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"One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors". – Plato

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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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Boxing Day walk Tregenna Castle Hotel

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Walking around Christmas. Guilt or Excuse to over indulge? I do find that walking is very popular over the holidays around this year. Funny that or is it something to do with new year resolutions? Yeah right. The word calories comes up quite often. Then again people talk as if they have been stood over by somebody wielding an implement of torture forcing another morcel and cholestrol busting parcel down the ever-weakening person in question.

Over the xmas period the Tregenna Castle Hotel in St Ives and the Budock Vean Hotel on the Helford River have some very willing and regular walkers. We are like old friends re engaging with the local scenery. Boxing day it was the Tregenna and we took a couple of hours to go up to Knills Monument and take in the wonderful views up the north coast over St Ives Bay to Godrevy Island and beyond. Why is there a triangular steeple on top of a hill? In short John Knill built this Mausoleum in 1782 leaving £25 to pay for a ceremony to be performed every five years which involves a fiddler, two widows and ten young girls, daughters of fishermen or tinners who dance and sing around the monument. A more detailed explanation is here.

We had six people on the walk, which included a couple that organise walks for the Walk Scilly festival. Walk Scilly 2011 is happening again. Now normally walking around St Ives involves the town walk but from the Knill Monument we went through some wonderful woods, Steeple Woods which is part of a community nature reserve, the Steeple Woodland Nature Reserve. All people working on the landscaping are volunteers and you can see that a lot of tender loving care and replanting is ongoing. A proper job! Act local, think, well, local too!

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