Friday, 15 October 2021

Walking Through Fowey, Cornwall.

The weather wasn't great but we poodled down to Fowey for a short walk, always an interesting town to visit.

We parked the car in Gallant's Drive - safe to do so this time of year - and wandered down the Esplanade.

The first view is across the Fowey River to Polruan

The river gently splashes the rocks below.

Now looking inland as the river meanders through the hills.

Another view across the river to Polruan. There is a ferry from Fowey to Polruan and vice versa.

We continued walking to the quay passing by the Fowey Aquarium.

On the quay the canons are at the ready - just in case they are needed!

We walked on through the town looking at the views when possible.

Another small quay. It appears that Queen Victoria and Prince Albert stopped off here for a cuppa back in 1846.

Next is a building I like: The Georgian Scallop Shell House. It has an interesting history. 

The story goes that there was previously a medieval house here. This was used by pilgrims on their way to the Shrine of St. James of Compostela in Spain. Records reveal that between 1412 and 1456 licences were granted to seven Fowey Shippers, who carried around 350 Pilgrims to Spain.

Going up Customs House Hill and the narrow road beyond.

Fortunately the road has one way traffic only.

Peeking across the river, with the lifeboat in position

Further along the river is the Bodinnick Ferry for cars, vans and foot passengers.

A pleasant house overlooking the river

Further along the river is the industrial sector, lots of china clay etc. have been exported from here over the years - see the 1904 photo at the end of this post.

Wandering back through the town there are various shops and food outlets.

Back to the main Fowey Quay and we succumbed to C0rnish pasties - mine a veggie option, being vegetarian.

We found an empty seat and a young seagull thought he would join us. He took a lot of persuading to go away - it seems he is addicted to pasties!

Lunch over we wandered slowly back to the Esplanade.

A final look across the river to Polruan and our car was waiting. A pleasant way to spend a morning.

That's it for today but there are more photos of Fowey on my blog post A Flavour Of the Old Town of Fowey, Cornwall With 24 Photos or, if you want a longer, proper walk I recommend The Magical Hall Walk at Fowey Cornwall.

P.S. I came across this old photo from 1904 of china clay being delivered to Fowey.

That's definitely the lot for today. All good wishes for the week ahead~ Mike.

Friday, 8 October 2021

The Tide Was Out at Charlestown Harbour - and So Were the Spiders

The tide at Charlestown was a very long way out. This seemed to give everything a different perspective. Just look at the old sea groin below, almost looks like some long lost sea monster.

As for the harbour wall, it looked so different without the covering of the sea. Interesting to see the variation of the stones.

Looking back across the rough sand and stones all seemed as it has been for hundreds of years.

We walked alongside the cliffs.

Must stress though that some of the cliffs are liable to fall occassionally. So care has to be taken.

We reached a cave which I find fascinating.

Fascinating because if you look upwards, while inside the cave, there is a square hole to the very top of the cliffs. I've heard various reasons for the hole but the one I like best is one I may have written previously:

We go back to the days of smuggling. The smugglers would beach their boat and rush their contraband to the cave. There would be a rope dangling through the hole and this would be used by the smugglers associates to heave the goods to the top. They would then transfer the smuggled goods to a safe house - and the boat would  quickly take sail before the customs men could take any action.

Could be true!

Lots of seaweed on the shore and rock pools.

Looking across to Cornwall's green fields.

With the tide so far out Charlestown harbour looked so very different.

And now moving on to something completely different: spiders and cobwebs!

There seems to be an abundance of spiders and cobwebs everywhere at the moment.

We have even had spiders in the house, several of them have popped in to say hello. Some quite large.

I never kill spiders, as the old saying goes: If you want to live and thrive, let the spider run alive.

I caught the spiders using a glass and a card. They were then released outside. 

Moving on we visited the Eden Project with our son and his family. One of the exhibits I wanted to see again were the horses made of driftwood by artist Heather Jansch. I had read that she sadly died in July.

The horses have been by the entrance to the Eden booking office for a long time. I'm always fascinated how they have been created from genuine driftwood.

Many thanks for visiting my blog - how quickly time time passes. Enjoy every moment ~ Mike 

Friday, 1 October 2021

Walking in Cornwall's China Clay Country

Here I am in Cornwall's china clay country, well away from the normal tourist trails. It's a different world and even has its own pyramids!

First though I have to walk under this bridge as a train thunders above.

My walk from here is uphill along a narrow road. Fortunately very few vehicles come this way.

The house below is one I quite fancy, with large grounds. Would be perfect if situated somewhere else in Cornwall.

Moving on, some distant views across the countryside, which doesn't look too much like china clay country at the moment.

The road narrows and there's a wind turbine ahead.

On the right of the road is an entrance to a farm.

Oh, and another wind turbine.

A Cornish flag is flying high. 

Not everyone though is so welcoming, but on the opposite side of the road ...

...  everything looks quite friendly!

Beginning to look more like china clay territory now. There are sightings of the white china clay - though it does look like snow!

Another wind turbine next to china clay.

Now we have a quarry: Goonavean Aggregates.

There's a lorry waiting to be filled with aggregate. Fortunately any big vehicles, like this, have to go the opposite way to where I have walked.

The general surroundings aren't, perhaps, quite so appealing now.

Yet another wind turbine with the spoils of the china clay in the background.

The white of the china clay but nature is fighting back.

I decided now to retrace my steps, homeward bound, by the Greensplat Quarry.

It's downhill on the return trip, the road is narrow as can be seen by the 6 feet, 6 inches warning sign below. 

A few views across the countryside. 

Going downhill what do I see? The sea in the distance!

High hedges along the road spoil some of the views.

Even the fence is going downhill now.

The end of my walk. After going under the bridge I'm back where I started. On the wall are the details of the bridge.

Now, what way do I go home - oh, yes I remember.

To finish the post, below is a photo I took a while back. The scene is known locally as the White Pyramid.

As for the china clay industry in Cornwall please see my post: The China Clay Industry in Cornwall.

Plus there is much more info at the Wheal Martyn Museum

Thanks for visiting my Cornwall blog. Have a great weekend and week ahead ~ Mike.



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