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"We try to connect the sensations of the body with the paths we cross"- Emmanuel Gault

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Of course Paul’s deep knowledge of the region, its flora and its beauties – and not to forget his patience and his humor – have made me feel like it all was too short.  As a result, my eyes and my brain are full of new images and new knowledge.

– Jean-Claude B, Switzerland.


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Walking blog: The philosophy of walking

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 walks include some hidden gems; of paths infrequently traversed, full of history and stories of local folk. The break builds up a picture of the surrounding area within which the hotel stands. We are aware that many regular guests do not know many of the paths or indeed the history of the area, which includes Iron Age settlements; pirates from Africa, the Intelligence services and famous immigrants of the 2nd world War and European designated Conservation Areas with unique flora and fauna.

But isn’t that the case where one neglects the local but become passionate, interested and knowledgeable about areas far from home?

There were three walks back to the Budock Vean Hotel. The first started from Brill Hill, the highest point around Constantine at 165m above sea level, south west through Constantine Woods, Polwheveral Creek and Port Navas via the granite quarries and old mines of the area. Lunch at the Waymarker Cafe at Trewardreva near Constantine. Day two we walked from Falmouth Docks along the coast back to Helford Passage with lunch at the Cove restaurant at Maenporth. The third day we travelled south of the Helford River to Mawgan church through the wonderful Trelowarren Estate on the quiet roads around Mudgeon and up Frenchmans Creek to Helford with the ferry care of Helford River Boats. Lunch at the New Yard restaurant on the Trelowarren Estate. 14 people on day 1 and 14 people still happy and walking and chatting and giving me grief on day three, threatening to come back again.

I’m getting paranoid! I go out walking and all these people keep following me.

 

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