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  "There is always music amongst the trees in the garden, but our hearts must be very quiet to hear it."— Minnie Aumonier

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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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Walking with the Budock Vean Hotel New Years Day 2011

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Happy New Year!! (or should I be saying that quietly)? Years ago I wouldn't have ventured out of my bedroom on New Years Day let alone go outside into the world with all that light and noise...and people.

Once again there were two walks over the New Year with the Budock Vean Hotel (the other one was on the 29th December from Church Cove, Gunwalloe on the Lizard peninsula to the Polurrian Hotel for lunch). Both walks are featured here in this blog. The 29th had some spectacular seascapes, no wind but a heavy swell. The Church on the beach is a must for a visitation. In the graveyard there is a testimony to the unfortunate circumstances of war. A young boy evacuated from London in the 2nd World War was victim to a bomb that fell on a local house.

Overall though, it is the sight of a church secluded behind the dunes that is so compelling. 15 of us on the 29th enjoyed a wonderful lunch at the Polurrian. There was 29 of us for the New Years day walk from Nansidwell down through the woods to Gatemala Cove, onto Rosemullion Head, past Saxon Beach, through Durgan and back up between Trebah and Glendurgan gardens to the Budock Vean. Rosemullion Head on a wind free and clear day has an unparalleled view, hard to top around the Falmouth area. With views over the Carrick Roads water to St Mawes and beyond to the east, to the entrance of the Helford River and the coast of the Lizard peninsula to the west, you can view the coast path that stretches 20 miles either way. The walk, and bear in mind that we are talking 1pm New Years Day was only marred by some unfortunate locals who, on seeing a vast amount of walkers, declared that "they are going to let their dog off the lead so beware"?! This large young dog created a bit of a stir for many of our walkers, many of whom have walking sticks.

Whenever I have heard a local Cornish person, and there are luckily not even a handful in my experience, that start an argument with "I'm local, born and bred" I don't even bother with a logical retort. Xenophobia be it British, Cornish or religious means tunnel vision to the exclusion of fair mindedness, empathy and mutual respect. We were a bit shaken as a group and not a great welcome to New Years Day but we all shrugged it off with a joke or two and proceeded on our walk with a cream tea (guilt free) awaiting back at the Budock Vean Hotel. 

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