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

Wednesday, 16 January 2019


Polkerris Cove, Cornwall and the Rashleigh Inn
Polkerris and the Rshleigh Inn

Polkerris is a lovely small, sheltered cove facing south west. It's about three miles west of Fowey and has connections with the author Daphne Du Maurier - and the settings for her books.

The white building is the Rashleigh Inn - a pleasant place from which to enjoy the summer sunsets.

The village is  really just a narrow road with a few cottages. There is a small car park and also limited parking for patrons of the Rashleigh Inn.

I snapped the photo while walking along the coastal path.

Tuesday, 15 January 2019


500 year old West Bridge, St.Austell, Cornwall
West Bridge, St.Austell, Cornwall
On the outskirts of  St.Austell town there is a very old bridge that is rarely given a second glance. It no longer carries traffic, other than perhaps a few bicycles. This is a shame because the bridge is well over 500 years old.

We know it's minimum age because it was mentioned by someone called John Leland in 1538. He was King Henry VIII's Chaplain who was sent out around the country to gather material for a history of England.

Leland, sometimes spelt Leyland, didn't seem to think much of St. Austell as he wrote (in old English): "... the poore toun of St Austelles is nothing notable but for the paroch chirch. And there is a bridge of the same name."

500+ years ago things would have been different. The bridge would then have carried all of the visitors and tradespeople to and from the west of St.Austell town. How times change.

The roadway of the bridge (photo below) has, unfortunately now been covered with tarmac but the passing V-shaped places can be seen.
Ancient West Bridge, St.Austell, Cornwall
The roadway of West Bridge, St.Aystell, Cornwall
There is a scratched etching of the bridge from 1803, as shown below. The river was wider and faster back then.
1803 etching of the approach to St.Austell town
Besides the river and bridge St.Austell church tower can be seen to the right of the etching. This remains today as can be seen in the photo below. I snapped the photo during the summer months - thus the blue sky!
St.Austell church tower, Cornwall
St.Austell church
How life moves on, to think of all of the people who have walked the bridge and visited the church over many hundreds of years. The tales they could tell us.

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Monday, 14 January 2019


Tintagel Old Post Office, Cornwall
Tintagel Old Post Office, Cornwall
One of the attractions of the village at Tintagel, on Cornwall's north coast, is the Old Post Office. It is actually a 14th century stone house of a medieval manor style.

The house became the post office during Queen Victoria's reign when the building was granted a licence to become the receiving office for the local area.

An old red post box can be seen in the photo below - which is built into the wall and has Queen Victoria's initials.
Victorian Post Box, Tintagel, Cornwall
Tintagel Post Office showing a red Queen Victoria Post Box
There is an 1890s photo of the Tintagel Post Office on: Old Cornwall: Tintagel

Sunday, 13 January 2019


Carlyon Bay, Cornwall
This morning we went for a stroll along the beach at Carlyon Bay. Not many people about as it had been a blowy old night. The people who were there tended to be dog walkers.
Carlyon Bay, Cornwall
It's a pleasant beach, or perhaps I should say: it was a pleasant beach. The problem is that, for what seems like forever, there have been plans to develop parts of the beach with shops and apartments. As yet nothing has materialised - other than disagreements and piles of rocks delivered for a possible sea wall. It's a shame as they have messed up large parts of the beach.
Carlyon Bay, Cornwall

Saturday, 12 January 2019


St Dennis Church, Cornwall
It was a dark and dismal day, not really a time for taking photos, but somehow we ended up in St.Dennis, a village away from the normal Cornish tourist trail.

The old church at St.Dennis - St Denys - stands high on a conical hill overlooking the village and Goss Moor. The church was originally built on the site of a fortified Iron Age settlement.

The Cornish language word for a hill fort is 'dinas' so perhaps this is how the church name came about. But, in saying that, the church was dedicated to St Dionysius in 1327 and this could well have changed over the years to Denys or maybe Dennis. Whatever, the church itself has been in place since the 11th century and the site was probably used for religious meetings well before this.
Looking across the fields and moors from the church
The legendary King Arthur may have walked these fields The The Megalithic Portal website quotes the following from the Chronicles of British Kings' by Geoffrey of Gloucester:

King Arthur. king of the Britons took refuge in the South West from the Angles, a Turkonic (sic) race who invaded Britain during the 5th century. Demelihoc was a secondary fortress of Gorlios, King of Cornwall. We asume Dimelihoc was a dinas of dennis on which the church was built. During the fight with Arthur, Gorlios put his wife Igeme in the strongest fort Castle an Dinas and he commanded Demelihoc hoping that he would survive. He was slain and his wife captured. She afterwards married Uther of round table fame.
Ancient Celtic Cross
Going back to the St, Denys churchyard, along the main entrance path is an ancient Celtic Cross. The age is unknown but there are crude markings of a cross and also an hour glass shaped design on the shaft.
I'll have to go back to the church at St.Dennis on a sunny day to take some decent photos. On a dismal day the church yard looks kind of creepy!
A final view looking from the church. There is an old pathway - and in the distance the white hills of the china clay industry

Thursday, 10 January 2019


Cornwall Air Ambulance
I was at the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro yesterday (nothing serious) when out of the sky came the Cornwall Air Ambulance helicopter.
Cornwall Air Ambulance Helicopter
The air ambulance service is something special. It has been operating since 1987 and has carried out something like 20,000 missions - thus saving many lives. The helicopter can reach anywhere on Cornwall's mainland in about 12 minutes - which is often essential, especially in the summer months when many of Cornwall's main roads can get clogged with traffic.
Air ambulance helicopter
The Cornwall Air Ambulance is not government funded but is, in effect, a charity so has to raise funds from sponsors and the general public. At the moment they are trying to raise £2.5 million to
bring the next generation air ambulance to Cornwall.
Cornwall Air Ambulance Helicopter

Wednesday, 9 January 2019


This is the White Hart Hotel and Bar in the center of St.Austell, right opposite the church. I chose this particular photo today because there is a link with a previous post about Charlestown.

The link being that the Georgian White Hart was once the home of Charles Rashleigh - the man who built the harbour and village of Charlestown in the late 1700s.

The distinctive red/orange building in the background  was built a lot later in 1898 and is now a bank. It was designed by Silvanus Trevail and the red terracotta bricks came all the way from Ruanon in North Wales.

That's it for today, other than another photo of the White Hart.

Tuesday, 8 January 2019


This fellow was checking out the sign and pleading his innocence!

Must admit though that some of the seagulls have a definite taste for take-a-ways, sandwiches and chips. I saw one recently swoop down and snatch a child's cake - so there were floods of tears.

The problem is that visitors will feed them - the seagulls, that is - so they take the easy option when looking for their lunch.



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