A walk at Witchampton

This evening we left home and thought we would do one of our usual walks at Manswood. But just for a change we decided to park at Witchampton and do a walk that we’ve not done for absolutely ages and ages.

We started our walk by going through a big gate that looked like the entrance to a castle!

And then it was a long walk along a pathway leading to the sports field. You can just see the goal on the right hand side.

Usually I get a ride in the buggy for the first bit of a walk but today I walked as soon as we got out of the car… it was somewhere different and I didn’t want to miss out on any of the smells and pmail.

Dad was doing a great job of pushing my buggy… just in case I needed it!

It was a lovely evening – sunny but not too hot and not too cold.

It was warm enough for a paddle.. in lovely clear, clean water.

We went over a bridge and mum spotted this row of stones on the top! Dad was way ahead of us at this point so we couldn’t ask him what the red stones were – he used to be a geologist so he’d have known what they were, like he knows all about chalk streams!

This is a chalk stream, dad says we have more chalk streams than anywhere else in the whole wide world! Isn’t that amazing!

I’m still walking! Dad’s good at pushing the buggy and doesn’t mind doing it. I think I can smell water ahead.

I haven’t done swimming in the longest time.. this was absolutely heaven. The water was cold, clear and super clean. I did lots of swimming and hope we’ll come back here again really soon.

Another bridge.. but this one was dry underneath.

It seems that my photographer forgot to take any pictures of the long grassy path we walked to get to this point where we turn off and cross the field. Oh well, it looked a bit like this but wasn’t so wide.

We’re heading towards that sign you can see in the distance.

At this point dad was lagging behind as he’d been watching some geese flying overhead. Are they on their way here for the winter or flying away somewhere else? They make a lot of noise but being deaf I couldn’t hear them. They’re probably all confused what with climate change and the random weather we’ve been having.

This is a pretty bit of the pathway which is on our final bit of the walk.

This is the view from a little bridge. It’s not a good spot to swim because you can’t get out of the water again. And there are lots of signs saying to keep out.

It’s nice to just stop and look for a while though.

We’re almost at the end of the walk now… I’m feeling a bit puffed and am coughing quite a lot.

Mum has popped me in my buggy for the last stretch – I didn’t argue because I’m feeling quite weary and need a rest.
I’m also feeling a bit chilly after my swim so it’s nice to be snuggled up and just watching the world go by. Look! It’s the big castle gate again!

And we’re back at the car.. we parked just a little way along the road from this sign.

I was shivering quite a lot by now so mum towelled me dry and then wrapped me up in three towels like an egyptian mummy. It’s only a few minutes drive to get home and by the time we got there I was all warm and dry and ready for some post walk snackeroonies.

I am going to try and get some of my old walks into blogs.. they just sit in folders on the desktop, whatever that is. Now that I’m a lady of a certain age my life is a lot more sedate and we mostly go on walks that are buggy friendly. But on a good day, and today was a good day, I have lots of bounce and even do mad bonkers zoomies. I get told off for that though because I usually end up falling over into a very unladylike heap.

I hope all your days are good and hope to take you on another walk with me very soon!

One more sleep!

A week’s gone by so quickly… it’s our last sleep tonight and tomorrow morning we’re off home to say goodbye to our lovely house sitters before they leave to go on to their next house sitting job. They’ve been looking after the house and Pickle and Kovu.

Today we had another revisit- Cardinham Woods and then we went on the ferry to Fowey. Our mission was to buy sausages, pasties and to have a cream tea.

Cardinham woods… with the tall trees
And fab swimming spots!

We walked up the Wheal Glynn trail which we did last time but that was in 2019 and some of the paths were closed for maintenance. It looked like there were more benches this time… and we do love a nice bench.

Wheal Glynn walk
Tall trees
Can you see the building and chimney?

It wasn’t a huge walk but it was very nice indeed. Nice even pathways for my little legs.

On the way home we went to Fowey to complete the sausage mission.

Ferry to Fowey

There were only 5 cars on it today… the last time I think there were 13.

We managed to complete our mission… we bought sausages and also had a cream tea… and we bought gin for mum…

A visit to the Lugger as Dad was in need of beer

So with our bag of sausages and a bottle of Tarquin’s gin we had completed our mission and we’re able to head home.

Last sleep at Deerpark

Our bags are packed, even my little suitcase, so we’re all ready for out 10am checkout- a bit early but I’m sure we’ll manage it!

I hope you enjoyed our holiday as much as we did. I just hope it’s not as long before we can come back again.

Tintagel Castle

This afternoon we went to see Tintagel Castle. There’s not a lot of it left now but they chose a great spot for it and in it’s day it must have been quite impressive. It was built in the 13th century… that’s absolutely ages ago.. by Richard the 1st Earl of Cornwall.

