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
WALKING GROUP QUIZ RESULTS
PRESENTATION EVENING 25th MAY 2020
AFTER SEVERAL GOOD ENTRIES TO THE QUIZ WE HAD THE PLEASURE OF PRESENTING THE WINNERS (VIRTUALLY) AT THE GRAND EVENT TODAY
YOUR REAL PRIZES WILL BE PRESENTED ON OUR FIRST WALK AFTER LOCKDOWN. WE LOOK FORWARD TO AN EVEN BETTER ENTRY IN JULY
CHRIS AND JANET
PS WE SAW ERICA IN TOWN YESTERDAY AND SHE ASKED IF WE WOULD SEND HER BEST WISHES TO ALL HER FELLOW WALKERS AND SHE HOPES TO BE ABLE TO JOIN AGAIN WHEN WE ARE OUT AND ABOUT.
WALKING GROUP QUIZ
1) Long distance paths-name these paths
a) From Irish Sea to North Sea
b) Along the border between Wales and England
c) From Ben Nevis across the Scottish Highlands
d) From Derbyshire to Scottish Border
2)Length of Hadrian’s Wall Trail
3)Longest National Trail in UK
4)What symbol indicates that a UK footpath is part of the National Trail
5)Where is John Betjeman buried (we walked there in March 2018)
6)Who ate a slice of cake made up from pancakes piled high in Charlestown after our walk in February 2017
7)What town has the hottest recorded temperatures in Cornwall (we have walked from there many times)
8)What does “Heligan” mean (we have walked through as part of our Pentewan, Mevagissey circular route)
9)Who sang the 1985 song “Walking on Sunshine”
10) Which brain benefit does walking NOT provide
a) higher IQ, b) improved memory c) better problem solving
11) Which increases your calorie burn the most
a) walking uphill b) wearing back pack c) carrying hand weights
12) Who had the largest piece of cake after our walk from Camelford in April 2015
13) What is the name of the boat built in 1899 in Plymouth now retired for conservation at Cotehele Quay (a walk done in December 2015)
14) Which French town is twinned with Cawsand (many walks since 2014)
15) We have walked long the Camel River many times-the name Cam-El is from the Cornish meaning_______?
16)Who first led the U3A walking group in September 2013
17) Who unfortunately fell into the mud during a walk from Wadebridge in January 2015
18) Who wrote the novel “The Salt Path-A Memoir”
19) With a 4 figure grid reference such as SX 10 60 what are the two pairs of numbers called
20) Which musical does the song “The Lambeth Walk” come from
You might have to look at the U3A Archive Web Site to remind you of some of the walks.
You could also let us know if there are any you would you like to do again, and
any you missed that you would like to do.
You can mark the quiz yourself or send in your answers-a prize again waits for the winner.
OUR LOCAL WALK-WHERE WAS IT?
Following our question last week we have had a limited response but the route is as laid out below:-
From the Earl of Chatham on Grenville Road we walked up to the A390 and continued on the footpath, which is on the left hand side, to the Downend Garage and at that point turned right and then bear left to go up the longish hill past the Hartswell B & B signs to the T junction. At this junction with the footpath to St. Nectans Chapel straight ahead we turned left and after about 100yds at Grid Reference SX126 600 and looking due west I took the photograph. On a clear day -or with a decent photographer-you can pick out the front elevation of the houses on Knights Court at the top of Bodmin Hill. If I had turned another 20 degrees to the south you would have seen most of Lostwithiel town in the valley-a bit too easy. We then continued turning left at the next junction and past Higher Hartswell Farm and with the Boconnoc Estate on your right and the mass of now flowering rhododendron, to meet the A390 again. Nearly immediately opposite but just to the left you will see another minor road, with grass in the centre, walk up there and then turn left which takes you to Higher Polscoe. Turn right past the newly planted orchards to reach Cott Road and turn right again towards the Duchy Nursery and then down through the woods past Restormel Manor and Lostwithiel Bowls Club to the A390 again and home. There are many variations to either shorten or lengthen the walk.
Thanks to all who took part.
STAYING LOCAL-A REAL WALK AT ANY TIME
YOU SHOULD ALL HAVE RECEIVED AN E-MAIL FROM US WITH A QUESTION ASKING "WHERE ARE WE TAKING THE PHOTOGRAPH FROM?"
PLEASE STUDY THE PHOTOGRAPH BELOW AND SEND YOUR REPLY WITH A GOOD DESCRIPTION OR BETTER THE GRID REFERENCE. THE WINNERS WILL RECEIVE A PIECE OF CAKE OR SCONE ON OUR NEXT WALK TOGETHER.
VIRTUAL WALK ON THE 29TH APRIL
TO THE NORTH OF BUDE.
