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  "Each one [of the Earth's 5 million invertebrate species] plays a role in its ecosystem. It's like we're tearing the cogs out of a great machine. The machine might work after you tear out ten cogs, but what happens when you tear out a hundred?"— Scott Black,

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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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Walking blog: The philosophy of walking

The Lizard Peninsula Coast Path Walk Sept 2012

phoca thumb l 077 sea at church cove 2

How can you not be in awe of the south west coast path? In solidarity with the week before we were owed some more good weather and especially after the Lizard walking week in July which turned out to be the muddiest and wettest on record. And we were so rewarded for our nine guests who came from near and far for a walking week of utter pleasure. Coast path walking at its absolute best.

Our guests came from as far as Australia, Norway, the mighty Essex, Oxford, Stroud and Devon. We had bookings also from 18 months ago to one week before the start. Such disparity in geographical and temporal range but we were one solid group. Everyone had time for everybody else which makes for a very comfortable week for all. A week of pure joy.

The word for the week was undoubtedly "Undulations". When you walk the Lizard peninsula on the south west coast path you are ascending and descending a fair old bit. "We are not called walkitsuffolk" was the often relayed explanation on attainment of yet another wonderful view that involved a bit of leg and lung work (for those overseas, Suffolk is flat:-).

To see the difference between this and July's Lizard walk refresh your memory and view the July Lizard blog. Same landscape, different walk altogether. It is quite incredible how weather effects ones state of mind, the flora and fauna around you and the overall impression of a landscape. The same turf can be a battleground or a garden.

A recipe for the home of Hades or the Elysian Fields? Just add water!

phoca thumb m 008 the group at porthlevenphoca thumb s 002 red admiral butterflyphoca thumb m 013 on the move to gunwalloe

phoca thumb m 025 mullion cove and thriftphoca thumb s 024 mullion covephoca thumb m 039 soapy cove 2

phoca thumb m 049 kynance waves 3phoca thumb s 060 lizard sunsetphoca thumb m 072 pampas grass

phoca thumb m 003 spider at porthlevenphoca thumb s 079 fishing boat as arrangedphoca thumb m 070 large white

phoca thumb m 078 a snack at church covephoca thumb s 088 close encounterphoca thumb m 092 serpentine in the river

phoca thumb m 095 down to downas covephoca thumb s 119 a message on porth saxon beachphoca thumb m 113 half way marker at porthallow 3

phoca thumb m 122 when the going gets toughphoca thumb s 117 helford river 2phoca thumb m 068 housel bay 2

phoca thumb l 130 view from swanpool maenporth path