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I want to say again thank you so much for making my first visit to Cornwall in more years than I care to remember so memorable.

– Helen M, UK

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Walking blog: The philosophy of walking

The St Michael's Hotel press walkitcornwall tour of Cornwall

St Michael's Hotel press tour with walkitcornwall at Mullion Cove Lizard

Those wonderful people of St Michael’s Hotel, Falmouth have had various members of the Press down for a few days. They invited walkitcornwall to take them around for a tour for two and a half hours. Loving a challenge the planning was more of a headache of what to leave out than what to put in.

As a firm believer that it is the journey and not the destination (ok we HAVE to have a few Ta Da’s! somewhere towards the climax) I wanted to show off the infrequently used wooded and winding back roads of the Helford river as well as the majestic cliffs and bays of the Lizard Coast.

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Amazing blue tit photos. A robin, a great tit and a song thrush too.

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"A picture paints a thousand words" so sang David Gates as did Telly Savalas in the song "If". So here are a few action shots of our garden birds feeding on peanuts and the high rise bird canteen.

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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.

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Snow 175m up at Halvasso Cornwall in November

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A snowscape presents us with one of the more beautiful and romantic interpretations of nature. The sudden adornment of all surfaces with snow is a great leveller and reminds us to respect the variations in weather. Its homogenising visual effect on the landscape make us view our neighbourhood as a whole unifying vista where often travelled paths and land merge into a new and unfamiliar version of a locale we know so well.

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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.

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Sad plastic faces on the beach

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The fact that there is plastic on every single beach in the world and found, when dissected by marine biologists, in the guts of all seabirds, one realises the extent of the problem. It is a clear indicator of the throwaway society that we promote and accept. A consequence or just sheer laziness. In accord with the likes of Surfers Against Sewage it would be fitting if there was an outrage against the plastic clutter just as there is when man made problems arise relating to the sea and the coastline that we enjoy so much.

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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.

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Paul on BBC Countryfile

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The BBC wanted someone with a story or two about the coast path. Via recommendation from the South West Coast Path Association and the South West Coast Path team they ended up with me!? Matt Baker was the interviewer and through a few contacts of mine we managed to get close to Nare Point on the North East tip of the Lizard peninsula. For the record we did two other places and stories but they alas are on the cutting room floor.

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Sunset over St Michael's Mount.

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There are sunsets in Cornwall and there are sunsets! Jess the dog and I were chomping at the bit figuratively speaking. Snow and ice was receding and it was the first proper walk for weeks. So we went to the south coast between Prussia Cove and St Michaels Mount. We were rewarded not only with an ever changing and spectacular sunset but also a close encounter with a common Buzzard (Buteo buteo).

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Autumnal sunrises

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The Autumn sunrises are a welcome diversion from the longer nights and the darker mornings. The leaves are dropping, there is a nip in the evening air and it is a daily puzzle deciding when autumn has really started and the Indian summer has finally burnt out.

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Snowvember: Ice stalactites in Cornwall

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Snowvember! Siberian Cornwall defrosts slowly from the sea level up. Here at 175m our roads are untreated so we’re slip slidin’ away unable to reach even our nearest neighbours on the road. The cleared main roads are a mile away. In our fields a hamlet of snow people of varying shapes and sizes mysteriously appear accompanied by the whoops of joy from three, now-you-see-them-now-you don’t, under 12’s.

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Moody seas and 50 words for precipitation

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This was a week of the Moody Sea! Water can take on an assortment of moods, colours and shapes. The Inuit have at least 50 words for snow. I think we should attempt the same for how water falls from the sky in the UK and how it behaves around the coast.

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