Scruff's Scribblings

Random Thoughts and other Flights of Fancy

Coastal adventures

September28

We left Falmouth late morning and headed west towards the end of Cornwall. Our first stop was the beach at Cot Valley, famous for its huge pebbles.

The beach at Cot Valley

The beach at Cot Valley

That little red dot in the photo above is Keith setting up his equipment to get some cool shots of the beach. These pebbles make you feel as though you are at a beach in the Land of the Giants or somewhere!

Balancing act

Balancing act

As we all took the time to get some interesting photos, we saw several groups of hikers on the coastal walk. Too energetic for me!!

Waiting for the picnic

Waiting for the picnic

Taking in the view

Taking in the view

After lunch we headed further round the coast to Cape Cornwall where we got a clearer view of Land’s End and the two lighthouses between there and the Scilly Islands.
Lands End in the distance

Land's End in the distance

While I wasn’t brave (or fit!) enough to climb the hill to see the view from the top of the Cape, I did go into the field where the ruins of St Helen’s Oratory were being guarded by a small herd of Highland Cattle.
St Helens Oratory, Cape Cornwall

St Helen's Oratory, Cape Cornwall

A Highland cow!

A Highland cow!

Another view of St Helens Oratory

Another view of St Helen's Oratory

We headed back to Falmouth after a quick stop at Pendeen Lighthouse

With thanks to Keith and Karen for some of these photos.

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!

Fun in Falmouth

September23

I arrived in Falmouth about 5.15pm on Wednesday 9th September having spent nearly six hours travelling by train from Winchester. As I waited at Penmere station for Karen to collect me, I decided to record the fact that the sky was blue and the weather was good! Why? Well the last time I was in Falmouth it rained most of the time!

Blue sky at Penmere Station

Blue sky at Penmere Station

 

We headed home to collect Keith and Pepper, so that Pepper could have some exercise…… and we could get some fish and chips for dinner!

We went up to Pendennis Point and took Pepper down to a little cove where she was able to swim, one of her favourite activities.

Pepper swimming at Pendennis Point

Pepper swimming at Pendennis Point

She thoroughly enjoyed chasing her floating toy and running back up the rocks, to get us wet if she could!

Theres nothing like a good shake!

There's nothing like a good shake!

The following day Pepper and I walked along the cliffs to the fields above  Swanpool so that she could have a good run, and yes, it was another sunny day!

Gyllyngvase Beach, Falmouth

Gyllyngvase Beach, Falmouth

The view across the bay was superb and the sunshine was accompanied by a pleasant breeze. Pepper had a great time chasing her ball, and meeting other dogs. She even took time out to pose for the camera!

This is my best side!

This is my best side!

By the time we got back home, we were both flagging and while I spent the afternoon reading, Pepper shared her bed with her octopus! Well, nearly!!

Nap time!

Nap time!

The next time we took Pepper to the cove at Pendennis, we walked round the moat of Pendennis Castle.

Walking the moat at Pendennis Castle

Walking the moat at Pendennis Castle

When we got to the Point we bought ice creams for us and a milk lolly for Pepper. The tide was out so we could investigate the small beach.

Exploring the cove

Exploring the cove