Cornish favourites: Cot Valley

If you like walking you can reach the Cot Valley (Porth Nanven) by walking along the south coastal path from Cape Cornwall over Carn Gloose where you will find the remains of the Ballowall Barrow, a unique Bronze Age tomb had a long and complex history as a sacred site. The barrow was excavated (and radically altered) in 1878 by Cornish antiquarian William Borlase.

Alternatively you can walk or drive from St Just. But whichever way you decide to arrive, it is well worth it.

View original post | July 2015


  1. Another beautiful day for walking.

    1. Heyjude says:

      I feel ashamed that I actually drove here 😦
      Did I mention there was a sharp wind?

      1. Nothing wrong with driving Jude, especially if it’s chilly. We found there was a sharp wind off the water everywhere in Cornwall. 🙂

        1. Heyjude says:

          It is often like that. Especially on that coast!

  2. Ali says:

    Stunning. I think I need a walking holiday in Cornwall!

    1. Heyjude says:

      If you have you got a good head for heights and supple joints you’ll do OK. There is certainly some beautiful countryside to explore.

  3. bushboy says:

    A lovely part of our world. Many misconceptions from an Australian. I thought it was Cat Valley at first skim read lol. Carn is Australian for “Come on” as yelled at the footy ie Carn the Dragons. Also sacred sites. Who were the sites sacred to?

    1. Heyjude says:

      heehee… it’s that Aussie strine!! The barrows are from the Bronze Age so I guess just locals buried there. I know, it is hard for you Australians to imagine the Bronze Age 😀

      1. bushboy says:

        We went from the Stone Age to an agricultural society fueled by prisoners 🙂

  4. restlessjo says:

    I’ll walk it, will I? I’d hate to be lazy 🙂 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      I’m sure you would! Or most likely over from Cape Cornwall, I know how much you can’t resist heights 😀

  5. beetleypete says:

    I checked out my original comment, as I remembered this one. I never fail to be entranced by the beautiful colours in the sea around Cornwall. So much nicer that our ‘mud brown’ North Sea in Norfolk. 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete. x

    1. Heyjude says:

      Yes the water around here is glorious, makes you feel you are abroad. I have been very lazy since moving here though and not been back to half of these locations.

      1. Sue says:

        Marvellous colours, Jude!

  6. janesmudgeegarden says:

    Yes, the sea is a gorgeous colour.

  7. Pete Hillman says:

    It looks to be such a lovely part of the world, Jude!

    1. Heyjude says:

      I think it is rather special down in West Penwith.

  8. Anabel Marsh says:

    Ha – I remember the bit about scrambling and dignity! Or lack thereof.

  9. Jane Lurie says:

    What a gorgeous part of the world, Jude. Beautiful deep blues in your images.

    1. Heyjude says:

      The colour of the water down here reminds me of Australia / New Zealand / Med. One of the attractions. 🙂

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