A Cornish Adventure Pt1- Heligan and Mevigassy

Trip Start May 15, 2010
Trip End Dec 15, 2010

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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

On day two of the Cornish adventure, day one if you dont count the 5.5hrs drive across the south of england as an adventure. When it began to rain on the A303 it was quite some adventure i can tell you. But i digress (this may be a regular occurance as i recently picked up the nickname 'the inevitable tangent' so it not surprising), but i digress again.

So it was only a short drive through the countryside of the cornish west coast to get to Heligan for a visit to 'The Lost Gardens of Heligan'. So called because they were an overgrown patch of land, i say patch turns out it was 200 acres. Which has been restored by the national trust and various other volunteers. 

On arrival at the venue (after the rally cross to the grassy parking area, mostly due to the rain which became a feature of the day), i entered, the centre had 3 main areas. The woodland trails, which stretched across 3/4 of the grounds had various trails to follow which had varying degrees of difficulty and access.Some of the trails were downhill with others obviously uphill to get you back to the starting level. Other trails took you along ridges with views out into the cornish countryside with others being completely enclosed with views of the forest canopy which surrounded you. A particular highlight being the sculptures most make up of the landscape itself. In addition there were also sections of meadow which could be taken as short cuts or were part of the trail. One particular meadow lead to the jungle section of the park, this was a three section lake which had a boardwalk around the outside of all three of the lakes and across the divides of each lake to make it appear that it was one continuous lake, the air temperature of each lake area is monitored so that they can plant the most appropriate plants in each location. It was halfway round the woodland trail that the heavens opened and i got a little bit wet. Still there were a number of trees (it being woodland) to keep me at least a little bit drier, until the heavens opened as i crossed the final meadow (that lead to the jungle section). 

Coming out of the jungle section i walked around to the wildlife project, this was a hide on the side of a lake it had a number of video screens which showed live feeds to the nesting boxes which either contained birds on eggs or birds with young. Outside of the hides glassed viewing area were a series of feeding stations which were doing a good job of attracting many different birds. I sat and watched birds feeding for about an hour, partly because it was raining and partly because it was fascinating. 

The final section of the park was the gardens which was a combination of well presented themed gardens such as the italian garden and the sundial garden (the central focus being a sundial of course) and the vegetable garden which i can only assume had some tie in with the farm shop at the entrance. 

Again i have not been very descriptive, as the pictures which are included will provide you with a far better idea of the beauty than any words i might choose to use, so please take a look

As i was leaving the park i picked up my email, advise from a friend suggesting that i visit Callistick farm for Cornish Ice cream, just as i was walking past a callistick farm ice cream stand, i purchased a ginger scoop and a honeycomb scoop, superb suggestion, need to buy and ice-cream maker now to make my own ginger ice-cream. 

On leaving the park i was advised to visit Mavigassy since it was only 2 miles away, this is a fishing village on the west coast, the view from the lighthouse pier and the coastal path i thought was quite incredible. 

I shall end this blog now with the thought that i never realised how much i would enjoy looking at stuff and recording the fact that i enjoyed looking at stuff so much. Also the idea that i might have to travel to look at stuff doesnt worry me so much anymore. The only question now is where can i go and look at stuff next?


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nichola peddie on

lovely pictures neil..xx

neil.gent on

Thanks, enjoy the Thailand blog as it develops

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