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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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 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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Things to do in Falmouth

Things to do in Falmouth

Falmouth is fast becoming one of the most exciting and diverse of Cornwall’s towns. From its high street full in independent shops, bars and cafes, to its fantastic beaches, its thriving University and historical working dockyards, this is a town alive with Cornish culture and a flourishing artistic spirit. It is the perfect destination for […]

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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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Chapel Carn Brea – Cornwall’s First and Last Hill

Chapel Carn Brea is said to be the first and last hill in Britain. Just a little south of St Just in Penwith overlooking the dramatic rocky peninsula of Lands End and stunning Sennen coastline, this hill is a focal point in this part of Cornwall, and has been for thousands of years.

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