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"It is the nature of the wise to resist pleasures, but the foolish to be a slave to them". – Epictetus

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We had a great time with you as our fearless guide. Loved it all especially the colours of Cornwall. We really enjoyed the pace of the walks. It allowed me to lag and take photos and be one with the land. Also it allowed me to fantasize about the smugglers and customs men dashing along the trails.

–Pam V, USA

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My personal philosophy of walking

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.

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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.

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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.

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Porthcothan, Treyarnon, Constantine, Mother Iveys and Harlyn Bays

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I have to remind myself that today I am the only one on the beach at Treyarnon whereas in high season there can be thousands of people staking their claim of their bit of beach. We are friends with a family who have sat year after year on the same part of the beach - for over 40 years. It proves that once in the blood, Cornwall is so hard to expunge.

We all love deserted beaches and today in March it is a mild day with little breeze. Just Jess and myself and a round walk of about 9 miles (16kms). I will put this walk up on the freebie page as today for the first time I  used my Memory Map GPS and so all the waypoints will be available once I get my head round how to convert it and put it on the website.

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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.

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Countryfile magazine the SWCP team and walkitcornwall

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Perceptions of place. I'll let you into a secret about being a guide. One of my jobs is not to say what I personally think but to give the opinions of the many who have been before. To unearth the myriad of facts, fables and personal stories and fine tune them into an interesting and entertaining sliver of information. Religion like politics can be a very emotive subject and likewise if you look at the many perceptions of what Cornwall is and means, it becomes an often divisive subject, full of emotion, differing interpretation of facts and historical ambiguities.

This is what has drawn me to the county and has influenced and formed my approach to guiding. The many aspects of Cornwall from the geology, flora and fauna to the maritime, industrial and religious heritage gives each place in Cornwall its own unique DNA.

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Port Isaac and Port Quin walk

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Yes there are loads of captions one could write. I won't succumb. The photo says it all. This was on the path that goes inland from Port Isaac to Port Quin with the folly of Doyden Castle in the background which was built by a local wealthy but infamous man, Samuel Symons as a pleasure house where he could enjoy life outside his tidy marriage with gambling and drinking. It can now be hired as a weekly residence from NT.

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Walking on the folds of Crackington Haven

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Friday the 13!! Worried? Us? No! However...... See the arch above, left hand side of the picture? We stopped before it whilst one of our party made a phonecall and to gather our thoughts before we moved on. I look around and some large pieces of rock, large enough to cause a fatality dropped off the top of the arch with a loud impact onto the rocks below. We live to tell the tale. Respect for the 13th and a Friday that accompanies it, from now on.

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walking group may 5th-12th 2012

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This year has already brought another mixture of weather. Summer in March, rainstorms in June. We play a good game when it comes to predicting the days weather and we again managed to get the best weather in the county and walked accordingly. This group care of Adventureline were from all over the world so we had to show the county at its best... and we didn't disappoint.

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Lamorna and Mousehole January walk

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Aaaaah! A collective sigh for the new year. After all the festivities it is great to get out and about and do what the legs and muscles have been screaming to do. And what weather we have had.

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Local walks in Cornwall around Mawnan and Constantine

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We often overlook what is closest to us, whether physically in our landscape or personally in our relationships with others. Accordingly, local walks are often more revealing than ones that are taken far from home. We have expectations that the further we travel and the more exotic we encounter and the more dramatic the terrain, then the more exciting and majestic the views will be. The point is do we need to understand what is further away and out of our local sphere to appreciate what we have, who we are and what we are part of?

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FRAWF walk


Cornwall is blessed with so many wonderful habitats and scenery that it is often a great idea to promote a single area for a festival. The problem only starts when one has to define the boundaries to include and exclude some areas from others. The Fal River estuary has up to 160kms (100m) of shoreline if one includes the Helford rivers' 42 kms and the south west coast path up to Portloe.

The Fal River Autumn Walking Festival spopnsored by the Nare Hotel has just had its inaugural set of walks. A variety of guides and walks were provided from wild food walks with Rachel Lambert to National Trust walks lead by Neil Stevenson amongst others. We have had nordic walking, walks on the maritime heritage of Falmouth and many downloadable self guided walks.

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