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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 holiday in Cornwall May 9th-13th 2011

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It’s a back-to-back walking week, in fact the third week in a row and we are still awaiting a heavy downpour. Oh, I spoke too soon. Monday morning it fell down as we headed to Portreath. But ten minutes of delaying tactics in the van, chatting about the symbols of Cornwall and the reintroduction of the Chough and the clouds cleared, the rain stopped and off we went on our first of five days of walking. Not a drop of rain for the next four and a half days with the wind veering from the south to the north west by Friday.


Budock Vean Hotel walking break 2011


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It’s our fifth year leading the walking break at the Budock Vean Hotel. 14 guests this year. Unbelievably some people are back for the fifth time. Are they waiting for us to get it right? Or are they actually enthusiastic about our walks? We have changed the format this year in that we are taken 7 miles away from the hotel and then we force our guests to walk back with our principal guide and owner of walkitcornwall Paul Simmons.


Walking holiday in Cornwall April 2011


It felt like summer with five days of non-stop sunshine and from walking in sandals I am already striped like a zebra on my feet (if it is one zebra surely it should be many zebrii?).


Holywell Bay and our fave cave on a walking holiday

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How does a county without a geological history of lime rich rocks have caves with amazing formations one would expect to see in the Limestone country of the north? Holywell Bay at low tide is a “must visit” for anyone who loves to see the unusual and the beautiful. You don’t have to be a geology buff! I repeat, if you want a day with a big Wow in it, then check your tide tables out.


Geology on the Lizard - A french school visit.

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If you know your geology of Brittany then the words schist and pink granite will sprinkle the conversation. These are common on the Lizard. Today it was a pleasure to welcome to our peninsula 43 students and three teachers from the Kerichen school from Brest. Having spent overnight on the ferry across from France and then a coach trip from Plymouth to the Lizard, they still managed to remain interested, proactive and continually inquisitive about the landscape. They were a fabulous group and a credit to their school and teachers.


Cornwall Wildlife Trust's awesome enthusiasm for nature

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Cornwall Wildlife Trust would be squillionaires if staff enthusiasm and dedication alone could be converted to and measured in pounds sterling. This is the paradox. How to reconcile and balance the time and effort given to working towards a better Environment (big E) with raising the money to fund it all. Today was an eye opener on how such organisations like CWT, who prove time and time again, proactively, how to be stewards of the natural cycle, are struggling with such a dilemma.


A call to arms, sorry legs.... and feet

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It’s hard, this job, working out where to walk for future clients. Believe that? No, I wouldn’t. A solo walk can be an introspective, selfish existence so one has to remember to have the critical eye, to put yourself in someone else’s shoes, so to speak which is, may I add, not to be recommended on a proper walk.


Little White Alice eco holiday self catering cottages in Cornwall

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Little White Alice is a complex of the highest quality eco cottages with its own 25 acres within the granite heartland of Cornwall. It is aimed at the self-catering fraternity who love large spaces both indoor and outdoor. This is the standard by which sustainable holidays should be judged in the present and in the future. It is quite simply, an amazing vision that has come alive and is ready for your arrival.

Rosie and Simon welcomed Ceri and myself to take a look around and talk about providing the best low impact eco accommodation and walking holiday in Cornwall. Check their site out now for details of the hard work and effort that they have put in to get this project up and running.


When life flashes past mine eyes, what colours they shall be.

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Temperatures reach the high teens centigrade wise, which is evocative of late spring, early summer territory. Shorts are out, legs are embarrassingly pale and the tendons and sinews are just not taut enough for one to step out without acknowledging that tomorrow could all go pear shaped when it comes to getting out of bed and walking down stairs. But what the hell, this is another amazing day's weather and the colours cannot get better. Surely?


Birch bark canoe at National Maritime Museum Falmouth

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Whilst discussing the forthcoming Falmouth Spring Festival walks programme with Tamsin Loveless of the National Maritime Museum in Falmouth we walked past a canvas covered exhibit that has hit International headlines, here in the UK and especially in Canada. The world’s oldest birch bark canoe was discovered on the Enys Estate recently and has been moved to the NMMC for restoration and exhibiting.


The pure joy of walking. Bedruthan Steps on a low spring tide.

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What makes a perfect walking day? Weather and landscape? Companions and conversation? For me it is being in the moment but extending that for a whole day where all the factors mentioned interact in mutual benefit seamlessly and continuously.


Grand piano found on Miami Beach. Musician confesses.

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An email dropped into my in tray at 7.30a.m this morning. By 9a.m I had made my confession to the BBC. A Grand Piano had indeed washed up on a sand bar on Miami Beach. I feel duty bound to admit to the fact that we could have been responsible for this aquatic fly tipping incident.