Wednesday, 17 August 2022

40 Photos: An Updated Circular Walk Based On Gover Valley, St.Austell, Cornwall


Today I'm updating the Gover Valley circular walk with a fresh set of 40 photos. The first photo, above, is of the viaduct which carries the London train to Penzance, Cornwall and vice versa. This is the start of the walk.

Details of the length of the walk and where to park etc. are at the end of the post.

Next to the viaduct is the stump of a much older viaduct built from 1859 This would have had a wooden construction supporting the railway lines - see photo at end of the post.  This proved to be a false economy so the current viaduct had to be built in 1899. 


For the start of the walk, go under the viaduct and keep on walking in a straight(ish) direction until you see the signs shown below - then continue to keep walking in a straight direction.


You will pass a few old cottages on the right hand side.


Further on there are  a couple of newish houses on the left. The one in my photo was once the local chapel. You can see the original window towards the right of the photo.


Keep walking and there is an abandoned building, on the left, once used within the china clay industry.


You will soon pass dog kennels on your left - the animals are all safely confined! Looking left after the kennels you'll see an old chimney - again once used in the china clay industry.


Keep walking in a straight direction along the lane.


Another house can be seen on the righthand side. I've always fancied this property.


They have an old signpost near the gate.


A small stream now follows, along the valley, on the right of the lane. The stream was once used for the panning of tin. Unfortunately my next two photos of the stream aren't too good as this was a blazing hot day. There were strong shadows and the water had virtually dried up. 




On the left is a large building. Yes you guessed:  once used in the china clay industry.


Carry on walking, passing a gate, which leads to a private area.




Keep walking and on the right you'll see the remnants of some china clay ovens.


The path is now quite straight for a while.


Ignore the track to the right and you will soon see ...


... a few old cottages.


You may also see the Public Footpath notice, but ignore this and keep walking in a  straight direction


By doing this you'll come to a gateway. Pass through this - no climbing necessary!


The path becomes a lot narrower.


It looks brighter out of the shadows.


Back to shadows again! 


Not to worry though as the path will soon lead to a road. At the road turn left. There is very little traffic. On my walk here I didn't see any vehicles - or meet any people!



From the lane there are pleasant views if you look to your left.


If it's a clear day you should be able to see the sea. The small tower in the far distance is Gribbin Head


Keep to the very  left of the road and you should soon be able to see a Public Footpath sign as indicated below -  which is a left turn from the road. Sometimes though, the sign is difficult to see.


The path doesn't really look like a public path as you will pass this house and a couple of other constructions. Keep to the left of the lane.


Pass by the side of the house as below.


It is now a case of following the path for quite a while.


The views are dependent on what the farmer has done with his fields, in this case growing corn. Sometimes there are views to the right towards the sea.


Looking left, as below.


Another view of the path.


Okay we are now approaching a house so - as Dionne Warwick used to sing - Walk on By. 


Unexpectedly we saw a Royal Mail van and he had to squeeze passed us. He wasn't a happy bunny as he grumpily bumped his way along the track.


Now we are coming to some civilisation. As soon as you reach the small housing estate walk down the immediate road going to the left (Trevanion Hill). It is quite narrow and goes downhill. Be careful, as it is often used by cars etc., especially if they are relying on a Sat Nav which, for some reason seems to think this is a short cut to several places.


Start to walk down the hill and on the right you'll see a wide gate  where there are views over to the viaduct where the walk started.


The next two photos were taken from the road, so you can see from the views that it is quite steep.




Nearly all over now. At the bottom of the  hill turn right and you'll soon be at the viaduct - where you started the walk.


So that's the Gover Valley walk in St. Austell, Cornwall. According to my wife's Fitbit the distance is  3.69 miles and the walk takes 2 hours and 10 minutes. You will also supposedly use 883 calories! The stats seem about right, as the last time I did the walk it took me two and a quarter hours.

As regards parking. There are usually several places to park a car in Gover Road. There is also  a sort of small, untidy, lay-by just after the viaduct on the left.

I think that wraps up today's post, other than the photo below. This shows how the first viaduct would have looked with the wooden construction for the train lines. No wonder it was replaced by all stone.

That's all for today, thanks for visiting my blog. You are welcome to leave a comment below.
All good wishes ~ Mike.

Friday, 12 August 2022

Sand, Sea and Sunshine at Newquay, Cornwall


After we eventually found somewhere to park our car in Newquay we wandered slowly along the cliffs, all was well with the world.


The weather was perfect and there were flowers along the cliff tops. Lewinnick Lodge could be seen on the Pentire Headland.


Looking back the Headland hotel can just be seen,  to the right of the photo.


 If you like sand and lots of elbow room the Gannel Estuary must be paradise - but beware of the tides, this can also be a dangerous place to swim or wade.


We noticed this memorial bouquet amongst the shrubs. A reminder, perhaps, to appreciate our loved ones.


It's quite pleasant to sit overlooking the sand dunes.


We then retraced our steps.


There was a reminder not to fall off the cliffs. We were happy to comply with the request.


Getting nearer to the Headland Hotel, built in 1897, and the popular Fistral beach.


A closer look at the majestic Headland Hotel. It was was opened in June 1900 and has hosted royalty. King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra were the first to stay at the hotel in the early 1900s. The current Prince of Wales (Prince Charles) and Princess Ann have also enjoyed several visits - at least I presume they enjoyed themselves! Hard to tell what they are thinking at times.


Gradually the colours of the evening could be seen.




During the day, in the summer months, cars are parked along the road ... 
... this is because there are paths leading to Fistral Beach and also many hotels  - with the Headland Hotel in the far distance.


That's all for today, all good wishes ~ Mike.

P.S. It's interesting how many people worldwide are interested in Cornwall. Here are the top 10 countries visiting my blog over the previous month.

(1) UK - I guess this is expected.
(2) USA
(3) Germany
(4) France
(5) Australia
(6) Canada
(7) Ireland
(8) Italy
(9) Russia - most unexpected!
(10) Netherlands

Friday, 5 August 2022

Flowers in my Cornwall Garden


As we had been away from home, for a break, on our return I wandered around our garden to see if it had survived okay without us and snapped a few photos.  The flowers in the photo below below are visitors, they often tumble over our neighbours fence to say hello.


The pansies seem to be quite shy and almost hidden away.


The dahlia, of course, are show offs - but we seem to have lost a few dahlia this year. They usually winter quite happily in the garden.






The gladioli are also very gaudy...


... as are the lilies.


The geraniums survived okay in their crib.


This is one of the fuchsia which stay in the garden all year round.


Passion flowers or Passiflora: they have spread so quickly over a garden wall. Lots of flowers this year.


We have several hydrangea, this one is from a cutting. The flower heads on the larger plants are quite heavy.


Finally something different - a peach tree! Well not quite but it may have peaches one day - perhaps. You may have seen my post Growing Apple Tree From A Pip. This is about how my wife grew an apple tree from a pip which has produced apples. She has now moved on to peaches! Not sure how many years I'll have to wait for any fruit, but I won't hold my breath. The apple tree took eight years!


 Thanks for visiting my blog.
All good wishes ~ Mike


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