Wednesday, 23 January 2019


Funny sign about trespassing
I decided it was advisable to retrace my steps - it can sometimes be a problem walking along unknown paths and tracks!
Walking in Cornwall

Tuesday, 22 January 2019


St. Austell, Cornwall viaduct
Trenance, Cornwall Viaduct
Yesterday my post was VIADUCT AND TRAINS, CORNWALL and I'd like to continue this theme today. Above is another photo of the Trenance Viaduct, but from a different angle to yesterday's picture. My Internet friend, Laurent Truillet, noticed the pillars in front of the viaduct and asked if the 'previous bridge was a wooden bridge'. 

The original Cornish viaducts / bridges were indeed wooden - built on masonary piers.

I found the photo below (in the public domain) of the Truro Railway Carvedras Viaduct from 1859. This shows the wooden construction supporting the railway lines. At the time this was done to save money, but was a false economy as stronger stone viaducts had to be built in 1899.

The original stone piers remain next to the newer viaducts.
Truro, Cornwall Viaduct
The photo below shows the Truro Viaduct from Victoria Gardens - a photo a snapped early last year.
Truro Train Viaduct, Cornwall
Truro Viaduct today

Monday, 21 January 2019


Trenance Viaduct, Cornwall
I had to visit someone this morning and snapped a few quick photos while on my way - nothing special but it turns out there is a theme to them.

The photo above shows part of the Trenance Viaduct, Cornwall.

A viaduct was first built here in 1858 but had to be replaced in 1899. It's quite a construction as it has ten piers and is 115 feet (35m) high and 720 feet (220m) long.

The photo below is a small river - made white by china clay deposits - running under the viaduct.
River under Trenance Viaduct, Cornwall
Purely by chance, as I was approaching a footbridge over the railway lines I heard a train. I rushed to the top of the bridge and managed to get a photo - but not the front of the engine! The train was transporting china clay - I seem to have mentioned china clay quite a lot recently - see my post: China Clay Country for example
66155 china clay train, Cornwall
I quickly went to the other side of the bridge to take another photo as the train thundered through St.Austell station.
China clay train passing through St.Austell Station, Cornwall
The train would have travelled over the Trenance Viaduct I mentioned at the beginning of this post. So, along with china clay, it all fits together nicely - purely by chance. That is, if there is such a thing as chance, coincidence synchronicity etc. But that's a whole different conversation!

Sunday, 20 January 2019


Beach at Carlyon Bay, Cornwall
One end of Carlyon Bay beach
We were out and about this morning and decided to include a walk starting at Carlyon Bay. This partly runs alongside the Carlyon Bay Golf Club course and on the right is the sea.
View of the sea from Carlyon Bay golf club, Cornwall
A view of the sea from the footpath
The path is a right of way and can be used by the public.
Carlyon Bay, Cornwall golf green
Part of Carlyon Bay golf course
From the golf course, looking inland, Cornwall's White Pyramid can be seen.
Cornwall's white pyramid at St.Austell
Looking across to the White Pyramid
We walked along to Spit Beach and then decided to retrace our footsteps.
Rocks and sea near Spit Beach, Cornwall
Approaching Spit Beach
Did I mention that the path was somewhat muddy in places ...
Muddy coastal footpath, Cornwall
A muddy coastal foorpath
... but he views are nice, when there isn't a hedge in the way!
Public coast footpath Carlyon Bay, Cornwall
The sea view when retracing our steps

Saturday, 19 January 2019


1890 vintage photo of Tintagel, Cornwall and the old Post Office
A few days back I published a post about the Tintagel Old Post Office, Cornwall. Today's photo is a street scene from about 1890 showing the very same Post Office. The actual building dates back to the 14th century. I picked up the photo, with others, a while back at a car boot sale. It's not the clearest of pictures but shows how things once were - a bygone age.

Friday, 18 January 2019


Portmellon, Cornwall
The image of Cornwall is often one of golden beaches, blue skies and sunshine. At times though, the winter weather blows away more than just the cobwebs!

The photos today are of Portmellon and the narrow coastal road. Follow the road left up the hill and you will reach the popular village of Mevagissey.
Portmellon, Cornwall
Some days though the sea gets a little angry and splashes over the road. This isn't too pleasant if you happen to be going that way in your car - and worse still if you are walking.
High waves at Portmellon, Cornwall
I snapped these photos on a visit to see friends who live in Portmellon, I made sure I was a safe distance from the waves. You have to be sensible and respect such weather conditions.

It's perhaps hard to imagine that there is a sandy beach under all of those waves. In the summer there will be people enjoying the sunshine and launching small boats from the slipway.

Thursday, 17 January 2019


Wheal Martyn China Clay Museum
Wheal Martyn China Clay Museum
After a rainy, blowy night the morning couldn't make up it's mind what to do. It was grey, it was blue, it was dry, it was drizzly. But, regardless, we wandered round Cornwall's Clay trails with fingers crossed.

We parked our car at Wheal Martyn - Cornwall's China Clay Museum. The china clay people in the photo are at the entrance.
chimney, St.Austell
An ornamental chimney with pictures representing the clay industry
From the museum it is possible to walk a trail to the Eden Project - about five miles distance. We, however just followed our feet!
Cornwall china clay lake
A china clay lake
We passed a China Clay lake where nature has taken hold. It's hard to believe this was once a hive of activity.
Clay trail, St.Austell, Cornwall

Part of the China Clay Trail
Walking part of the clay trail the weather became more unsettled. The hills are the spoils of the clay industry, now covered by shrubs and greenery.
China Clay Lake, once a quarry
Another China Clay Lake, once a quarry
Walking part of the clay trail the weather became more unsettled. The hills are the spoils of the clay industry, now covered by shrubs and greenery.
The China Clay Countryside
In the area the side roads are very narrow but the grey of the china clay was on view.
Narrow roads
More narrow roads before heading back to our car.
China Clay country, Cornwall
Another view of the China Clay country, Cornwall



I decided it was advisable to retrace my steps - it can sometimes be a problem walking along unknown paths and tracks!