In Ancient Times

West Penwith. It has a very different character to the rest of Cornwall: it feels almost like an island. Remote villages and hamlets are strung along one of the most beautiful roads in the land  between St Just and St Ives. Travelling by road is slow, tractors, trucks, German campervans, French motorhomes, sharp bends, drystone granite walls, abandoned tin mines, carns, views across the patchwork of ancient arable fields, cows heading for the milking parlour, bleak moorland, gravel lay-bys barely big enough to fit two cars, a maze of hidden lanes and paths and tiny trout streams trickling down to the aquamarine coloured coast.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #31 | Landscape


  1. pommepal says:

    How frustrating driving in those conditions. Are there many accidents? If there are how ever do ambulances etc. get through. But it is beautiful countryside

    1. Heyjude says:

      I imagine there are a few prangs and scrapes on the Cornish hedges, and we do have an air ambulance! People have to drive slowly though as there are far too many bends and I avoid the road during school holidays.

      1. pommepal says:

        An air ambulance sounds a good idea. Is it a helicopter?

        1. Heyjude says:

          It is. Often see it flying over us!

  2. restlessjo says:

    Love your tiny trout sentence! 🙂 🙂 All a bit mournful sometimes… old tin mines and bleak moorland, but I can see why that would suit. I liked the old Cornish blog name. This sounds like you’re a neighbour of Tish 🙂 Give me a thump! I can be so rude at times. No offence meant 😦 But you know that…

    1. Heyjude says:

      A bit like Fado then! Mmm… hadn’t connected the name change with Tish’s blog. [Goes off to think about it…]

      1. Sue says:

        Strains of Fado, yes ,

      2. Tish Farrell says:

        Guess we all live on the edge of something – physically or metaphorically. This is a lovely landscape, Jude – at the ocean’s edge 🙂

        1. Heyjude says:

          To be fair you do live on an actual ‘edge’ 🙂

      3. restlessjo says:

        You must have thought by now! I’m just home from a salt marsh tootle and some very nice company 🙂 🙂 Have a great weekend!

        1. Heyjude says:

          I have and I think I’ll stick with it or maybe change to Cornwall in Colours? Under a Cornish Sky is actually the title of a book so I won’t go back to that one.

        2. restlessjo says:

          I did love Under a Cornish Sky, but it’s your blog and, as usual, I’m being impertinent. Presumptuous, even? So stick with whatever you like and I’ll still love you, Jude, for even thinking about it. 🙂 🙂 Happy Saturday!

        3. Heyjude says:

          And I love you too – impertinent or not 😁
          Actually maybe I should change it to the Cornish language, but then people might think I speak Cornish, which of course I don’t – how are the Portuguese lessons coming on btw?

        4. restlessjo says:

          Thanks darlin! Touchy subject 😟. Mick came home with a headache on Wednesday. Going to be a slow process 😄🌷🌻💕 xx

        5. Heyjude says:

          It’s not an easy language. He has my sympathies.

  3. beetleypete says:

    Despite the impact of tourism, it is comforting to realise that so little has changed where you live now. You get that over really well in this post, Jude. 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete. x

    1. Heyjude says:

      My favourite area in Cornwall.

  4. Ali, The Mindful Gardener says:

    It is beautiful. I love this rugged landscape. It feels like home, coming from Yorkshire!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Maybe that’s why I like it so much too.

  5. Amy says:

    Beautiful landscape, Jude! It must be frustrating driving there. Love this image. 💖

    1. Heyjude says:

      I don’t mind driving along here, you just have to be aware that something might come at you around a corner! It is a wonderful landscape.

  6. Sue says:

    Ah, I think this has answered a question in my mind, events from childhood…I’m sure we spent some time in this area, I recall flattish land and loads of old tin mines

  7. Lynn says:

    Loving reading about all these beautiful areas! Starting a list!

    1. Heyjude says:

      All very doable from Mousehole – just head onto the Land’s End road (maybe not bother with LA itself) and continue to St Just, Pendeen and on to St Ives) Read my link to West Penwith and you’ll see why I love it here.

      1. Lynn says:

        I read it this morning Jude, it sounds like a little piece of heaven!

        1. Heyjude says:

          Thanks Lynn, glad you enjoyed it. It does rain as well. A lot. And wind. And fog or sea mist. But not usually in May 😀

  8. D > Oh ho! J posted ‘And did those feet’ ; You follow with In Ancient Times. We’ll have to title our next post Walk upon England’s Mountains Green – except that would be difficult for us to do, with Storm Erik keeping us well and truly pinned down in the Outer Hebrides!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Haha… serendipity! I shall have to pop over and read J’s post. Erik causing a bit of trouble here too!

  9. J > A very interesting post. From time to time, I get out my Ordnance Survey maps (I do have digital as well, but paper maps are the best for armchair exploring) of Cornwall, and marvel at the extraordinary maze of irregular fields, footpaths, ancient settlements. It’s a long long time since I was there, and I probably wouldn’t like the pressure of people and traffic, but your photos have renewed my love of the West Country, where I was born and where there are still family connections.

    1. Heyjude says:

      A long way from where you are now. This part of Cornwall is my favourite. I just feel that I can breathe here.

  10. Tina Schell says:

    Jude – how VERY nice to see you joining the challenge. Loved your landscape. Reminded me very much of our visit to Scotland. Maybe I need to revisit England to see some of the more bucolic areas of your country!!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thank you Tina. I haven’t joined in for a while, but this one definitely appealed to me.

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