The Giant’s Crossing – Statue of Saint Piran, a journey to Brittany

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This spring make some time to say farewell to Saint Piran. He is preparing to make another miraculous journey. His passage from Ireland to Cornwall floating on a granite millwheel was a few hundreds years ago and when he drifted ashore on the wild Cornish coast he brought with him christianity and the secret of […]

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Top 10 Dog Friendly Cafes in Cornwall

A day out just isn’t a day out without our four legged pals. So for those of you with one or two doggie friends looking for somewhere for a snack between runs on the beach or walks in the woods here are my top picks for cafes that love them too. Wild Café, Bedruthen Hotel […]

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Walking on Bodmin Moor – some of my personal highlights!

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I read recently that Bodmin Moor is less popular with visitors than Dartmoor because it has so few marked footpaths. There are numerous ‘routes’ across the moor but they are far less worn by foot traffic and in most cases not marked at all. But this is one of the reasons I and many others […]

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Cornwall’s Oldest Tree

Cornwall's oldest tree

The Darley Oak is thought to be 1000 years old. Lets put that into perspective, when this ancient tree was just an acorn the Normans hadn’t invaded yet and the Domesday Book hadn’t been written. Paper money wasn’t invented and the Vikings were still attacking our coast. There was probably a man known as Ethelred […]

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Gribbin Head Daymark – Open for a Bird’s Eye View!

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Every Sunday this summer you can enjoy what has to be one of the most outstanding views on the Cornish coast. The Gribbin Head Daymark is very striking. Its outline can be seen for literally miles, both inland and of course out to sea. That is after all the whole point.

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Take a Trip to Looe Island

Looe island

It seems to me that there is nothing quite as romantic as living on your own private island. Looe Island lies just one mile off the Cornish coast but feels a world away from the hustle and bustle of the busy summer seaside towns nearby.  It is home to a breath-taking range of wildlife and […]

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Tornado in Bodmin

There is nothing quite like a steam train! And there is no steam train quite like the Tornado! So when I had the chance to climb abroad I didn’t need to be asked twice. The Tornado is the first steam train to be built in the UK since the 1960s, it was completed in 2009 […]

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Cornish Blues

Of course the traditional colours of Cornwall are black and gold (or black and white like the St Pirans flag) but there is another colour that I know resonates through our landscape. Blue. As I was falling to sleep last night I was thinking back over my day. It had been a glorious May day, more like the height of […]

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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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Cornish Saffron

For most people Saffron is a captivating and expensive spice which conjures up images of mysterious distant lands but for hundreds of years to the Cornish it has been a more homely than exotic ingredient.   It is a story of much conjecture and hot debate as to when saffron first arrived in Cornwall.  There are […]

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