Garden View: Bonython Manor Gardens

Bonython is a 20 acre garden I have yearned to visit since moving to Cornwall. Typical of the usual Cornish spring plantings of Camellias, Azaleas and Rhododendrons and Magnolias it then explodes into colour during the summer with hot South African planting reminiscent of the owner’s home country. It is a little out-of-the-way situated on…

A Walk to the Lighthouse

It is lovely and sunny here in the south-west. And I am not complaining. Far too often we miss out on the warmer weather and fine dry days that the south-east of the country seem to monopolise, so I say “bring it on”.  On Monday, on a whim, we decided to drive out to Godrevy…

Readymoney Cove to Fowey

We’ve been to Fowey before, but parked in the main car park at the top of the hill which can be a bit of a schlep. On this visit we had arranged to meet up with the Aussie family at Readymoney Cove so parked in that car park and walked down a pathway known as…

Heligan by Night

The Lost Gardens of Heligan, which I last visited a couple of years ago, is one of the fabulous “Great Gardens of Cornwall” and during December the gardens were open in the evening for a “Heligan by Night” to experience the art of illumination as internationally renowned light artist Ulf Pedersen revealed the night time…

Garden View: under an autumn sky

October was a mixed bag of weather. Warm and sunny at first, followed by a couple of big storms and then days of dullness. When the sun finally reappeared we grabbed the chance to head off to Lanhydrock House and Gardens near Bodmin. On approaching our destination we were beginning to regret our choice as…

Siblyback Lake

The weather forecast wasn’t good, but my daughter and her family had come down to Cornwall for the weekend to meet up with her elder brother and his family who were over from Australia. Having spent the previous day on the beach we decided to head to Bodmin Moor and Siblyback Lake where there is…

The Cheesewring

Several years ago the OH and I went off to Bodmin Moors to see the Hurlers – a set of three stone circles close to the moorland village of Minions. The stones are said to be groups of men who were playing hurling on a Sabbath and turned to stone as a punishment. On that…

Town Trail: Porthleven

There has been a settlement here for thousands of years and by the 1600s Porthleven was a small hamlet populated by fishermen and miners. The harbour was built in the early 1800s and little has altered since then. There are many harbourside restaurants, art galleries and shops. The turquoise waters attract many visitors and the…

A Walk to Hell’s Mouth

It is a walk I have yearned to do for some time now, but summer is not the best time to do it as the car parks around the Cornish coastline are very crowded. As part of my son’s recuperation he is doing a lot of walking and occasionally I join him, though my fitness…

Loe Bar Circular Trail through Penrose Estate

I’m not fond of a walk where you have to return the same way. I’m the same with driving, often seeking a different road back from where we’ve been. It’s not always possible of course, but the Penrose estate near Porthleven and Helston provides several circular routes within the park, including one which leads to…