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"We are all lying in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars". - Oscar Wilde

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We really have had a wonderful walking tour. Good times together and enjoying each others company.

– William and Hedy, Singapore

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My personal philosophy of walking

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What have doctors, dentists, car breakdown services and Cornwall Air Ambulance Service got in common? You see them once, give them money and hopefully never see them again.


Economic value of nature: National Ecosystem Assessment

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The arrogance of mankind.

Two articles caught my eye this morning. The first was that Christiana Figueres of the UN has said that we should limit climate change to 1.5 degrees C. This has “shocked” certain developed nations who want it to remain at 2 degrees as it was agreed last year unilaterally at Cancun, Mexico. The second story involves putting a value on nature under the National Ecosystem Assessment (NEA).


The solitude of walking. Walking as a small group.

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You can fall in love with the Cornwall landscape over and over again. As much as group dynamics and interaction might be important for some the solitude of being immersed in this unique county alone brings its own rich rewards. Whether we go walking with 14 people like a few weeks ago (see the blog above) or with one person like it was this week the effect on ones wellbeing is immeasurable.


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.


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.


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?


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.


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.


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.