There are two walks scheduled each month: Main Walks (Normally 4-6 miles) are on the second Tuesday of every month. Short Walks (Normally 3-4 miles) are on the last Tuesday of every month. Members are contacted by e-mail, normally 7-10 days prior to the planned walk, giving details of the walk, meeting times, difficulty of walk, whether picnic is required, possibility of tea and cake stop etc. Based on the requested returns from the group lifts are arranged to minimise the number of cars required. We normally meet at the Community Centre but individuals can travel independently if desired to the pre-arranged starting point. This information is also updated onto the walking group page of the website.
There is currently a waiting list to join this group as the numbers have now exceeded manageable levels for many of the walks.
Group contact: Chris & Janet Dimond
Telephone: 01208 871784
NOTICE OF WALK ON 28TH JANUARY
TRURO AND THE OLD NEWHAM RAILWAY
A) 4.4 MILE CIRCULAR EASY WALK USING MAINLY PAVEMENTS,PARKS AND RIVER PATHS.NO STILES OR COAST PATHS OR GREAT HILLS BUT SOME MUDDY WET PARTS.
B) WE WILL BE TRAVELLING BY TRAIN TO TRURO WHICH LEAVES LOSTWITHIEL AT 9.31AM
NOTE IF YOU ARE JOINING FROM THE UPLINE SIDE OF TOWN YOU WILL NEED TO BE THERE AT LEAST 8 MINUTES BEFORE TO ENABLE YOU TO CROSS THE LINE.
YOU CAN OF COURSE CATCH THE TRAIN FROM BODMIN,PAR OR ST AUSTELL IF YOU WISH OR MEET US IN TRURO.
C) ONCE WE HAVE FINISHED THE WALK, WHICH TAKES JUST OVER 2 HOURS, YOU CAN CATCH ANY RETURN TRAIN FROM 13.29,13.54,14.29,15.28,15.54,16.29 ETC OR HAVE LUNCH, SHOPPING, PICNIC IN PARK,LIBRARY,OR ANY OTHER ACTIVITY.
NOTE IF YOU HAVE NOT GOT A RAIL CARD IT IS POSSIBLE WITH GROUPS FROM 3-8 TO GET THE SAME DISCOUNT BUT YOU MUST TRAVEL BACK TOGETHER ON THE SAME TRAIN.
IT WOULD BE HELPFUL IF YOU COULD LET ME KNOW BY MONDAY 27TH JANUARY IF YOU ARE COMING AND WHERE YOU ARE CATCHING THE TRAIN FROM SO WE CAN LOOK OUT FOR YOU.
NOTICE OF WALK ON THE 14TH JANUARY
ST AGNES AND THE JERICHO VALLEY
A HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL OUR WALKERS AND WE HOPE THAT YOU CONTINUE TO
ENJOY THE WALKS WE HAVE PLANNED THIS YEAR-HOPEFULLY IN THE DRY!
1. 5 MILE MODERATELY DIFFICULT CIRCULAR WALK USING COAST PATH, MINOR ROADS AND FIELDS.
2. SIX LARGE GRANITE STILES, THREE LONGISH STEEP HILLS AND SOME MUDDY FIELD PATHS TO BE ENCOUNTERED ON ROUTE.
3. ADVISABLE TO BRING PICNIC FOR LUNCH TIME ALTHOUGH WE MAY BE ABLE TO GET DRINK ON ROUTE OR BEFORE.
4. WE WILL MEET AT COMMUNITY CENTRE AT 9.55AM FOR 10.00AM START TO CAR PARK AT TREVAUNANCE COVE JUST NORTH OF ST. AGNES.
5. PLEASE LET US KNOW BY FRIDAY 9TH JANUARY IF YOU WISH TO COME ON THE WALK AND IF YOU ARE WILLING TO OFFER LIFTS.
POSTPONED DUE TO GALE FORCE WINDS AND RAIN-WILL TRY LATER IN THE YEAR
REPORT ON WALK OF 10TH DECEMBER
I had promised a circular walk and this is exactly what the 28 walkers who met up at the Polgooth Inn got: a circular walk from the car park to the pub and back! You have guessed it: we had to cancel the walk due to the wind and rain but nothing was going to deter us from having an enjoyable end of walking year get-together and a meal. We had pre-ordered our food from a very tempting and extensive menu and the food was served very promptly after 1.30pm. The food was delicious and the company excellent so a good time was had by all.
Chris, Janet and I thank you for our Christmas gifts and we wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
The first walk of 2020 will be on Tuesday 14th January, an opportunity to walk off the excesses of the festive season!
