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Walking GroupThere 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.

Contact the Group Leader

Group contact: Chris & Janet Dimond

Telephone: 01208 871784

NOTICE OF WALK OF TUESDAY 25TH FEBRUARY 2020

A 3-MILE LOOE TOWN CIRCULAR WALK

I RECENTLY DID A RECCE OF THIS WALK WHICH I FOUND IN MARK CAMP’S BOOK “RAMBLES FROM THE RAILWAY” WHICH CONTAINS 9 SELF-GUIDED WALKS FROM STATIONS ALONG THE SCENIC LOOE VALLEY LINE. THIS WALK WILL TAKE IN SOME OF THE LESSER KNOWN CORNERS OF LOOE AND WILL GIVE US GREAT VIEWS OF THE RIVER, THE BEACH AND THE HARBOUR.  ALTHOUGH IN THE BOOK THE WALK STARTS FROM LOOE STATION, WE WILL START THE WALK FROM HANNAFORE WHERE WE CAN PARK FOR FREE.

HERE ARE THE DETAILS:

  • A WALK WITHOUT ANY MUD NOR STILES!
  • A COUPLE OF SHORT SHARP CLIMBS – TO GET THE LOVELY VIEWS
  • MEET IN THE LCC CAR PARK READY TO LEAVE BY 10.00AM
  • HEAD FOR THE FREE PARKING ALONG THE ROAD AT HANNAFORE, WEST LOOE
  • MEET OUTSIDE SAWYERS B&B AT 10.30AM
  • THE WALK SHOULD NOT LAST MORE THAN 2 HOURS
  • I WILL POINT OUT THE PLACES OF INTEREST THAT MARK REFERS TO, SO BE PREPARED FOR SOME CULTURAL STOPS!
  • ONCE IN LOOE TOWN BEFORE WE WALK BACK TO OUR CARS, WE WILL HAVE A CHOICE OF PLACES WHERE TO HAVE LUNCH.
  • I WOULD BE GRATEFUL IF YOU COULD LET ME KNOW BY SATURDAY 22ND FEBRUARY WHETHER:
    • YOU WILL JOIN ME ON THIS WALK
    • YOU CAN OFFER LIFTS
    • YOU INTEND TO HAVE SOME LUNCH IN LOOE.

I LOOK FORWARD TO YOUR COMPANY

ANNIE

 

REPORT OF WALK ON THE 11th FEBRUARY
THROUGH THE WOODS TO CARDINHAM CHURCH

 

After many hours of soul searching and looking at all weather forecasts we decided to give the walk a go with plans B, C and D in place and the knowledge that we could spend all morning in the café pondering the decision.
With 31 members signing up for the walk, by the time we left Lostwithiel 5 had decided the weather forecast was too bad and when we started the walk we had, or thought we had, 27 (also including one guest) but somehow we managed to leave without 6 who were still putting coins in the car parking machine-apologies to those six who managed a walk of their own.
The majority started above the café to walk on the broad path alongside Cardinham Water to the Lady Vale Bridge and then turned left and through Deviock Wood and Lidcutt Wood, the latter part being old native woodland, to a track and then the road into Cardinham village. Turning right over a stile we head towards a new build with solar panels and the Church of St Meubred. The church boasts two splendid Cornish crosses one of which is over 8ft tall. A photograph was taken here to replicate the one taken in 2015-see if you can spot the people who are in both!

 

 

 

Returning to the road and past the cemetery we follow a footpath sign through a muddy gateway and towards a small bridge-repaired since the last time-across a small stream and onto a minor road again before taking a footpath past The Goat House and Milltown Farm and back into Cardinham Woods following Cardinham Water back to the car park and to Woods Café. We were pleased to find 4 of our lost walkers in the café as we both asked “what happened to you and we could not contact you or receive your message as we had no signal in the woods”.
During lunch and in the tent we had our first major rain/hail shower of the day although it did rain on and off throughout the rest of the day-so we did well to miss the worst of the weather.

 

 

NOTICE OF WALK ON THE 11th FEBRUARY
THROUGH THE WOODS TO CARDINHAM CHURCH

 

THIS IS A REPEAT OF A WALK DONE IN FEBRUARY 2015 WHEN ONLY 6 OF OUR NOW REGULARS TOOK PART ALONG WITH 2 WHO ARE UNFORTUNATELY NO LONGER WITH US.

A) 5 MILE CIRCULAR ROUTE TAKING IN WOODLAND TRACKS, FIELD SECTION AND MINOR ROAD

B)SOME INCLINES INVOLVED BUT NOTHING TOO STEEP-NO ROPES REQUIRED BUT MUDDY IN PLACES

C) PAY AND DISPLAY CAR PARK IN CARDINHAM WOODS-OUR START

D)FACILITIES AT START AND FINISH ONLY

E)WE INTEND TO STOP AT CHURCH FOR SHORT BREAK/DRINK/NIBBLES AND THEN HAVE LATE LUNCH EITHER ON PICNIC BENCH OR MAKE USE OF EXCELLENT WOODS CAFE.

IF YOU COULD LET US KNOW BY FRIDAY 7TH IF YOU ARE COMING AND ARE ABLE TO OFFER LIFTS

WE WILL MEET AT COMMUNITY CENTRE CAR PARK AT 10.10AM FOR 10.15AM START OR START WALK AT 10.40AM IF GOING DIRECT TO START.

