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"If you really want to do something, you'll find a way. If you don't you'll find an excuse". - Jim Rohn

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 I just wanted to thank you again for a really lovely week's walking. We could not have been more blessed with the weather, and seeing those glorious beaches and panoramic views without the summer crowds was exceptional. 

–Jillian P, UK

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Walking blog: The philosophy of walking

Natural Relationships?

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I haven't written a blog for a couple of years! That's about to change.

Having watched Cornwall close down in the main for business over the winter and open up now with Spring firmly established it occurred to me that it is blindingly obvious that nature doesn't close down for anything. It obligingly carries on undiminished, undisturbed, uninfluenced by anything but its own forces and innate raison d'etre for where we can only be voyeurs, commentators and observers of its own free will.

The seas unceasingly crash onto where it meets solid rock, winds whip up and birds eddy and cry. They are not turned off disneyesque-like until those odd paying humans come along between the hours of daylight and dusk. Nature does what it does without effort, without having a grandiose scheme to buy into whether we are there to observe or not. I often sit at New Years Eve watching others watching the celebrations (as a musician or watching the world firework displays) thinking that these human productions that we are so effusive about are nothing compared to the wonders we are missing "out there" away from the madding crowd. I always wish I was sitting quietly, as ever in awe, on a cliff top or in a wood listening, touching, smelling and watching.. nothing but the immensity of nature.



beech tree at Scotts Quay

Cornwall is open for business

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Whenever the general press report on disaster areas, wars and the like I always feel that there should be a website, programme or paper of the follow up so you get the full and finished story. Do people read a book and miss the last chapter? Do they watch three quarters of a whodunit? So why is there a need for a collection of businesses getting together to tell the world that despite the awful problems we had in the south west where businesses and livelihoods were badly affected, that we need to get together to tell the world that we are ok, we are resilient, we are proactive and that the majority of businesses are open and ready for trade.

The South West Coast Path has been affected with no more path diversions that a year ago. there are 300 miles of Coast path to walk with the majority of it as beautiful as it was and has been for millennia. Walking in Cornwall has always been a delight and 2014 is no different. 


Mud mud glorious.....


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So what do you want to know that this picture can't tell you? What can one say about this weather? The Thesaurus has many words for Unprecedented:- abnormal, yup; exceptional, right; freakish, definately; unheard of, unparallelled yes the list goes on which are factually correct descriptions of the Cornwall summer, and elsewhere I hear you cry- well that's impossible actually over fibre optics but you get my gist.


The Lizard Peninsula Coast Path Walk Sept 2012

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How can you not be in awe of the south west coast path? In solidarity with the week before we were owed some more good weather and especially after the Lizard walking week in July which turned out to be the muddiest and wettest on record. And we were so rewarded for our nine guests who came from near and far for a walking week of utter pleasure. Coast path walking at its absolute best.


Tilleys are not just for xmas. They're for life

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Anthropomorphising is dangerous for professional naturalists but I swear this hat is smiling. And so it should be, it is new, it is on Dartmoor and usually on my head! My new Tilley is hanging around on a hawthorn tree on Dartmoor. Alas my old Tilley has served me well but has gone to the great hat stand in the sky to serve Telly Savalas, Yul Brynner and that little bloke whom Benny Hill used to pat very hard.


Two guides two guests

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Both Martin from Adventureline and I had one guest each this week so what better than to get together and give our guests the benefit of two enthusiasts and guides. A case of 2 for the price of 1. It also gave us a chance to do some linear walks by leaving one car at the end of the walk and driving to the beginning. Whilst not our regular practice and in keeping with our green ethic it was a case of managing to do walks we hadn't done for years and working out how these walks could be done as a circular in the future.


Dartmoor and wild camping on a wet June

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We are arranging a walking week on Dartmoor for all and sundry next year. June 2013. For those who don't know (and why don't you?) Dartmoor is a National Park across the Cornwall border in Devon and is a spectacular mainly granite moorland with 50% of its landscape above 300 metres. It has wonderful ancient woodlands, archaeological remains from the Bronze Age, moss covered boulders in river valleys and high tors amidst beautifully bleak high moorland where Dartmoor ponies run wild. And so much more.

It is really just too immense to capture in words and photos and much too much for this mortal's heart and imagination. Interested? Read on and get in touch and I will send a brochure.


Another walking week in July in Cornwall.

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This is a new palette of colours that caught my eye. Cornwall continually produces a visual feast throughout the year in different habitats and at the whim of the non conforming weather events. Whilst many may moan about the lack of blue skies I for one revel in the endless creativitiy of the clouds and the hues produced in the flora, bursting into life and battling with the interplay of the excess of sun and rain.


Guided walking break in Cornwall: the cult of the fruitcake festival

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If you think of a passion, something that you really like, chances are that in America there will be a festival dedicated to it. The obvious ones are music, cultural, rodeo and sports festivals. Oh yes... and food. Now we have our own Oyster festival here in Falmouth and in the good ol' US of A they do have their pumpkin, seafood and more oddly a Banana festival in Wilmington Ohio. But my guests this week were not just participants but the organisers of the famous, well famous in Inyo county, California, Fruitcake festival....Don't ask, just Google, it will be easier.


A walking week in Cornwall in July

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Following the worst week of rain and mud in Cornwall for a long while it was with trepidation that we awaited what the heavens would offer. Well we were lucky with most of the days whilst one day we went to the fabulous Heartlands in Pool to see the mining heritage come alive. The site pushes the point that Cornwall whilst it wasn't the centre of the Industrial Revolution it certainly dominated the copper and tin output of the world for a long time. It gave the world "the Hard Rock men" the diaspora spread to all corners of the world with their nous about mining.


Budock Vean hotel walking break 2012

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Whilst we were entertained by the heavens opening on the first day the sun shone and mud dried out a smidgen. Visibility stretched to the undulating horizons and the lightly travelled, almost forgotten local footpaths transfixed us with their array of flowers, spring growth and tree cover. We traversed sunken lanes and footpaths that linked church to community and estate to workers cottages in former times. The winding roads followed the contours of the landscape in no hurry to get their travellers anywhere in particular at any great speed as if in deference to the views one would miss if travelling in haste.