Draft - Touring Cornwell with our Good Friends

Trip Start Dec 23, 2010
Trip End Ongoing

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St Austell

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Saturday, June 25, 2011

In the beginning.
Our good friends, Colin and Vivienne Batt were visiting their gap year daughter in England so we all decided to have a holiday in Cornwall together. Helen did a great job finding the accommodation and the dates were set. It was about an 8 hour drive from Lancashire and I think 6 hours for the Batts from Rickmansworth.

St Austell
We hired a 2 story semi-detached house in a semi rural setting on the hill behind St Austell. There is nothing remarkable about this town after you compare it to some of the other towns in the regions. It was a great position to launch from though.

The Eden Project - Eco Village
'We built the Eden Project in Cornwall in a disused clay mine,transforming it into a rich, global garden where people can learnabout nature and get inspiration about the world around them' Ref: http://www.edenproject.com/whats-it-all-about/index.php
This place is huge, interesting and has something for everyone; Massive indoor rainforest that felt like Queensland again. A train shuttle to get you around. A poo exhibition that shows you how it may be biologically managed. Fortunately there was no touchy feely section. An open vegetarian kitchen and restaurant where you gather your food on a wood platter and everyone sits and eats at long benches together. Peace love and butterflies were free!
Nice little town, great pasties, big sandy coloured stone cathedral with a ministry to the homeless. The ministry team were sorting out the sleeping arrangements to the side of the main for the homeless, as a trade for experiencing sleeping on the streets with them. Does that make sense? It's late.
We were pronouncing it Foulmouth by mistake when humorously corrected in a pub by locals who said it should sound like Falmeth. It was a lovely walk along the coast line toward their harbour. We met a lady (who didn't swallow a fly) but who lived in an old house right opposite the water - lovely both. We sat on a stone wall and et' an ice cream cone. Found a pub at the docks and had a Guiness. Great day.

'Henry VIII built Pendennis Castle to defend the Carrick Roads in 1540, which, together with St Mawes Castle on the east side meant that the estuary entrance was well guarded. Sir John Killigrew created the town of Falmouth shortly after 1613' 
Interesting facts here... Ref: http://www.falmouth.co.uk/discover-falmouth/history

St Goran

Colin decided to check out some churches in st Austell whilst Brian & Helen met Viv and Sarah at a little sea side town of Goran. Quiet town, Narrow steep cobblestoned streets, white washed walls, a few cute shops, tiny grey sand beach with a creek spilling out onto it. 

 The small beach although lovely for position, protected by high headlands, was heavin' with families installed with cool boxes, lots of deck chairs, umbrellas, mobs of sandy excited children all racing about the loamy waters edge with buckets and spades and tiny nets ready to pounce upon the lone wayward shrimp or whitebait. The beach shop owner was very happy.

We took a walk out along one of the headlands. Really beautiful vistas. We had a funny scare when a bunch of cows, that were cornered in a field by us, decided to chase the girls away. Not brave sir Brian though, because he was giving instruction from the rear (not a metaphore!). Singing, 'Forward he cried from the rear and the front rank died, and the general sat and the lines on the map moved from side to side.' Band, album and year please? The cows were overcome though and we broke through their lines crossing over the stile into more unknown and  beautiful territory.

Mullion - Lizard
Helen and I decided to go for a long walk. We had read about the beautiful coast line on Lizard point and headed down that way. After suffering the usual St Austell and A39 crawling traffic jams in this English 'Escape from it all' (seems 2 million others had the same idea) we rolled into Mullion and immediately found a quiet cafe to prepare us for our lizard point challenge.

a short drive down to the lovely Mullion cove, park in the pay and park (as you do everywhere) and off we trotted up onto the cliff top plateau for one of the most memorable 4 hour walks we have had. Noteworthy for the unspoilt scenery, cove after cove of clear green water, heath, mossy peat, a wandering Badger, orange mossy rocks, cawing gulls, crashing seas and a sunny day.

The walk passed through a small village where  I was amazed to see people swimming, and some in their cloths, in water of about 14 degrees. We wore steamers in the Australian surf at 17 degrees.
ST Ives
Another beautiful coastal town in Cornwall. A walk on the headland. Watching the fishing boats go in and out followed by some dolphin pods. A sunny day.
Arrived at a narrow beach for a picnic lunch. Helen decided to take some time out relaxing whilst Colin, Viv, Sarah and Brian head off in search of the go-cart track. I didn't think I would enjoy go-carting as much as I did. It was FAST (80-100 kph) and the track was was well laid out. I saw a different side of the sweet Sarah as she transformed into this speed hungry wild competitor with all that power under her right foot! It was great fun for all of us helping us to forget the stresses of getting lost on the way there. I particularly enjoyed passing Colin. Back to the beach for  lunch and a relax. Great day out - thanks Batt family.
Port Isaac
Doc Martin territory. cute cobblestone streets, fudge shops, cottage industries, old pub on the dock, fishing boats clinking as they gently rocked in the deep gorge harbour. A guiness in the sun.

Cornwall was beautiful and the weather was mostly kind. The accomodation was fairly central and nice of the owners not to charge us for the bag of coal and wood for the fire... eventually. Above all.it was great to see our very good friends and have those walks and chats and coffees and a real bonus for all of us to be in such a beautiful part of the country.


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