Yes I can hear you say the 29th is a Wednesday and I am aware of that but we are so busy next week with all the cleaning,DIY and gardening we don’t have a spare minute.
The 5 mile figure of eight walk is taken from the 50 Walks in Cornwall AA book-so no pubs on this walk- called “A Wild Flower Fiesta at Bude”. We did the recce in September last year when we were staying at the An Mor Hotel as part of a special birthday treat. The hotel was great with really helpful staff and exceptionally well decorated room with a view of the sea and the bowling green and its own gin distillery.
The walk starts to the north of Bude at Crooklets Beach car park and follows the coast path signposted to Maer Cliff and then to a small cove at Northcott Beach. Just beyond is a fantastic café in a large static caravan with plenty of homemade cakes and a lovely little garden with a stream and bridges. Although we didn’t eat anything after our cooked breakfast at the hotel we spent awhile having a drink and talking to the delightful lady who ran the café as we were the only customers but we told her that we would be back after Easter with plenty of others and this time we would have some cake. At this point you should go inland but unfortunately we got a bit lost-not for the first time I hear you shout--and ended up on the coast path again until we reached Sandy Mouth and a NT café which they hoped would be open all year round. Heading now inland we found the path which we had missed on the outward journey to then head south and back to Northcott Mouth Beach and then inland again to pass the Maer Lake Nature Reserve and back to the car park.
A lovely walk which I hope you will enjoy and the weather forecast is good so its shorts, sandals and sun cream-No Rob not ice cream.
No questions for this walk but to get some culture it is well worth visiting the Bude Museum which has many interesting exhibits and a café.
We look forward to any comments and points of interest you spotted on the way.
Keep well and safe until our next walk.
Chris and Janet
NOTICE OF VIRTUAL WALK
OF 14TH APRIL 2020
GRAMPOUND TO TRENOWTH
IT GIVES ME GREAT PLEASURE TO INVITE YOU TO OUR SECOND VIRTUAL WALK OF THE YEAR - THIS WILL WHET YOUR APPETITE FOR WHEN THE GOOD TIMES COME BACK. I DID A RECCE OF THIS WALK BEFORE LOCKDOWN AND FOUND IT TO BE VERY ENJOYABLE. I WALK ALMOST EVERYDAY NOW, BUT I AM A GOOD GIRL AND ALL WALKS START FROM AND FINISH AT THE HOUSE.
TO KEEP BODY AND SOUL OCCUPIED, ESPECIALLY FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO TELL ME THAT THEY ARE MISSING THEIR FIX OF CULTURAL INFORMATION (!!!), I THOUGHT THAT I WOULD GIVE A LITTLE TWIST TO THIS NOTICE BY ADDING A QUIZ AT THE END. ALL 10 ANSWERS ARE IN THE DESCRIPTION OF THE WALK ON THE IWALK CORNWALL WEBSITE FOR THOSE WHO ARE INTERESTED OR ARE DESPERATELY BORED!
HERE ARE THE DETAILS:
- A MODERATE 4.8 MILES CIRCULAR WALK TAKEN FROM IWALK CORNWALL
- THE WALK STARTS WHEN YOU JOIN THE FOOTPATH ON THE LEFT PAST THE DOLPHIN INN
- SEVERAL LONG UPHILL SECTIONS INCLUDING AT THE START OF THE WALK
- NO STILES
- PUBLIC TOILETS IN THE CAR PARK IN GRAMPOUND
REFRESHMENTS AVAILABLE AT THE END OF THE WALK EITHER IN THE DOLPHIN INN OR IN THE COMMUNITY CAFÉ
- CAR PARKING: £1.00 TO BE PAID IN THE COMMUNITY SHOP
- WHAT IS THE NAME OF THE CHAPEL NEXT TO THE HERITAGE CENTRE IN GRAMPOUND?
- WHAT WAS ITS PURPOSE?
- THE PUBLIC FOOTPATH TAKES YOU THROUGH THE PRIVATE PROPERTY KNOWN AS GARLENICK – WHEN WAS THE SETTLEMENT FIRST RECORDED?
- THE WALK TAKES YOU TO A BRIDGE OVER THE RIVER FAL.
- WHERE DOES THE RIVER FAL BEGIN?
HOW LONG IS IT?
- WE WALK PAST TRENOWTH MILL – WHAT WAS IT BUILT FOR IN THE EARLY TO MID-19TH CENTURY?
- WHAT IS THE NAME OF THE NEXT SETTLEMENT THAT WE WALK THOUGH AFTER TRENOWTH?
- WHAT WAS GRAMPOUND KNOWN AS IN NORMAN TIMES? WHY?
- GRAMPOUND BECAME THE CENTRE OF WHICH CORNISH TRADE?
