Saturday 25 January 2020

A Flavour of the Beautiful Pinetum Gardens, Cornwall : 20 Photos

Thatched building, Cornwall

I'm following on from my previous post about Pinetum Gardens, Holmbush, St.Austell, Cornwall. Today we have a further 20 photos of the gardens. 

I thought their office was quite cute, with the thatched roof - and who can resist a duck pond.

Ducks and a duch house.

The 30 acres of gardens include ten individual, different gardens from around the world with, an array of plants and flowers. Being January there obviously wasn't so many flowers on display, but lots more to explore.

Cornish industry in small

There are seats scattered around the gardens and the paths are wheelchair friendly.

Pinetum Garden, Cornwall

Not sure who the gentleman is below but he must have been quite chilly on a frosty January day.

Statue at Pinetim Gardens, Cornwall

Though, as mentioned, there aren't too many flowers on display in winter I still found the following colourful displays.

January Flowers, Pinetum Gardens, Cornwall
Lots of space for children and dogs on leads.

Selection of trees at Pinetum Gardens St.Austell

Amid the gardens there are holiday cottages.
I believe seven in total. The cottage below is called Moongate 7 and was a stone barn in a former life.

Stone Barn holiday cottage, Pinetum Gardens, Cornwall

Plenty of trees ...

Trees in Cornwall at Pinetum Gardens, Cornwall

… of various kinds.

Pinetum Gardens, Holmbush, St.Austell, Cornwall

The spiders can be big in Cornwall, so go careful if you notice a spider's web.

Pinetum Gardens, Holmbush, St.Austell, Cornwall

A lovely lake at the far side of the gardens ...

Pinetum Gardens lake

… with ducks and geese. The geese are wild so might not always be seen at the lake.

Pinetum Gardens Lake: Ducks, geese on the lake.

The lake looks quite special on a sunshine day.

Pinetum Gardens lake, Cornwall

There's a small plaque by the lake with one of Hilaire Beloc's poems : 

The Waterbeetle
The waterbeetle here shall teach
A sermon far beyond your reach;
He flabbergasts the Human Race 
By gliding on the water's face
With ease, celerity and grace;
But if he ever stopped to think
Of how he did it he would sink.

Boat House, Lake at Pinetum Gardens

Walking away from the lake a bell ...

Pinetums Garden bell, Holmbush, St.Austell, Cornwall

… and an old building.

At Pinetum Gardens, Cornwall

Then it's into the Japanese Garden.

Japanese Garden, Cornwall

Japanese style gardens always appeal to me, they have a certain calmness and tranquillity.

Pinetime Garden's Hapanese Garden, Cornwall

And that was the end of my visit to Pinetum Gardens. Much more to see though than in my photos. I enjoyed my visit and will definitely return in the Spring - or maybe sooner.

The final photo is the driveway from the car park leading to the A390, Holmbush Road.

For more information on Pinetum Gardens visit their website.

Other Gardens Nearby:

Cornwall's Eden Project With The world's Largest Indoor Rainforest - Plus Much More

Lost Gardens of Heligan - Voted UKs Top Visitor Garden - 22 Photos

Wednesday 22 January 2020

Pinetum Gardens, Holmbush, St.Austell: 30 Acres of Trees, Plants and Flowers

Colourful heather in Cornwall

On Sunday we visited Pinetum Gardens, Holmbush. We hadn't been there for about seven or eight years and were quite impressed.

Colourful heathers in Cornwall

Everything seemed so much improved  than I remember. Best of all, as you will see by the photos, there was colour and flowers on display. Great to see in January.


There are some 30 acres to explore and they claim that they have one of the largest plant collections in the country.

Early daffodils in Cornwall

There are ten different style gardens within Pinetum such as: a Cornish Country Garden, Japanese Garden, Woodland Garden and so on.

White and pink camellia flower

There is lots of openness, so plenty of room for children to run free. We had our grandchildren with us. I think they enjoyed the rope ladder most as they were able to climb high in a tree.

Flowers in January

We also had our son's dog with us - a red fox labrador - yes, dogs are welcome too.

Pink camellia in Cornwall

There are ponds and ducks, green fields, mature trees and much, much more.

I'll do another post on Pinetum Gardens, with photos of the trees, open spaces and so on.

Camellia in Cornwall

Pinetum Gardens is on the A390 Holmbush Road, between St.Austell and St.Blazey, Cornwall.

Also see: A Flavour of the Beautiful Pinetum Gardens, Cornwall : 20 Photos

Sunday 19 January 2020

Pentewan Harbour, Beach and Village, Cornwall

Fisherman's traditional cottage at Pentewan, Cornwall

Following on from my previous post. After walking through the woods we reached the small village of Pentewan.

Pickle Cottage above was once a fisherman's home - but this was way back as the cottage was built in 1823. It's now a holiday let.

More village cottages below.

Pentewan Village cottages, Cornwall

Soon the old harbour comes into view.

The old harbour at Pentewan, Cornwall

We soon reached the far end of Pentewan beach. As you can tell it's was a chilly old morning!

Pentwan Beach seat

Pentewan has a long, sandy beach, even more so when the tide is out.

Beach at Pentewan, Cornwall

At this section of the beach there are the remnants from the time when Pentewan was a busy harbour.

