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 rocky tor feels like an island as you approach it through the surrounding marshy ground. Looking up at the jutting outcrops of stones 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 has […]

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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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Things to do in Boscastle

This small village on the North Coast of Cornwall was once one of the county’s best kept secrets but these days it is well and truly on the tourist trail and for good reason! Not only is Boscastle a picture-perfect example of a hidden Cornish harbour but it also offers the visitor a rather lovely […]

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The Longest Grave in the UK – Veryan, Cornwall

longest grave in UK Veryan

I am always on the look out for the unusual, the odd and the downright peculiar, whether it is a house with a 3000 years lease, a lost golden cup, or a sighting of mermaids I just love to find the story behind it all!   So when I heard that there was a grave […]

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Captain John Parsons & the Prisoner of War Pass – a hidden story in Falmouth’s National Maritime Museum.

My house is full of past lives. My family have lived on the farm where I grew up for just over 100 years, consequently as a child I was surrounded by other people’s possessions; their books, furniture and knick-knacks. One generation after another has added to the chattels of the house. The mirror that I […]

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The Ferry Boat to Dennis Head & St Anthony

The Helford River and it’s surrounds is one of the most beautiful regions of the county but remains one of the least visited. These slow moving waterways, sunken lanes and quiet creekside villages are hard to reach by car. For me by far the best way is to cross the river by passenger ferry from […]

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