January – Walk of the Month!

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Otter on the River Tweed!

29th January 2017

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I’ve decided this one is ‘walk of the month’ for January.  We walked it yesterday, having been confined to the house by the truly miserable January weather for a few days.  We convinced ourselves that once we were out and about, all would be well – and it was.  The sun came out followed by all manner of birds and beasts!  I think there was more variety of wildlife on this walk than we’ve ever seen before in one walk!

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Waterloo Monument on Peniel Heugh

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5th January 2017

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It’s been a good first week of the year for walking – a bit on the chilly side but very little wind and clear skies.  I’ve managed several local walks since I last wrote and today Mr RR and I took ourselves off to see the Waterloo Monument which is at the top of Peniel Heugh, and at 48 metres high can be seen from quite a distance.  We’ve often driven past commenting  that we must go and see what it is one day – and now we have! Continue reading

There and back again!

Saturday, 21st March 2015 (Day 6, week 11)

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What a glorious day again.

I seem to have recovered from yesterday’s tumble so we took a walk into Helston to sort a few things out and then, after a cup of tea, walked back again in time for the last day of the 6 nations rugby.

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Rickety


Target: 1000 miles in one year (20 miles a week)

Achieved so far: 241.9 miles (target 220 miles)

Achieved this week: 18.2 miles


Porthleven to Helston via Penrose Estate and return (7 miles)

We take our usual route to the Penrose Estate, heading for the far side of the lake and the path into Helston.  On the calm water are Pochard and Great Crested Grebe and along the path we catch sight of a Grey Wagtail.  Otherwise birdlife is difficult to spot, as the pathway is busy with people out enjoying the weather.

The daffodils and primroses continue to bloom all along the route and there is the promise of bluebells to come in the woodland.

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We reach Helston and cross the road to walk alongside the lake admiring the lovely Golden Weeping Willow on the island in the middle.

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There are Tufted Ducks, Swans, a Cormorant and Mallards on the lake.  The mallards are frisky and searching for partners and we watch as one poor female is mobbed by several males, eventually making her way to land to take a break from the frenzy.

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Having completed our errands in Helston we walk back down to the lake and sit outside the cafe with coffee and teacakes watching the action.  Most of the swans are out of the water now, preening and hoping for food. These are Mute Swans but there is one Whooper which arrived in the Winter and has stayed around.

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Soon we’re back on the Penrose Estate path heading for Porthleven, passing the Penrose Estate House and the ‘mock’ Roman Bath House which is sited a few hundred yards away from the main house.  It was the owner of the house, a Lt. Cdr Rogers who gave Loe Pool and the surrounding land as far away as Gunwalloe Church Cove to the National Trust in 1974.  His one request was that Loe Pool should be kept for the people to enjoy, ‘without distraction’.  Isn’t that lovely?

Penrose Estate House
Penrose Estate House
Mock Roman Bath House, Penrose Estate
Mock Roman Bath House, Penrose Estate
Carminoe Creek, Loe Pool. Mixed media on canvas
Carminoe Creek, Loe Pool.
Mixed media on canvas

On Pilgrim's Way
On Pilgrim’s Way

Associated artwork for Ricketyrambler by Andrew Major:

http://www.andrewmajorart.co.uk

http://www.artistsandillustrators.co.uk/Andrew-Major