REPORT OF VIRTUAL WALK ON 31ST MARCH
FROM WATERGATE BAY TO NEWQUAY
DEAR WALKING GROUP MEMBER,
WE HOPE THAT YOU ARE ALL KEEPING WELL AND WITH THE WEATHER NOW IMPROVING MANAGING TO GET SOME FRESH AIR BY WALKING EITHER ALONE OR IN VERY SMALL GROUPS WITH SOCIAL DISTANCING. WE ARE CERTAINLY MISSING ALREADY THE COMPANIONSHIP OF THE GROUP BUT IT WILL PROBABLY BE AWHILE BEFORE WE CAN GET BACK TO THAT. WITH THAT IN VIEW I THOUGHT I WOULD LET YOU LOOK AT THE WALK WE HAD PLANNED SO YOU CAN LOOK AT MAPS LEARN SOMETHING ABOUT THE AREA SO THAT WHEN WE DO THE WALK YOU WILL BE ABLE TO "DO AN ANNIE" AND TELL US ALL ABOUT IT!
IF ANY OF YOU HAVE A GREAT WALK YOU HAVE DONE AND WE CAN DO LATER LET ME KNOW AND WE CAN SHARE WITH THE OTHERS.
THE WALK TOOK US FROM LOSTWITHIEL ON THE TRAIN VIA PAR TO NEWQUAY-A VERY NICE JOURNEY -TAKING US THROUGH LUXULYAN TO ROCHE, QUINTRELL DOWNS AND THEN TO NEWQUAY. A SHORT WALK THEN TO CATCH A BUS FROM THE GREAT WESTERN HOTEL NORTH TO WATERGATE BAY.
FROM HERE WE WILL WALK THE 3.5 MILES ALONG THE COAST PATH BACK TO NEWQUAY PASSING HORSE ROCK, ZACRY'S ISLAND AND FLORY ISLAND BEFORE ROUNDING TREVELGUE HEAD AND THEN LUSTY GLAZE BEFORE THE LIGHTS AND CREAM TEAS OF NEWQUAY.
JUST OFF TO CLEAN MY BOOTS THEY ARE ALL COVERED IN SAND!
I'M GLAD THAT MOST OF YOU ENJOYED THE WALK, THE WEATHER WAS FINE AND JUDGING BY SOME OF THE RESPONSES THE TURN OUT WAS GOOD. JENNY PARTICULARLY HAD A GOOD TIME AND EVEN BRAVED THE SEA BUT IT WAS STILL A BIT COLD.
SORRY NO GROUP PHOTOGRAPH THIS TIME-MY VIRTUAL CAMERA RAN OUT OF FILM!
ANNIE WILL BE TAKING US ON OUR FIRST APRIL WALK SO PUT YOUR THINKING CAPS ON AS THERE ARE BOUND TO BE QUESTIONS.
IT IS WITH A REAL REGRET BUT AFTER MUCH THOUGHT AS TO THE SAFETY OF GROUP MEMBERS, PARTICULARLY THOSE WHO ARE AT A GREATER RISK, THAT WE HAVE DECIDED TO CANCEL ALL WALKS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
I HOPE THAT MEMBERS WHO DO NOT HAVE TO SELF ISOLATE OR WHO DO NOT CONTRACT THE VIRUS WILL BE ABLE TO ENJOY THE COUNTRYSIDE AND MAYBE PLAN SOME NEW WALKS UNTIL WE CAN GET BACK TOGETHER AGAIN AS A GROUP.
CHRIS AND JANET
REPORT ON WALK OF 10TH MARCH 2020
PELYNT, MUCHLARNICK AND CATHERINEPARK WOOD
Out of the 30 members who had originally signed up for this walk, twenty-four met up in Lostwithiel or directly in the Jubilee Inn car park, Pelynt. Our trust in the weather forecast was rewarded as the weather stayed dry in the main. Our walk leader claimed that she had chosen this 6.25 miles moderate to strenuous circular walk not because she wanted to give us all a good work out but because two-thirds of the walk was on minor road and we would not encounter too much mud. How many of us really believed her?!
This walk takes you through the village of Pelynt until you take the lane down to Trefanny Hill – a holiday complex. The primroses were already in bloom – a cheerful sight to brighten up what has been so far a rather miserable wet winter.
We then walked to Muchlarnick on the ridge of a field from which we had splendid views of the rolling countryside, the wooded valley and the West Looe River. We encountered two challenges on that stretch: a stile where the first step was very high up and a very muddy field: the horses looked very puzzled as to why humans would want to venture in that quagmire.
From Muchlarnick which was listed in the Domesday book under the name Lanher, we walked to Hobb Park (called Hop Park on the 1840 tithe map as there were once hop gardens thereabouts). There are two things of interest on that road:
A field on a spur surrounded on three sides by valleys. This was the site of an iron fort and at the same place was later built St Nonna’s Chapel, first recorded in 1242
St Nun’s well where the water runs into a round granite basin with a deeply rounded brim. I assume that, as we were not followed home by clouds of piskeys, those members who walked down the steps to the well did leave an offering!
