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

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Walking blog: The philosophy of walking

Port Isaac and Port Quin walk

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Yes there are loads of captions one could write. I won't succumb. The photo says it all. This was on the path that goes inland from Port Isaac to Port Quin with the folly of Doyden Castle in the background which was built by a local wealthy but infamous man, Samuel Symons as a pleasure house where he could enjoy life outside his tidy marriage with gambling and drinking. It can now be hired as a weekly residence from NT.

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walking group may 5th-12th 2012

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This year has already brought another mixture of weather. Summer in March, rainstorms in June. We play a good game when it comes to predicting the days weather and we again managed to get the best weather in the county and walked accordingly. This group care of Adventureline were from all over the world so we had to show the county at its best... and we didn't disappoint.

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Local walks in Cornwall around Mawnan and Constantine

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We often overlook what is closest to us, whether physically in our landscape or personally in our relationships with others. Accordingly, local walks are often more revealing than ones that are taken far from home. We have expectations that the further we travel and the more exotic we encounter and the more dramatic the terrain, then the more exciting and majestic the views will be. The point is do we need to understand what is further away and out of our local sphere to appreciate what we have, who we are and what we are part of?

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FRAWF walk

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Cornwall is blessed with so many wonderful habitats and scenery that it is often a great idea to promote a single area for a festival. The problem only starts when one has to define the boundaries to include and exclude some areas from others. The Fal River estuary has up to 160kms (100m) of shoreline if one includes the Helford rivers' 42 kms and the south west coast path up to Portloe.

The Fal River Autumn Walking Festival spopnsored by the Nare Hotel has just had its inaugural set of walks. A variety of guides and walks were provided from wild food walks with Rachel Lambert to National Trust walks lead by Neil Stevenson amongst others. We have had nordic walking, walks on the maritime heritage of Falmouth and many downloadable self guided walks.

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Porthcothan, Treyarnon, Constantine, Mother Iveys and Harlyn Bays

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I have to remind myself that today I am the only one on the beach at Treyarnon whereas in high season there can be thousands of people staking their claim of their bit of beach. We are friends with a family who have sat year after year on the same part of the beach - for over 40 years. It proves that once in the blood, Cornwall is so hard to expunge.

We all love deserted beaches and today in March it is a mild day with little breeze. Just Jess and myself and a round walk of about 9 miles (16kms). I will put this walk up on the freebie page as today for the first time I  used my Memory Map GPS and so all the waypoints will be available once I get my head round how to convert it and put it on the website.

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Weather predicting. Art or luck?

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Walking in bad weather is better than sitting in an office in good weather.

Bad weather still means good walking; it’s just that great weather usually means great walking. So the game to be played with Mother Nature is how to be walking in good weather all week.

When mist and fog envelope the bays and headlands further up and down the coast from where you are standing in clear visibility one can be tempted to entertain smugness but pride comes before a fall so let it be fleeting.

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Countryfile magazine the SWCP team and walkitcornwall

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Perceptions of place. I'll let you into a secret about being a guide. One of my jobs is not to say what I personally think but to give the opinions of the many who have been before. To unearth the myriad of facts, fables and personal stories and fine tune them into an interesting and entertaining sliver of information. Religion like politics can be a very emotive subject and likewise if you look at the many perceptions of what Cornwall is and means, it becomes an often divisive subject, full of emotion, differing interpretation of facts and historical ambiguities.

This is what has drawn me to the county and has influenced and formed my approach to guiding. The many aspects of Cornwall from the geology, flora and fauna to the maritime, industrial and religious heritage gives each place in Cornwall its own unique DNA.

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Autumns approach: An awareness of change

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Intensity: Wind: Light: Waves: Perfect insects’ final dance: Natures last throw of the dice: Birds knowledgeable, warbling their mournful autumnal tunes. Blink and you miss the subtlety of change; the announcement that we are in the death throws of growth and vibrancy and we are entering the time of decay, death and reinvention.

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Walking on the folds of Crackington Haven

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Friday the 13!! Worried? Us? No! However...... See the arch above, left hand side of the picture? We stopped before it whilst one of our party made a phonecall and to gather our thoughts before we moved on. I look around and some large pieces of rock, large enough to cause a fatality dropped off the top of the arch with a loud impact onto the rocks below. We live to tell the tale. Respect for the 13th and a Friday that accompanies it, from now on.

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So many butterflies in Cornwall

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Butterflies are invertebrates, having a back bone or more accurately jointed limbs, from the group “Anthropoda”. Moving down the taxonomic classification they are from the order Lepidoptera which means “scale wings” which describes the scaly membrane that gives them their unique colours. Having said that look at the photo of the Red Admiral- more orange than red.

One thing I didn’t know for a while was that some species of butterflies live for a few days (common blue) whilst most can hibernate and live on to the following spring. Some over winter as larvae and others as full adults. Others are migrants from warmer climes.

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Lamorna and Mousehole January walk

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Aaaaah! A collective sigh for the new year. After all the festivities it is great to get out and about and do what the legs and muscles have been screaming to do. And what weather we have had.

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Lizard Peninsula walking holiday in Cornwall 2011

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The Lizard coastal walk. 60kms or 37.5 miles of coast path from Porthleven to Helford on the Helford River around the Southernmost point of the UK.

It is the beauty of the place, unrivalled even within the county of Cornwall that brings so many people back here year after year and keeps us locals revisiting on a weekly basis. The colours and light forever changing and reinventing the words that describe a beautiful landscape.

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