 

 

 

REPORT OF WALK ON THE 28th JANUARY

 TRURO AND THE OLD NEWHAM RAILWAY 

 

Despite the forecast of another day with heavy hail showers and gusty winds 20 of us decided to brave the elements and do the 4.5 mile circular walk which takes in part of historic Truro and the surrounding river and woodland. Catching the near empty 9.31am train from Lostwithiel with two getting on in Par we set off to Truro with the sun just peeping through the clouds. Gathering just outside the station to be given instructions about the walk and advise on times of return trains we set off down Station Road to where we pick up the real start of the walk at George Street and immediately turn left and the right into John Street and the main road. Turning left we reach a gate by Rose Court and go through a small park with the viaduct to our left. This was originally built by Brunel in 1859 and five of his central five piers still exist today. Throughout the walk I tried to interest the group with some historic information but as was mentioned without the gravitas of Annie-more training needed!
Passing along the fringes of Victoria Gardens we made our way, avoiding where possible the shops, to the Old Cathedral School where we had our group photograph with rain just falling.

 Lostwithiel U3A Walking Group at Old Cathedral School Truro

 

Following a slightly different route than suggested we go underneath the road to the large car park at Garras Wharf and the start of the outward part of the walk alongside the river and passing many flats some converted from old industrial building used when the docks were thriving. It was hard to believe when walking with the tide out that only in Victorian times vessels of up to 200 tonnes used these docks to import and export a range of goods. Following the National Cycle Route 3 signs-a route that is some 338 miles long and goes from Bristol to Lands End-we turn away from the river bank to go a short distance up Gas Hill and through a small car park to follow the old track of the Newham branch of the West Cornwall Railway which was opened in 1855 to connect to the docks. Despite being a bit wet and muddy in places the walking was relatively easy and most walkers wondered where we would end up. After about 2 miles we passed over the main Truro to Falmouth road and then passed Fox Corner one of the smallest Nature Reserves at 1 acre. Expectations of any sighting of large animals was immediately disappointed.  With the hail now coming down hard and it getting a bit colder we came up from the old trackway past the Register Office and at the main road the County Hall, which includes a Barbara Hepworth sculpture in the courtyard.
At this point with the planned route down Chapel Hill and turning left into George Street and back to the start we all split in different directions; some to the nearby supermarket, some to the train station and others into town for shopping and lunch.
Even though we were slightly damp the leaders were pleased that we had not postponed the walk as there was little chance of any danger, except for the traffic, and we did not want to have to postpone three in a row.
                                           

 

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.

Walking Group Xmas Lunch 2019

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!

Annie

 

NOTICE OF WALK OF 10TH DECEMBER

POLGOOTH-NANSLADDRON-POLGOOTH

 

 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

ANNIE

 

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.

 

 Walking Group Cardinham Woods

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.

REGARDS,

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. 

 Walking Group on SW Coast path

 

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
 
 



                                                                   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

REGARDS,

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

 
Fifteen members of the group armed with their NT membership cards met up in the Trelissick gardens car park.  Sharp showers had been forecast but this did not deter us from starting the walk full of optimism.  The setting for this walk reflects the themes echoed throughout the Parish of Feock:  the house and the gardens were built largely with the proceeds of mining from its heyday.  The gardens were also a product of the age of discovery when the Cornish plant hunters scoured the world for riches, as did their mining cousins.  All this is set within a maritime backdrop marrying industrial heritage with modern leisure activities. 
 
We walked across the cattle grid by the information centre and out into the pasture field to follow one of the routes down towards the estuary that we could see in the distance along with Pendennis Castle.    We followed a path above the beach which borders the estuary – a huge amount of seaweed had been blown into the path due to the strong winds and high tides of the previous two weeks.  The path took us to the road that you drive down to take the King Harry Ferry to travel to the Roseland Peninsula.   The King Harry Ferry was originally powered by oars; however, its importance warranted a better system and in 1889 steam was introduced.  It is now a chain ferry and we could clearly hear the clink clonk of the chain as the ferry was crossing the estuary.
 
We followed the well-maintained woodland track which borders the estuary and at one stage, we could see Roundwood Quay which was our destination for our picnic lunch.  However, our walk leader pointed out that it would be a while before we reached the quay as we had to walk to the end of Lamouth Creek, walk across a footbridge and then walk back towards the estuary.  Once we had crossed the footbridge, the heavens opened but fortunately we were under the cover of the trees and we did not get too wet. 
 
 
One of our members had bought a new waterproof jacket and was even glad of the showers to put the new garment to the test! As we could see blue sky in the distance, once the worse of the showers had passed, we decided to preserve and continue walking.
 

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.
 
 
 
 
 
We then crossed the main Roundwood track and re-joined the Trelissick fields.  We walked though newly planted orchards and gathered around an information board to take a photo in the sunshine but somehow managed to take a photo in Black and White! 
 
 
 
 
 
We were back on the woodland footpath and made our way back to the footbridge. We then turned left and climbed up the hill back to Trelissick.   Not far from the main road, there is a strategically placed bench from which you have good views of the Tregothnan Estate and even the corner of Roundwood Quay.  Back in the Trelissick Gardens we made our way to the cafe for some refreshments.

 

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.