Thursday, 30 May 2019

Walking The Cliffs In North Cornwall - 14 Photos


I like walking along cliff tops, not too sure why as I'm not quite so good at heights nowadays. Somehow though I feel in tune with the cliffs and the sea vistas - if that doesn't sound to fanciful.


We were on Cornwall's north coast and set out walking from Compass Point heading towards Widemouth Bay.


The tide was out so lots of views of rocks and stones far into the distance.


We met a few others walking along the cliff tops, but not too many as it was quite a breezy day. 

In the photo below you might just be able to make out two men on the rocks below - to the left of the photo. It's easy to get cut off if you don't treat the tides with respect.


The surface of some of the cliff top walk is covered in grass - so makes the walking quite comfortable other than the path goes up and down.


The cliffs seemed to get higher ...


... quite a drop. Birds nest in the cliffs safe from walkers.


A few flowers cling to the cliff tops.


Inland there were now houses to be seen and green fields with a few horses.


We reached Trig Point (below) and then continued past Efford Ditch. We carried on walking but then realised it must be nearly three miles back to the car - so we turned around and retraced our footsteps.

A trig Point, by the way,  is used in the UK to mount and centre a theodolite used to take angular measurements to neighbouring trig points.


It started to drizzle with rain so we were glad to see Compass Point again.


By the time we reached Compass Point - the round building in the photo below - the rain had fortunately ceased. 


Compass Point is a former coastguard lookout and was built in 1840 but was moved to it's current position in 1880. It is made from local sandstone and the design is said to be based on the Tower of the Winds in Athens. As you can see, in the photo below, it has the points of the compass on each of its octagonal sides.


Tuesday, 28 May 2019

The Canal at Bude, Cornwall Built In 1825.

Bude Canal, Cornwall

When visiting Bude I was fascinated by the canal, which has only two locks. It's no longer used for carrying goods but there are a few pleasure craft on the water - photo above. 

The three photos below show the lock and some of the workings at the Bude harbour end of the canal.


As I understand it plans were made to create a canal way back in 1774. The local sand is full of minerals and is used by farmers as a soil conditioner and enhancer. However the plans for the canal were thwarted until an Act of Parliament was obtained in 1819 giving permission for the work to begin.

Lock at Bude Canal, Cornwall

The first 35 miles of canal were completed by 1825 and there were high hopes of big profits carrying sand and other goods. 

Canal workings at Bude, Cornwall

The building of the canal was quite a feat as it had, as mentioned, only two locks and also six inclined planes.

It became the first canal in the UK and second in the world to use water-powered tub-boat inclines, and it had the most inclined planes of any waterway.

Now I don't profess to fully understand inclined planes so I think I'll have to quote from Wikipedia :

"The unusual feature of the canal was the six inclined planes. The tub boats had wheels, and on the inclined planes they were pulled up the slopes with the wheels running in channel rails (like a squat letter "U" in section). There were two sets of rails, one for each direction, but it does not appear that a counterbalancing system was used (in which a boat coming down would balance one being pulled up).
The tub boats were hauled up and let down the inclined planes by chains, which were operated in most cases by waterwheels; the transit took five minutes or so."
The Bude Canal, Cornwall
Once completed the canal cut the cost of sand by as much as three-quarters. All well and good until, that is, the railway arrived in Bude in 1898. Those big expected profits never materialised. 

Today the canal looks very attractive and there is a walkway running alongside for walkers and cyclists - as photo above. Unfortunately it was raining when we walked along the path but there is much to see. There are some attractive old cottages, as below, and so on.
Cottage by the Bude Canal, Cornwall
Off to the side, at the Bude end, there are nature reserves for birds and other wild life. 

Canal at Bude, Cornwall

We had a pleasant walk alongside the canal despite the rain. Several men were fishing - they need a licenc. There was no sign of any catches, but they seemed happy enough!

Marsh land at Bude, Cornwall

More information on the Bude Canal can be found on the Bude Canal and Harbour Society website.

Sunday, 26 May 2019

Bude Beach, Beach Huts, Swimming Pool and Pies!

Bude, Cornwall: Beach and distance view

A few photos of Bude, Cornwall where it seems that beach huts are very much in vogue.

Beach huts and beach at Bude, Cornwall

It's a sizeable beach when the tide is out. It is then possible to walk a long way beneath the cliffs.

Beach at Bude, Cornwall

The rock with, what looks like an aerial, is Chapel Rock which I have mentioned in a previous post.

Bude, Cornwall

The old cottage below has an prime position overlooking the beach.

Old Cornish cottage by beach at Bude, Cornwall

Bude has it's own Sea Pool, which gets filled twice a day at high tide - admission is free.

