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If you go down to the woods today………

September24
Given the choice between going exploring in the woods or going to the beach, we decided that, as it was a sunny Sunday, the beach might well be busier! That’s why we found ourselves heading for Cardinham Woods, near Bodmin.

We took a picnic with us and after parking the car, we ate our lunch so we didn’t have to carry it with us!

Picnic time!

Picnic time!

Before we left on our walk, we let Pepper play in the river.

Swimming in the river

Swimming in the river

Can I have my stick back please?

Can I have my stick back please?

We decided to start with the Lady Vale Walk which is an easy 3km, and see how we felt when we reached the junction with the Wheal Glynn Walk, 1 1/2km described as ‘short and strenuous’!

Woodland explorers

Woodland explorers

We gave ourselves a photographic challenge as we walked. The plan was to get the best animal shot (probably a dog called Pepper!), the best photo of moss or litchen, and the best shot of something man-made.  Of course we also took photos of anything else that took caught our eye!

Me and my favourite dog!

Me and my favourite dog!

When we reached the far end of Lady Vale Walk we decided we had enough energy to tackle the extra loop up to see the old lead and silver mine at Wheal Glynn.

The old engine house and chimney at Wheal Glynn mine

The old engine house and chimney at Wheal Glynn mine

Another view of the the old engine house, Wheal Glynn mine

Another view of the the old engine house, Wheal Glynn mine

When we had photgraphed the old engine house from all sides we headed back down the hill to rejoin Lady Vale Walk.

Keith and Karen checking the route

Keith and Karen checking the route

As we got to the bottom of the hill we turned right towards Lady Vale Bridge, which takes its name from the Chapel of Our Lady that stood beside the river during the 12th century.

Lady Vale Bridge

Lady Vale Bridge

Side view of Lady Vale Bridge

Side view of Lady Vale Bridge

After crossing the river, we headed back down the valley towards the car park, still taking photos of course!
Karen and Pepper in a cave!

Karen and Pepper in a cave!

One of the spectacular views

One of the spectacular views

We arrived back at the car and headed home to Falmouth to meet Karen’s family for fish and chips on the beach.
Keith and Karen on the beach

Keith and Karen on the beach

After enjoying our meal, Keith and Karen proved they were just big kids and helped the younger kids build a sandcastle!
Close up of the sandcastle

Close up of the sandcastle

Before we left the beach we noticed some unusal cloud formations in the sky. This one looked like a swimmer!
Swimmer in the clouds!

Swimmer in the clouds!

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