NOTICE OF WALK OF 10TH DECEMBER
IT IS MY PLEASURE TO ORGANISE THE LAST WALK OF THE YEAR. HERE ARE THE DETAILS:
- MODERATE 5-MILE CIRCULAR WALK WHICH STARTS AND FINISHES AT THE POLGOOTH INN, POLGOOTH
- NO STILES BUT A FEW UPHILL STRETCHES, THE LAST ONE BEING A SUSTAINED MODERATE CLIMB INTO LITTLE POLGOOTH
- MIXED TERRAIN: LOTS OF GREEN LANES, THE PENTEWAN VALLEY TRAIL AND SOME MINOR ROADS
- WE WILL LEAVE THE LCC CAR PARK AT 9.30AM
- THE PUB WILL BE OPEN AND WE CAN USE THEIR TOILETS
- I HAVE BOOKED A TABLE FOR US AND WHEN WE ARRIVE, IF YOU INTEND TO HAVE LUNCH IN THE PUB, PLEASE GO TO THE PUB AS THEY NEED US TO PRE-ORDER. I HAVE ORDERED OUR LUNCH FOR 1.00PM
I WOULD BE GRATEFUL IF YOU COULD LET ME KNOW BY SATURDAY 7TH DECEMBER WHETHER YOU:
- WOULD LIKE TO DO THIS WALK
- ARE WILLING TO DRIVE AND OFFER LIFTS
- WILL HAVE LUNCH (PEOPLE NOT HAVING LUNCH WILL NEED TO TRAVEL TOGETHER)
I LOOK FORWARD TO YOUR COMPANY
REPORT OF WALK ON THE 26TH NOVEMBER
PLAN B-A WALK THROUGH CARDINHAM WOODS
As we again faced a weather warning for heavy rain and strong winds we decided to postpone our north coast walk where we would be exposed to the worst of the wind blowing us off the cliff to the safer venue of Cardinham Woods and the cafe as a last resort if the weather did turn bad.
We welcomed two new walkers Dorothy and Alan to join the other 15 who all agreed that the change of venue was necessary as we tried to remember which path to take for our 4 mile walk. It did involve one long drag uphill but was rewarded with some great views in the dry and also a stop to sing "Happy Birthday" to two of our members and to eat some cake provided for the occasion. We also had some more cake at lunchtime to celebrate the other birthday-what a lucky bunch!
A photograph was taken at the top of the hill so that we could catch our breath.
With only a slight bit of drizzle we arrived back at Wood's cafe ready to sit outside and have some lunch-an act we did not think possible when we set out in the morning but all glad that we had adopted Plan B.
NOTICE OF WALK ON THE 26TH NOVEMBER
FROM WATERGATE BAY SOUTH TO NEWQUAY
1) 4 MILE EASY/MODERATE WALK ALONG SOUTH WEST COAST PATH-NO STILES
2) WE WILL BE BE CATCHING NO 56 BUS FROM GREAT WESTERN, CLIFF ROAD TO WATERGATE AND WE HAVE TO BE AT BUS STOP BY 10.30AM-BRING YOUR BUS PASSES.
3) WE WILL BE PARKING AT ALBANY ROAD CAR PARK TR72NQ AND WALKING TO BUS STOP-CAR PARK IS FREE AT THIS TIME OF YEAR.
4) WE WILL BE ABLE TO EAT PICNIC OR EAT IN NEWQUAY AT THE END OF THE WALK AND LEAVE NEWQUAY AT 3.00PM UNLESS YOU MAKE YOUR OWN ARRANGEMENTS.
WE WILL MEET AT COMMUNITY CENTRE AT 9.10AM AND LEAVE AT 9.15AM IN ORDER TO CATCH THE BUS.
PLEASE LET US KNOW BY FRIDAY 22ND IF YOU WANT TO COME AND IF YOU ARE PREPARED TO OFFER LIFT.
CHRIS AND JANET
REPORT OF THE WALK ON THE 12TH NOVEMBER
COASTAL WALK AROUND BEDRUTHAN
On a very windy yet thankfully dry day a joint record 28 walkers set off from Park Head National Trust car park to walk the 4.5 miles on the South West coast path and some field paths around the Park Head headland to our north west and then down the coast path to Carnewas Point and our lunch stop and then back taking the short cut back to the cars.
Starting along a tarmac road we access farm land and a steady decent towards the sea over wet land boarded to make walking a lot easier and past an old boat which had been used to show carvings of local animals both on the boat and on wooden pieces around.At the beach we then headed on the coast path to the rugged 300 feet cliffs with the many rock islands sticking up from the wet sandy beaches. These have such names as Queen Bess Rock, Samaritan Island and Diggory's Island.The photograph taken shows all of us battling the wind with the seascape in the background.
