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  "If your knees aren't green by the end of the day, you ought to seriously re-examine your life." — Bill Watterson, "Calvin and Hobbes"

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Back in Germany, we love remembering the wonderful week we had walking with you along the coasts of Cornwall. The pictures on your blog are beautiful!

– Ruprecht and Ilona, Germany

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My personal philosophy of walking

Weather predicting. Art or luck?

photo laughing on the south west coast path

Walking in bad weather is better than sitting in an office in good weather.

Bad weather still means good walking; it’s just that great weather usually means great walking. So the game to be played with Mother Nature is how to be walking in good weather all week.

When mist and fog envelope the bays and headlands further up and down the coast from where you are standing in clear visibility one can be tempted to entertain smugness but pride comes before a fall so let it be fleeting.

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Autumns approach: An awareness of change

autumnal waves the sea at Carn les boel walking in cornwall

Intensity: Wind: Light: Waves: Perfect insects’ final dance: Natures last throw of the dice: Birds knowledgeable, warbling their mournful autumnal tunes. Blink and you miss the subtlety of change; the announcement that we are in the death throws of growth and vibrancy and we are entering the time of decay, death and reinvention.

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So many butterflies in Cornwall

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Butterflies are invertebrates, having a back bone or more accurately jointed limbs, from the group “Anthropoda”. Moving down the taxonomic classification they are from the order Lepidoptera which means “scale wings” which describes the scaly membrane that gives them their unique colours. Having said that look at the photo of the Red Admiral- more orange than red.

One thing I didn’t know for a while was that some species of butterflies live for a few days (common blue) whilst most can hibernate and live on to the following spring. Some over winter as larvae and others as full adults. Others are migrants from warmer climes.

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The shape of topiary in the Mendips

The shape of topiary on a walk in the Mendips with walkitcornwall

This topiary was seen on a walk in the Mendips when I was up there recently with the family. Now call me old fashioned but am I missing something here or are these topiary shapes, well you know, rather obvious?

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Lizard Peninsula walking holiday in Cornwall 2011

birds-in-the-sea at kennack sands lizard peninsula cornwall

The Lizard coastal walk. 60kms or 37.5 miles of coast path from Porthleven to Helford on the Helford River around the Southernmost point of the UK.

It is the beauty of the place, unrivalled even within the county of Cornwall that brings so many people back here year after year and keeps us locals revisiting on a weekly basis. The colours and light forever changing and reinventing the words that describe a beautiful landscape.

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Colours and moods whilst walking in Cornwall

heathers on a guided walking vacation in Cornwall

The moods and colours of the landscape in Cornwall vary from day to day and I feel are more intensive in this county than elsewhere. It has a lot to do with the light and the fact that Cornwall is a stick of rock out in the Atlantic surrounded by the vast expanse of sea, which affects the light particles. The schools of painters that have made Cornwall their home understood this.

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Clouds on an invisible track

clouds-on-the-camel walking holiday in cornwall walkitcornwall

What is it about September photos that are so different from the rest of the year? Suddenly we have processions of clouds from the South West to the North East following the hidden track of the predominant winds like hangers on a rail.

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What the devil's going on? Is it a frying pan or what?

butter hole padstow walking vacation in cornwall walkitcornwall

 

We contemplated the name, the Devil’s Frying Pan near Cadgwith on the Lizard peninsula, because I mistakenly called it the Devil’s Punchbowl, after the so named place in Surrey. Well obviously it was something kitchen related. So where in the UK is the Devils Fondue Set, I wonder?

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Whose "sori" now?

sori on fern feb 2010
(Say with a Clouseau accent until you laugh) “Sorry, I’m on the fern”. Clutch one of the 53 species in Britain to your ear as you walk down a damp, enclosed sunken lane or a path in a wood. Yup, pteridophytes can be fun, even if it has taken them 400 million years to be included in a one-liner. Oh and please don’t pick a fresh one, that’s the countryside code.

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Colours, laughter and 13 is not an unlucky number.

porthbeor beach walking break in cornwall walkitcornwall

This week was full of international stories, lots of laughter and practical jokes, slating and all round tomfoolery by all. Turning strangers into great friends takes some doing in such a short space of time. But this is Cornwall and the shared experience; beautiful views and journeys make it so easy. Walkers tend to be giving, open, like-minded creatures. So why am I constantly surprised that all went well?

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Low tide scrambling. The Cornwall coast is a new land.

The Camel estuary on a walking vacation in Cornwall

Very low tides mean scrambling! Very low tides mean you can see the Cornish landscape from an unusual angle where the sea floor is revealed and a different vista can be enjoyed. Caves can be explored, geology viewed close up that might not be exposed further up on the Coast Path. New beaches are yours to run about on whilst islands, so often out of reach can be accessed and conquered.

Low tide coastline becomes a new playground for walkers.

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Walking holiday in Cornwall A week in June 2011

camel-estuary walking holiday in Cornwall wanderurlaub in Cornwall

A multicultural meeting of minds (and legs). And one hen pecked guide (yeah right).

The week promised and delivered good weather which lifted spirits, enhanced colours and brought the best out of people. The drab moods of Monday gave way to enthusiasm and joy at the aquamarines and mauves of the Camel estuary. I’ve never seen such blues, greens and colours which I have no names for but they assaulted my retinas with such severity. Blessed, we were.

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