After a refreshment break by Sowden’s Bridge, we made our way back to Pelynt past Trelawne Mill, then on forestry commission tracks through Catherinepark Wood, through one field and then on a minor road. We walked past the OS triangulation point which marks the highest point in the parish of Pelynt. Unfortunately, by then there was a slight drizzle and we did not get the clear views towards the china clay mountains, Bodmin moor, Caradon and Kit Hills and even a glimpse of Dartmoor that should have rewarded our efforts. Mind you by then the only thing on the walkers’ mind was the lunch which 17 of then had pre-ordered in the pub.
NOTICE OF WALK OF TUESDAY 10TH MARCH
PELYNT, MUCHLARNICK AND CATHERINEPARK WOOD
- THIS MODERATE TO STRENUOUS WALK IN SOUTH-EAST CORNWALL IS A LITTLE OVER 6 MILES
- ALMOST TWO THIRDS OF THE WALK ARE ON VERY QUIET MINOR ROADS.
- THE FOOTPATH WALKING IS DELIGHTFUL, ONE SECTION BEING ACROSS OPEN FARMLAND WITH SUPERB VIEWS UP THE WOODED WEST LOOE RIVER VALLEY AND THE OTHER IN TOTAL CONTRAST THROUGH MANAGED WOODLAND.
- TWO OR THREE STILES AND SOME UPHILL STRETCHES
- THERE WILL BE AN OPPORTUNITY TO VISIT ST NUN'S WELL WHICH IS INHABITED BY PISKEYS! DO NOT FORGET TO BRING AN OFFERING OR THEY WILL FOLLOW YOU HOME!
- I HAVE BOOKED A TABLE FOR US AT THE JUBILEE INN, PELYNT AND THEY ARE HAPPY TO TAKE OUR ORDERS AFTER 1.30PM
- WE WILL MEET IN THE LCC CAR PARK READY TO LEAVE BY 9.30AM
- WE WILL MAKE OUR WAY TO PELYNT WHERE WE WILL PARK AT THE TOP OF THE JUBILEE INN CAR PARK READY TO START THE WALK AT 10.00AM - THIS IN ORDER TO MAKE IT BACK IN TIME FOR LUNCH
- THE PUB IS ON THE LEFT-HAND SIDE RIGHT AT THE END OF THE VILLAGE ON THE B3359. THE POSTCODE IS PL13 2JZ (SX204549)
- MY MOBILE NUMBER IS 07497630742
I WOULD BE GRATEFUL IF YOU COULD LET ME KNOW BY SATURDAY 7th MARCH WHETHER:
- YOU WILL JOIN ME ON THIS WALK
- YOU CAN OFFER LIFTS
- YOU INTEND TO HAVE LUNCH AT THE JUBILEE INN
I LOOK FORWARD TO YOUR COMPANY.
REPORT ON WALK OF 25TH FEBRUARY 2020
A 3-MILE LOOE TOWN CIRCULAR WALK
Twenty-eight members of the group met up in the LCC car park and then outside Sawyers' B&B for this short walk, keeping their fingers crossed that the hail showers that had been forecast would not materialise. You will see from the photo that was taken at the end of this curtailed short walk that unfortunately it did rain! However, for the first 90 minutes, we walked in beautiful sunshine through elevated streets of West Looe and then East Looe that few if any of us had ever walked along. We had to negotiate one or two sharp hills, especially in East Looe but it was worth the effort as we gained amazing views of the harbour, the river and the beach. We climbed up higher than planned as Shutta Road was closed due to a landslide.
Mark Camp's description of this walk contains some cultural references that our walk leader delighted in sharing with us. Here are a few:
Hannafore was developed in the late 1800s, early 1900s for the emerging tourist trade
Hannafore Lane, behind Sawyers B&B used to be the original route back into Looe form the coast
The Jolly Sailor Inn dates from the 1400s and is the oldest pub in Looe
In 1411 a wooden bridge was built over Looe River to connect East and West. A fire destroyed the bridge and it was replaced by the first stone bridge in 1436. This bridge featured a chapel dedicated to St Anne's in the middle. The seven-arched bridge which remains today was built in 1853
Shutta opposite the station is probably one of the earliest settlement in the area. It is thought that this part of Looe was settled shortly after the Domesday survey named the manor of Pendrym as the main house for East Looe
The Banjo Pier is so named because of its shape which helps keep the river from silting up
Unfortunately, we had to stop the guided walk on the seafront and there was no time to explore the area of Looe known locally as the "back streets", Fore Street and then the quay.
Everybody took shelter in the various eateries in Looe, not a bad way to end a walk anyway!
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
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.
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.
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.