Pentewan Beach, Cornwall

Back in the late 1800's and early 1900's Pentewan would have been a hive of activity. China clay and various metals were exported worldwide from here in sailing ships. 

There is a photo of the harbour in days of old on my blog post Pentewan: Comparing How It Looked In 1900 With Today.

Harbour wall, Pentewan, Cornwall

Pentewan harbour is now land locked ...

Old harbour at Pentewan, Cornwall

… but still with a wide expanse of water.

Pentewan harbour, Cornwall

Bits and pieces remain from when it was a working harbour.

Having walked along the beach and around the harbour we returned to the village.

The road leading out of the east side of the village is narrow and steep. If driving a car you have to shut your eyes and hope for the best - well, sort of.

Hill leading out of Pentewan village, Cornwall

We wandered through the village, passing Piskey Cove ...

Pentewan, Cornwall, Piskey Cove

… and The Rocks and then joined the footpath to retrace our steps as in my previous post. I guess our Sunday morning walk was just over 3.5 miles. So not too strenuous for a before dinner stroll.

Cottages at Pentewan, Cornwall

Thursday 16 January 2020

Walking at Pentewan, Cornwall: River, Woods and Trees

St. Austell River, Pentewan, Cornwall

On Sunday morning it had been bucketing down. When the rain finally stopped we went for a walk along the footpath to Pentewan, Cornwall and to glimpse the sea before dinner. 

sign post, with a dangling lost mitten, was becoming covered with moss because of all of the recent rain and dampness.

Sign Post, Pentewan, Cornwall

For the first part of the walk the path follows what is known as the St. Austell River. It's proper name is the Vinnick River though, to confuse things, locals often refer to it as the White River as the water is sometimes coloured white by nearby china clay deposits.

Pentewan Trail, Cornwall

After following the river we turned off through the woods.

Pentewan Trail, Cornwall

A few puddles remained from the recent rain, but the path was quite walkable. It is also used by cyclists and the occasional horse rider.

Woods at Pentewan, Cornwall

At the side of the path a few smaller trees were swimming in water, though they didn't manage to get very far.

Trees in water

Walking through an arch of trees the sun began to shine - yippee.

Walking through trees to Pentewan, Cornwall

Almost to the end of the woods, but first a wooden bridge and a ford used by horses and sometimes cyclists.

wooden bridge for walkers and ford for horses and cycles, Pentewan, Cornwall

More dampness and moss on the trees but we have now virtually reached Pentewan village.

Moss on tree

The path opens up to the narrow road leading to the village - and what is the first thing we see? A fashion shop! Being Sunday luckily it was closed.

Fashion and Lidestyle shop at Pentewan, Cornwall

I'll carry on with the photos, and a glimpse of the sea, in my next post: Pentewan Harbour, Beach and Village, Cornwall

Monday 13 January 2020

13 Photos of Mevagissey Harbour, Cornwall

The harbour at Mevagissey, Cornwall

After so much rain and greyness the sun finally shone (10th of January) so we headed down to Mevagissey. The tide was out so the Inner Harbour - above - was a jumble of boats.

Harbour and boats Mevagissey, Cornwall

I snapped a few photos as we walked. The boats were still able to manoeuvre in the outer harbour.

Mevagissey is primarily a fishing village. Years ago the boats would catch pilchards, but the demand gradually decreased. The pilchards were then rebranded as Cornish Sardines - and the sales increased! What a difference a name can make.

The outer harbour at Mevagissey, Cornwall

Looking east from the harbour wall shows the rugged coastline.

Coastline looking from Mevagissey harbour walls

Two girls were out at sea on their paddle boards. The sea was so blue, calm and perfect. As I have no doubt said before, the sea around Cornwall has many colours and shades dependent on the weather conditions.

Mavagissey, Cornwall: two girls on paddle boards

Along the wall that divides the inner and outer harbours are some of the paraphernalia for the fishing boats. The public aren't allowed along this walkway for safety reasons.

Boxes for fish at Mevagissey, Cornwall

Not sure if She Sells sells sea shells but you'll find the shop by the harbour.

Mevagissey shop: She Sells

Looking out to the entrance of the outer harbour. Hard to believe this is January.

Outer harbour at Mevagissey, Cornwall

A few fishing boats and one of the harbour walls. Always interesting to walk along the wall unless, of course, the weather isn't too good.

Mevagissey harbour, Cornwall and boats

A further stretch of the walkable harbour wall.

Fishing boat at Mevagissey, Cornwall

Below is the entrance to Mevagissey's inner harbour - used when the water has risen to a suitable level.

Mevagissey harbour houses

Houses overlooking the harbour. Many are now holiday or second homes. This has pushed the prices up and up. So much so that it is now difficult for locals to afford them, especially the young looking for their first home. Many have to move away. This effects the dynamics of the whole village: the shops, pubs, businesses and the community.

Mevagissey Harbour, Cornwall

There's a range of small shops (and pubs & restaurants) in the village but many are aimed at the visitors who flood Mevagissey in the main summer months.

Here are three more Mevagissey posts with lots of photos:

An Introduction to Mevagissey, Cornwall The Two Saint Village

Mevagissey The Two Saint Village and Harbour - 10 Photos

Mevagissey, Cornwall - Where It's A Good Job That Cows Can't Fly!



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