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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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 it 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 […]

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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. Many have become unlikely havens for wildlife and recreation. Hidden History One of my favourite walks takes in such a landscape. Although you have to look […]

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Bart O’Farrell – Wizard on the Lizard: Full Unedited Interview

This is my recording of my interview with Bart O’Farrell, the wizard on the Lizard. This recording was never meant for anyone but me to listen to. I recorded for the piece I was writing about Bart. So apologies for my silly interjections. I know you would much rather be listening to Bart!!

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Cornish Poet Joseph Thomas and his Randigal Rhymes

In the back of Joseph Thomas’ book of poems entitled “Randigal Rhymes” you will find, along with a list of Cornish proverbs and charm for toothache, a glossary of Cornish words.  The first one that you should look up of course is randigal. And you will find that it means “a rigmarole, a nonsensical story”. […]

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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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Cornish China Clay – The Discovery of Our White Gold

China clay Tregonning hill

One of the most iconic and memorable sites in Cornwall is a man-made one.  What the locals call the Cornish Alps.  The huge, bright-white spoil heaps left by the China Clay industry dominate the centre of the county and can be seen for literally miles and miles highlighted against a blue sky. China Clay is […]

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