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We had a great time with you as our fearless guide. Loved it all especially the colours of Cornwall. We really enjoyed the pace of the walks. It allowed me to lag and take photos and be one with the land. Also it allowed me to fantasize about the smugglers and customs men dashing along the trails.

–Pam V, USA


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Walking blog: The philosophy of walking

Snow 175m up at Halvasso Cornwall in November

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A snowscape presents us with one of the more beautiful and romantic interpretations of nature. The sudden adornment of all surfaces with snow is a great leveller and reminds us to respect the variations in weather. Its homogenising visual effect on the landscape make us view our neighbourhood as a whole unifying vista where often travelled paths and land merge into a new and unfamiliar version of a locale we know so well.

Predicting snow is a perilous business. Getting it right is so important to each and everybody’s routine. The warmth of the sea, the land, the air, the height of the landscape, the wind direction, velocity, cloud cover:- the variables are so complex. If sun and warmth is predicted and it turns out wet and misty, then there are a few moans one one side and a few red faces on the other. Not predicting any snow (and the famous 1987 Hurricane) can be a matter of life and death and can often encourage erratic food purchasing behavioural frenzy.

Oh yes, one tends to discover the reason for having two pointy things just below the pelvis that alternate in their forward motion whilst engaged in the higher ideal of causing the propulsion of ones body to move from a to b. LEGS. Brilliant things. Sir George M Trevelyan said (I paraphrase) “I have two doctors, my left leg and my right”.

These photos were taken the morning of the 27th November at Halvasso, Cornwall. What is so striking is the varying shapes of the clouds, from whispy and streaked to voluminous and gorged, the portent in the sky of possible weather to come.

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