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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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I did it again this year. Booked another walking week with Paul after the nice walking week I had last year. Might do it again next year.

- Lenie B, Switzerland

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Walking from Port Quin to Rock via the Rumps and Polzeath

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Just down the coast from Doc Martins Port Isaac is a wonderful stretch of the South West Coast Path from Port Quin to Rock via the Rumps and Polzeath. Port Quin, also known as “the village that died” following all the men of the village being lost at sea in one incident. It is also known for a folly, Doyden Castle, utilised in the Poldark TV series and was used by a local man Samuel Symons for a bit of a hedonistic life.

Well, Martin (he of Adventureline walking holidays fame) and co pilot, me, went on a fab days walk from Port Quin on a sunny, but bracing day. On Remembrance Day all over the country a certain poem is read which Lawrence Binyon wrote. It begins and ends “They shall grow not old…..we will remember them”. It was composed from these very cliffs and there is a slate memorial to record this momentous spark of creativity.

As is with many creative endeavours, what has been created takes on a life of its own and reaches a wider audience than was originally imagined. Nowadays, and I talk from the musical angle, so much that is produced only has the global audience in mind that local inspiration and subjects are relegated to the obscure whilst individuals thrive for international recognition, thus diluting any idea or feel of the “local”.

Although it is an area of submerged volcanoes and there are pillow lava outcrops the slate is a wonderful combination of green and purple. The camera never lies. The Mouls is basically one island a few hundred metres out from the basalt that makes up the Rumps. It is a wonderful example of an Iron Age fort. The hard work that went in to create the three ramparts utilising the natural geology is inspiring and well worth visiting. We were treated to a great sunset today so over the whole day it was a triumph, a veritable panoply of colour.

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