Bridge to Tintagel island.
The main hall
That’s a hotel on top of the other hill
Looking back at our route up the hill
Castle ruins… improved by me

I’m not sure what bit those walls were.. but we walked up to the top of the hill where there was a great view all around.

The dot in the distance is dad
Me and the scary man with a big sword
He has a nice beardy face

This was a chapel

The chapel… is older than the castle!

It says in the information about the chapel that it was built on top of some earlier buildings that formed part of a dark age settlement.

That was about it, we didn’t walk down to the cafe or gift shop… too many steps for me, so we walked back the way we came.

On our way home we called in at Boscastle which was really lovely. It’s hard to tell that back in 2004 such a lot was destroyed by the Boscastle flood

A difficult harbour to get into!

For about an hour or so either side of low tide there’s a blow hole and we were lucky enough to see it.

The blow hole

Well, tomorrow is our last day, we go home on Friday. I’m not sure where we’re going but I’m sure it’ll be somewhere exciting!

Back to the Luxulyan Valley

The last time we stayed at Deerpark we went to the Luxulyan valley and it was so nice we went again today.

We started off by getting the car ferry at Fowey

Waiting for the ferry

And then we drove to Luxulyan along some more tiny roads!

Not a lot of passing places

We parked my transport in a different car park to the last time and decided which route to take.

Zoom to read

We took the higher dry pathway along the leat. That’s a man made waterway that takes water to go over the big mill wheel.

It was a big job for whoever dug out the leat, they had huge lumps of rock to deal with! This is one that has fallen over.

It was quite a long pathway.

After a while we came across something that looked familiar… but this time we were looking up at it.

The old wheelpit

We carried on walking and did a zig zag to get up to the higher pathway and then we could see all the other buildings and bits of machinery that we’d seen on our last visit.

We carried on walking along the pathway that we’d taken last time… it was the old horse drawn tramway.

Tramway line

In some places you can see the metal things the actual line was put on and in two places there are bits still there.

The old tramway!

We carried on walking until we got to the viaduct.

We walked across the viaduct to the other side and marvelled again that the people who built all this had taken the time to finish it off with these.

The branch line to Newquay runs underneath the viaduct.

A long way down

We had to get down to the bottom of the viaduct so we took another path and then cut down through these lovely woods….

Until we got to the bridge to cross the water and then we were back at the carpark.

You too can have deja vu by looking back at my last post back in March 2019..

Spooky!!

Woods and Waterfalls

This morning we had a good walk here in the woods at Deerpark… yesterday morning’s walk ended up with us turning back as the pathway was so overgrown. Today we walked along the pathway we could see yesterday… but couldn’t get to!

A lovely mossy track!

After our walk we headed back to the cabin so I could have a little snooze before going out again and mum and dad had a cup of tea.

Suitably refreshed, we headed out again and for our trip out his afternoon we went to Golitha Falls.

There was a nice carpark and also a cafe, saloon and public toilets. Sadly all are closed on a Monday and Tuesday.

The walk to the falls isn’t very long, we took the yellow route as the red route looked a bit challenging for me.

As it was I ended up wearing my harness and being put on the stretchy lead… very embarrassing but I tried to have a paddle yesterday, slipped and got stuck in the water. The old legs aren’t like they used to be so mum and dad weren’t taking any chances with me falling into fast running water.

Coins in logs!

There were some nice paths to walk along… mum and dad took the high road and I took the muddy low road!

A long time ago, back when they used to do mining here, there used to be a huge wheel – this was where it would have been.

Mum said the water was noisy but I couldn’t hear it.

There were some old pipes up in the air crossing the water.

Old mine shaft

So that was Golitha Falls. A great place to visit but not on a Monday or Tuesday if you are hoping for an ice cream or in need of a public toilet!

On our way back to Deerpark we went through Minions. Another really nice place to visit with some fabulous views.

And then it was time to make our way back to Deerpark.

Some of the roads were very narrow.

I’m going to sleep very well tonight. So it’s goodnight from me until tomorrow.

Lansallos beach

This afternoon we went for a drive to visit Lansallos beach. We parked in the carpark and walked down to the footpath that would take us down to the beach.

Only half a mile to the beach!

It was a lovely footpath with high sides and a stream running down one side. There were wooden things for children to play on.

Two seesaws

We always love a nice bench and this was Beryl’s bench.

Who was Beryl?

It seemed like a very long half mile down the pathway… all down hill

Fresh water for drinking.. to keep me hydrated
How much further?

Ah this looks hopeful… signs!!

Coast path to Polruan

We weren’t going to Polruan but it was the beach path… and it wasn’t long before we could see the sea!

The sea!!

Soon we were down at the beach which was really lovely… people were swimming and dogs were having fun chasing after tennis balls.

We sat for a while and watched people and dogs and the sea. I had a wee in a little rock pool… and then it was time to make our way back up the hill. We took a different route back which was a bit easier under paw.

