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"My vicinity affords many good walks, and though I have walked almost every day for so many years, and sometimes for several days together, I have not yet exhausted them. An absoutely new prospect is a great happiness, and I can still get this any afternoon. Two or three hours’ walking will carry me to as strange a country as I expect ever to see. A single farm-house which I had not seen before is sometimes as good as the dominions of the king of Dahomey. There is in fact a sort of harmony discoverable between the capabilities of the landscape within a circle of ten miles’ radius, or the limits of an afternoon walk, and the three-score-years and ten of human life. It will never become quite familiar to you". - Henry David Thoreau

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We really have had a wonderful walking tour. Good times together and enjoying each others company.

– William and Hedy, Singapore

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Budock Vean Hotel walking break 2011


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It’s our fifth year leading the walking break at the Budock Vean Hotel. 14 guests this year. Unbelievably some people are back for the fifth time. Are they waiting for us to get it right? Or are they actually enthusiastic about our walks? We have changed the format this year in that we are taken 7 miles away from the hotel and then we force our guests to walk back with our principal guide and owner of walkitcornwall Paul Simmons.

The walks include some hidden gems; of paths infrequently traversed, full of history and stories of local folk. The break builds up a picture of the surrounding area within which the hotel stands. We are aware that many regular guests do not know many of the paths or indeed the history of the area, which includes Iron Age settlements; pirates from Africa, the Intelligence services and famous immigrants of the 2nd world War and European designated Conservation Areas with unique flora and fauna.

But isn’t that the case where one neglects the local but become passionate, interested and knowledgeable about areas far from home?

There were three walks back to the Budock Vean Hotel. The first started from Brill Hill, the highest point around Constantine at 165m above sea level, south west through Constantine Woods, Polwheveral Creek and Port Navas via the granite quarries and old mines of the area. Lunch at the Waymarker Cafe at Trewardreva near Constantine. Day two we walked from Falmouth Docks along the coast back to Helford Passage with lunch at the Cove restaurant at Maenporth. The third day we travelled south of the Helford River to Mawgan church through the wonderful Trelowarren Estate on the quiet roads around Mudgeon and up Frenchmans Creek to Helford with the ferry care of Helford River Boats. Lunch at the New Yard restaurant on the Trelowarren Estate. 14 people on day 1 and 14 people still happy and walking and chatting and giving me grief on day three, threatening to come back again.

I’m getting paranoid! I go out walking and all these people keep following me.


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