Everyone who travels along the A30, the main route in and out of Cornwall recognises this copse of trees on a hill near the border between Devon and Cornwall.
Cookworthy Knapp is near Lifton and the clump of 140 beech trees have inspired numerous works of art over the years. The site is known by many different names including ‘the coming home trees’ or ‘the nearly home trees’, ‘the unicorn’s wood’ and ‘fairy wood’. The story behind the landmark remains a mystery, but they are believed to have been planted around 1900.
I have been wanting to take a photo for years, but rarely go out of the county now, in fact the last time was at the end of 2018 and it was pouring with rain on our return. On Sunday I managed to get a photo. Not the greatest nor sharpest shot as this was through the windscreen of my car using my phone, though I was parked in a lay-by in case you were wondering! There was a pause between showers, but it was extremely windy so I didn’t want to get out of the car.
From here I am about an hour and fifteen minutes from home.