Last look back at the sea

And then we were back on the pathway with the stream running by it. Going back up didn’t seem quite so far and soon we were back at Lansallos village.

Lansallos church – St Ildierna

We had a walk around the church and looked at some gravestones.

Zephaniah Job died 1822 aged 75

Wow… he was the famous Polperro Smugglers Banker! Also there was William S Job who died in 1875 age 42.

In the church porch they had some bric-à-brac for sale which was interesting!

The graveyard was mostly round the back – what a fabulous place to be buried…

Some of the gravestones were very old…

Lovely lichen!
Easier to read if you zoom in!

There was a service at 6.30pm but we were too early for that… besides, my tummy was rumbling so it was time to go back to Deerpark to recharge my tummy!

There was a really nice campsite with just one camper on it.

Fab field for camping!

And then we were back at the carpark so it was time to go home.

If you look carefully you can just see me being given a leg up into my transport.

So that’s the end of another day in Cornwall.

Dinner, treats and then bed time for me. Holidays are very tiring! I need to recharge my batteries ready for tomorrow.

Goodnight all, until tomorrow!

Holiday time!!

It’s been such a long time but we’re finally back at Deerpark in Cornwall. We arrived last night and had our first walk this morning.

Morning view – who stole the trees?

It wasn’t long though before the fog lifted and we saw our view.

They’re back!

We walked up the track from our cabin

There are sausages left behind 😢

Oh well, I’ll have to wait so off we go into the woods along the path by the stream. Just a quick paddle…

Cool water… perfect for paddling

A bit further along the track we got to the lovely wide bit where I couldn’t resist having a swim.

Swimming spot
Deep enough for a proper swim!

I’m sure I blogged about the funny pipes last time we were here back in 2019. There are lots of pipes with taps on the end.

Lots of numbered pipes with taps.
A huge fallen tree

We walked right to the end of the track and then turned around. We stopped to take a photo of some flowers.

I forget their name

I found a fab stick which I took with me for a while

Cornish stick

Almost home… ours is the far cabin, no 31.

Cabins on legs.

I was totally pooped by the time we got back to the cabin. Time for a snack and a snooze before our trip out in the afternoon.

Tired pup

Well, I shall see if I can persuade humum to do this every day while we’re away. It’s a little challenging for her as she’s having to do it in the phone.

I’m worth it though, yes?

The Homecoming : Part 2

Following on front Part 1 that we posted yesterday… who likes cliffhangers?

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Daddy was due home in the evening, so mummy was being very boring and decided to do some tidying up.. putting all my toys back in the toybox and removing pawprints and mud from everywhere. And then she decided that I needed tidying too.. as I’ve not had a bath for quite a while now..

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So into the bath I went.. mummy’s bath full of nice warm water and my special doggy shampoo.. it’s not too bad really, the worst bit is getting towelled dry because she gets a bit upset if I do too much shaking around in her precious powder pink bathroom. I’ve already made her get rid of the white bathmat and swap it for a nice sensible sort of caramel colour! After my bath I sat in the conservatory with the fan on to dry my fur.

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The Homecoming : Part 1

Having a little look back at 12 years ago.. my first proper paddling pool.

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Today was the day that daddy came home after his not very successful sailing trip. Something to do with tides and wind and getting out of the Elbe, so he ended up watching a lot of boats and resting up.. having just gone from Brunsbuttel to Cuxhaven. The boat eventually got to its final destination, Lauwersoog, today after a journey troubled by herds of fishing boats, which apparently rule the water.

Meanwhile, back here at home it began as usual with a late morning walk which started off up in the hoopy field, where I stopped to take a closer look at the big yellow monster. It was still resting but it was scary all the same, such a lot of teeth and so huge!!

Checking its teeth for tartar

Mum threw hoopy for me loads of times, it was quite windy so she could throw it even further than usual. It’s such fun, except…

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Fairy Lighting?

On a scorchio day we can imagine how cool it will be when we next walk along a green lane in early evening lit by the special fairy lights.

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If you go down to the woods at night, you probably won’t need to take a torch because the fairies have got uplighters on lots of the trees..

Two Tone Uplighters

On a few of our walks we go down old green lanes and they’re on lots of the trees!

Low level downlighters

They’re all quite large and must give off lots of light so the fairies don’t trip over things.

Three level lighting!

Some are really strange looking

Extra uppy uplighters

And if you want to get up close and personal, this is what they look like when you’re close enough to see the hairs up their nose..

The light comes out of the holes..

And you know the little solar spotlights you can get, well, they even have those at ground level to mark the pathways!

Clump forming path markers

Some of them even start glowing before it gets completely dark

Its a living glowing thing!!

And it’s so wonderful, here is another picture of it

Can you see the fairy?

Well, we didn’t actually see any fairies, but I’m sure…

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