Natural sea water swimming pool at Bude, Cornwall

And there are even more Beach Huts!

Beach huts at Bude, Cornwall

And finally looking towards the town of Bude. We didn't venture fully into the shopping centre but did manage to visit the Cornish Pie Company. Just a small shop, but friendly staff and the pies are very tasty - well at least mine was!

Bude, Cornwall, town

Friday, 24 May 2019

An Easy Walk at Pentewan, Cornwall Taking In Trees, Sea, Sand, Cliffs and a Private Cove For Lunch

Pentewan, Cornwall

Tuesday was such a lovely sunshine day that we didn't want to miss, so we went for an easy walk to the small cove in the photo above. We started at the Pentewan Trail, Cornwall by the bridge. There is a pull-in nearby for a few cars.

Old bridge, Pentewan Trail, Cornwall

The trail, or path is for walkers and cyclists and it winds it's way alongside a small river and then through the trees.

Pentewan Trail - trees and pathway

The trail ends at the small village of Pentewan. The harbour is now land locked. A hundred years ago it would have been a hive of activity - see photo from 1900 here.

Pentewan Harbour, Cornwall

There is a beach at Pentewan, but it wasn't too busy.

Pentewan Beach, Cornwall

Behind the beach there is the popular Pentewan Sands Holiday Park. This has static caravans, and also lots of room for touring caravans, motor homes and camping. It gets very busy in the main summer season.

Pentewan Sands Holiday Park

We walked through Par Sands to make our way to the coast path. It starts out quite steep as it meanders its way to Mevagissey. Looking back from the path are views of Pentewan and beyond - notice how the road from Pentewan climbs to the top of the hill!

View of Pentewan village and beyond, Cornwall

The coastal path goes up and down ...

Cliffs at Pentewan, Cornwall

... as can be seen from the photo below ...

Hills and green fields from Pentewan to Mavagissey

... and also the next photo.

Fields on way to Mveagissey, Cornwall

We decided not to walk too far along the coastal path and made our way to a small cove.

Small cove between Pentewan and Mevagissey

The cove was perfect as there was no one else in sight! We sat on the rocks and had our lunch - a Cornish pasty for my wife and a vegetable pasty for me, plus a Danish pastry each - and tea, of course. Could life get any better!

Small cove between Pentewan and Mavagissey

We sat and watched the tide gradually going out.

Cove in Cornwall on south coast

We decided to walk back via the sand that was now visible. There were a few rocks to scramble over but then the sand was soft to walk.

gulls near the sea

Cliffs and rocks are always interesting.

Cliffs and rocks at Pentewan, Cornwall

We soon reached Pentewan Beach - much quicker than the ups and downs of the coastal path. From here it was retracing our steps until we reached the bridge (as in the 2nd photo) and our car.

It's days like this that make me realise how lucky I am to live in Cornwall.

Girl on beach when tide out at Pentewan, Cornwall

Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Cottages, Green Fields, Coastal Views and Farm Animals at Poughill, Cornwall

Thatchd cottage in Bude, Cornwall

A short while ago I mentioned that, for a change of scenery, we stayed in a cottage for a week at Poughill (pronounced puffil) on Cornwall's north coast. I've done several posts about the area recently and places we visited such as, Tintagel, BoscastleBude and so on. 

Often though, in the evenings, we would wander the lanes around Poughill - so here's a flavour of the area.  The thatched cottages above were in the heart of the village by St.Olaf's church - but the building below wasn't quite as idyllic!

Deserted Cornish Cottage

Still in the main village, a row of cottages ...
A row of cottages at Poughill, Bude, Cornwall
... a house where jams are made and sold ...
Cottage selling jam at Poughill, Cornwall
... and then there is the Post Office and St, Olaf's church ...

Church at Poughill, Bude, Cornwall
... and, of course, a pub / inn -the Preston Gate Inn.

Preston Gate Inn, Poughill, Bude, Cornwall

Once out of the village, and walking along the nearby lanes, there are distant views of the sea and headland. The photos were taken on different days and at different times.

Countryside view to the sea from POughill, Cornwall

Green fields in abundance ...

Green fields of Cornwall

... with a few cottages and houses scattered about.
Lanes and fields in Cornwall
The hedgerows were full of wild flowers.
hedgerows of wild flowers, Cornwall
Ahhh, and then the farm animals.

Sheep in the fields, Cornwall

More sheep with their markings.

Lambs at Bude Cornwall

Some of the animals have glorious views.

Cattle in the fields and a view to the sea

Most were friendly.

Calves in field, Cornwall

And finally the narrow lane leading to the cottage where we stayed - wild garlic everywhere. Was lovely to spend some time on Cornwall's north coast. We live on Cornwall's south coast.

Wild garlic along the lanes in Cornwall

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