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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

Paul on BBC Countryfile

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The BBC wanted someone with a story or two about the coast path. Via recommendation from the South West Coast Path Association and the South West Coast Path team they ended up with me!? Matt Baker was the interviewer and through a few contacts of mine we managed to get close to Nare Point on the North East tip of the Lizard peninsula. For the record we did two other places and stories but they alas are on the cutting room floor.


Autumnal sunrises

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The Autumn sunrises are a welcome diversion from the longer nights and the darker mornings. The leaves are dropping, there is a nip in the evening air and it is a daily puzzle deciding when autumn has really started and the Indian summer has finally burnt out.


Moody seas and 50 words for precipitation

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This was a week of the Moody Sea! Water can take on an assortment of moods, colours and shapes. The Inuit have at least 50 words for snow. I think we should attempt the same for how water falls from the sky in the UK and how it behaves around the coast.


Family tour of the Lizard Peninsula

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One family from Belgium arrived at the Polurrian Hotel on the Lizard and requested a day tour in Ellie the VW Caravelle – so named by our children. We were greatly rewarded on our 60 mile tour all around the Lizard peninsula and the Helford River with fabulous light, turning tides and some rare plants (Babingtons Leeks). Oh and a seal came up to greet us at the Southernmost Point.


One on one camping with my children

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One on one camping trips with ones children is a joy. It’s a selfish reciprocal guilty pleasure in that both parties get the other all to themselves. I’m yours and you’re mine for 24 hours. When three children into two adults mathematically and temporally don’t go there is a certain equality, calmness and insight within ones relationship with each offspring that you just don’t get any other time until you spend one on one time. What you get out of one on one just doesn’t happen with any other configuration.


Serpentine, shipwrecks and kestrels

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The hovering kestrel always amazes me as they can remain fixed in the sky with hardly any effort whatever the strength or direction of the wind.

The object on Pentreath beach is the boiler from the Maud a 79-ton steam trawler that broke loose from its tug on February 11th 1912. At low tide it can be seen but its size is only apparent when someone stands next to it. I would like to thank the person who modelled the boiler for the benefit of the wider public.


Walking in Cornwall in August- is it a trick of the mind?

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The sheer drop on the north coast around Portreath is spectacular. There is a particular sense of powerlessness one gets when close to the edge, a paradox to the fact that one is indeed in control like at no other time over both the joy of living and the despair of not wanting to live. One can only imagine how the internal mental fight is playing out at the border of land and sea. People are drawn to this border of landscape and ocean where many battles have been fought both geologically and physically by human kind when forced against one another. Presently we can gaze in awe at the spectacle, hopefully realising our place within the story of the planet along with our immense imposition that we have made. What might emerge to some are clear choices as to our potential and future relationship with what some call Gaia – a planetary sized self regulating organism.


Rock Pooling parts 1-100


Some rock pooling sessions are better than others. We’ve all had days where all you get are a few small porcelain crabs when you’re looking for large feisty Velvet swimming crabs. Even the anemones float with a disinterested shimmy. But not today. We were blessed with pipefish, ragworms, prawns, porcelain, shore, hermit, edible and velvet crabs, brittle stars, cushion stars, blenny’s and the Cornish clingfish.


Walking in Cornwall in August- is it a trick of the light?

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There is an explosion of colour when the sun is out, the gorse and heathers are in full bloom and the sea is that aquamarine, turquoise that gives the place the nickname of the Cornish Riviera. On the walkitcornwall website there are quite a few photos with the vibrant colour mix of sea, heather, gorse and rocks that will be forever burned into my memory. Musically there are soundtracks to ones life. These are the hues of my life.


Jess the dog: walkitcornwall's principal guide

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Introducing Jess our principal guide.  How remiss of us not to mention "she who must be followed". Jess our cross gsd/lab has been with us for seven years. A softy who absolutely loves people and walking (and markies). We rehoused her and renamed her (from Xena) when we got her from Molly Wyatts near Hayle. She is as playful and docile as they come and just loves leading walks all over Cornwall especially the Coast Path.


Walking visitors from Germany and an old friend

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Visitors from Germany and a regular walking friend. Working in partnership with the St Michaels Hotel in Falmouth we picked up four delightful people on the Tuesday and added our old mate Terry on Thursday. We had a mixture of weather with the evocative coastal mists on the first morning and breaking clouds and sunshine on the remainder of the other two days.


The unofficial Cornwall tourism photo SHOOT!

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"If a picture paints a thousand words" (lyrics courtesy of "If" by David Gates). Here's a sign I saw somewhere on the Roseland peninsula yesterday. We won't name and shame as it is meant to be humorous. Isn't it?