With everyone taking care with where we put our feet and still battling the now probably force 5/6 wind we proceeded south towards Bedruthan Beach and the cafe at Carnewas. These National Trust buildings were once old mine buildings as tin, copper,and lead may have been extracted from tunnels known as adits at the base of the cliffs. Access to the beach is down a secure staircase but we decided not to go too far down on this occasion. We had phoned the cafe earlier to warn them that our group would be with them for lunch and were welcomed with a warm building and tables reserved and a full menu. I think I can speak for all as the meals were all excellent and great value, the service and staff were exemplary and I'm sure all will return. When we left the specials board was now down to one choice!
Putting on all our gear again and with the sky still bright we headed back the way we had come until we could take a signposted path through some boggy areas and back to the cars. A big thank you to the drivers who make sure we all get back safely.
NOTICE OF WALK ON THE 12TH NOVEMBER
COASTAL LANDSCAPE AT BEDRUTHAN
All rights reserved by Lindsay Southgate
WE WILL TRY AGAIN TO DO THIS WALK WHICH HAD TO BE POSTPONED IN SEPTEMBER
1) 4.5 MILE SPECTACULAR COASTAL WALK WITH ONLY MINOR GRADIENTS
2) START FROM NATIONAL TRUST CAR PARK AT PARKHEAD-BRING MEMBERSHIP CARD IF YOU HAVE ONE
3) LUNCH AVAILABLE AT EXCELLENT CAFE AT CARNEWAS. PLEASE LET US KNOW IF YOU WISH TO PURCHASE YOUR LUNCH HERE AS WE HAVE TO LET CAFE KNOW NUMBERS. PICNIC CAN BE TAKEN AS AN ALTERNATIVE.
4) WE WILL MEET AT COMMUNITY CENTRE AT 9.45AM FOR A 09.50AM START.
PLEASE LET US KNOW BY FRIDAY 8TH LATEST
-IF YOU WANT TO GO ON THE WALK
-IF YOU CAN OFFER TRANSPORT AND
-IF YOU WANT TO USE THE CAFE FOR LUNCH SEE AT CARNEWAS-TEA-ROOMS.CO.UK
CHRIS AND JANET
REPORT OF WALK ON THE 29TH OCTOBER
DEER WALL WALK AT LANHYDROCK
On yet another day when the weather forecast was awful 25 walkers, including two new members, decided to brave the elements for the 4.3 mile walk along a well signed route around the National Trust estate. The walk is so called because it passes an historic deer wall used to surround the old estate built to discourage deer from leaving the park.
Starting at the main car park we initially follow the cycle path trail to cross the Respryn Road and head down towards the path which goes to Bodmin Parkway train station in drizzle but on wide firm paths. Joining Station Drive flanked by tall conifers including giant redwoods we walk towards Respryn Bridge and cross the river to now walk along side the river to again cross at the footbridge and to then head up through one of the many red gates and with great views across the valley. A photograph was taken here which does not include the three walkers who had taken the easier/quicker route back to the house.
There are some 77 red gates across the estate and according to the walks leaflet they cost around £13,000 per year to replace and maintain. Up the path again and past the nursery we head towards the house and then up the main entrance back to the car park with rain falling a bit heavier and in time for a well earned stop and something to eat and drink in the now busy café.
We are hoping that for our next walk on 12th November the weather will be kind.
REPORT ON WALK OF 8TH OCTOBER 2019
A 5.5 MILES CIRCULAR WALK
FROM TRELISSICK GARDENS TO ROUNDWOOD QUAY
By the time we reached Roundwood Quay, the weather had brightened up and we had just enough time to eat our lunch before the next downpour. The quays at Roundwood were probably built by Thomas Daniell around 1760 and their principal purpose was to service the tin and copper mines of Kea and Gwennap with coal and exported ore. The quay area was also home to a copper smelting operation for a period in the 1770s. From Roundwood Quay, you have a good view of Tolverne and Smugglers’ Cottage – it used to be a hostelry but is now a private residence.
For the second half of the walk which took place in lovely sunshine, we walked through the Roundwood Quay National Trust car park, up a lane past cottages and through fields from which we saw in the valley below the hamlets of Coombe and Cowlands with their many fruit orchards. This is the home of the famous Kea plum. The area was a hive of activity in the 19th and 20th century when, during harvest time in August and September, it was a magnet for pickers which even came by steamer boat from Truro and other Fal ports to take a share of the bounty.
UPDATE 25th SEPTEMBER 2019
Message from Chris,
Walk planned for 24th September postponed because of bad weather.
We will try again in October or November.