lunch! As we drove away we all felt buoyed by the start of Spring and the prospect of more walks to come!

Report of walk on February 25th

A quick change of plan meant that we headed for the seaside rather the trail around Bodmin-that walk is still to come- and did the short level walk from London Apprentice to Pentewan. Eight walkers took part including two new members ably led by Reuben and the weather looked good as we set off although rain was forecast at 1.40pm.
We passed a few dog walkers and runners but otherwise the sounds were of the river and the group members discussing all topics of interest. Once at Pentewan some used the cafe to take on refreshments and others sat outside on the benches and consumed their picnics. After a suitable rest we took to the sands ,watched some hardy soles in the surf, almost got our feet wet and dreamt of those sunny days to come. We returned by the same route, although some took an "alternative route" until our leader who was then at the rear put us on the correct course and we arrived back at about 1.30pm.
True to the leaders prediction-why do we doubt him-it started to rain just on the outskirts of St Austell at 1.40pm. A good morning was had by all, exercise,sunshine. sea breezes and good company.

Report of walk on January 14th
First walk of 2014

On Tuesday 14th January, 11 walkers from the Group met in the town car park and proceeded to walk out of the town along  Liddicoat Road to  Cott Road where 2 more walkers joined us. The walk continued to Downend turning right  and right again into Two Trees Road walking to the junction with the Lerryn Road. A  left turn took us past Tredithick Farm Cottages after which we once again turned left and on to St Nectan’s  Chapel where we stopped for refreshment. The walk then took us through the graveyard, over a stile and through a field to a new gate which had only just been fitted. The workmen said that “we were the first walkers to use it”. Across the road and back to Downend then turning past the school and the entrance to Peregrine Hall and on to Polscoe. A path on the left took us back to Cott Road and the Car Park. The walk was around 5  miles and enjoyed by all. Thank you to Brian for leading the walk and writing the report.

10 members of the walking group assembled for the local walk, we welcomed 2 new people to the group.The walk was organised by Janet and Chris Dimond and started from the Community Centre. We walked up Tanhouse Lane to the new gravel path on the left -hand side. The gravel path is very steep and several of us approached it with trepidation, however we all managed to get to the top, commented how it seemed less steep than our memories recalled. At the top we turned right, walked to the end of the lane, then across fields, to be greeted with a splendid view of Restormal Castle. We then walk down the hill towards the Castle, then down the lane towards Duchy cottages, at this point some members of the group returned to Lostwithiel, and others walked across the river bridge to Duchy Garden centre for refreshments. This walk will be remembereed for the glorious autumn colours and the views across Lostwithiel. Again several members of the group had not done this walk before and others were able to point out landmarks and tell us some of the local history.