The Dry Tree Menhir – the Goonhilly Downs standing stone

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

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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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Halliggye Fogou – One of Cornwall’s mysterious subterranean tunnels

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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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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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The Ferry Boat to Helford Village & Frenchman’s Creek

I have lived close to Falmouth all my life but up until a few days ago I had never taken the ferry across the Helford River. The aptly named Ferry Boat Inn was buzzing with people enjoying a drink in the late afternoon sun, and on the small beach children played in the shallows, while […]

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Scott’s Quay, Constantine – a hidden history

If there is one thing that Cornwall does well, it is hide it’s industrial past. The desolate mining landscapes of 200 years ago have been largely reclaimed by nature and many have become unlikely havens for wildlife and recreation.

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The Wizard on the Lizard

An interview with Bartholomew Patrick O’Farrell Driving down towards St Keverne on Cornwall’s isolated Lizard peninsula feels like drifting back in time.  With the Autumnal fog rolling in from the sea and covering the Goonhilly Downs the whole scene can suddenly become rather otherworldly. Quite an appropriate place to meet a wizard. Bartholomew Patrick O’Farrell, […]

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