The Prehistoric beach of Porth Nanven

cot valley porth naven

Cot Valley is a magical place that feels a world away from the hustle of modern life. This beautiful valley even has its own micro-climate. As you walk down towards the V of blue sea enclosed by the valley walls, a stream winds it way beside the road, through sub-tropical plants and past ancient tin […]

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The Dry Tree Menhir – the Goonhilly Downs standing stone

dry tree stone goonhilly

In the past writers have described the Goonhilly Downs on the Lizard peninsula as a bleak, remote and wild. Said to be the haunt of notorious highway men, travellers often complained of disorientating drifts of fog. But the day I visited the downs were beautiful. The only drifts were of pink and white heather. There […]

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Terence Coventry’s clifftop Sculpture Park – a hidden treasure on the Lizard

Terence conventry sculpture park

Terence Coventry’s farm lies on an isolated clifftop not far from the picturesque village of Coverack. Terence lived here for more than 30 years and late in his life he converted three small meadows into a free sculpture park. This beautiful park, in its secluded and unexpected setting, has been surprising walkers ever since. In […]

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A Potted History of Hell’s Mouth, Cornwall

Can there be a more ominous name for a craggy Cornish cove than Hell’s Mouth? . . .Well, perhaps Deadman’s Cove, which just happens to be the next beach north along the coast. Indeed, it can be said that this is Cornwall at it’s most dramatic. The cliffs on this staggering stretch of coast, just […]

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Levant Mine and the Tin Coast – Rising Fortunes & Going Underground!

Levant mine

The old crumbling workings of Levant Mine, close to the village of Pendeen, are part of the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site and were once cared for by the Trevithick Society. Recently, the so called ‘Poldark effect’ has meant that visitor numbers here have risen a massive 40% and the present caretakers, the National Trust, […]

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Lansallos and Polperro – a Smuggler’s Paradise

We’ve all heard the stories. Strange goings-on, mysterious lights in the dead of night. Hidden passages and secret rooms. Smuggling is one of the things that Cornwall is most famous for – apart from the pasty and clotted cream, of course. The village of Polperro is a place steeped in smuggling history. Even today its […]

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Helman Tor – Cornwall’s ancient hillfort turned nature reserve!

This strange tumbled rock tor feels like an island as you approach it through the surrounding marshy ground. Looking up at the jutting outcrops of stone it appears like a castle, a fortress, rising above you into the blue sky. Helman, like the mighty Carn Brea or Trencrom further south, is an example of what […]

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Halliggye Fogou – One of Cornwall’s mysterious subterranean tunnels

Halliggye fogou cornwall

Mysterious and unique to Cornwall, fogous have had archaeologists scratching their heads for hundreds of years and they are no closer to solving the mystery. These underground passages are only found the far west of Cornwall, usually close to an ancient settlement. Their name, pronounced foo-goo, means cave in Cornish but they are also known […]

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I Dream – Girl Guiding in Cornwall – an exhibition at Trelissick by Ilene Sterns

I dream - Trelissick exhibition

Cornwall, like so many rural areas, thrives and survives because of its close-knit communities which provide fund raising, educating and much needed support in a county where poverty and isolation often lurks behind the sunsets and sandy beaches. Institutions like the Women’s Institute, the Lions Club, Rotary Club and the Girl Guides are long established […]

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Stephenson’s Rocket in Truro

Rocket in Truro

On the 20th July 1980 celebrations were being held in Truro for the introduction of British Rail’s new InterCity 125 to Cornwall. The Mayor of Truro, John Farndon, and other local dignitaries were gathered at Truro Railway Station for the arrival of this high-speed, streamlined engine but for many it was another engine that rather […]

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