the coming home trees

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’,Β ‘the unicorn’s wood’ and ‘fairy wood’.Β 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.


  1. travtrails says:

    Really inspiring set up

  2. margaret21 says:

    Well, I think they’re pretty good shots. My through the windscreen photos inevitably feature lots of streaks including a few dead flies. It’s a handsome copse too.

  3. restlessjo says:

    Good to know you made it safely πŸ€—πŸ’•πŸ’•

    1. Heyjude says:

      Won’t be going far now until September.

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  4. Wow, what a blast from the past; my wife & I use to see it regularly when we worked down at Culdrose πŸ˜ƒ

  5. Hard to miss that landmark!

  6. BeckyB says:

    even I recognise this, and it is more than 30years since I regularly drove on this part of the A30!

  7. Chloris says:

    Oh yes, I always look out for these trees when I come to Cornwall. Paul Nash painted trees like this and I often wondered if this was his inspiration.

    1. Dina says:

      You prompted me to have a look at Paul Nash’s photography: “Informal Beauty”, unfortunately, it’s not in there (but many other trees).

  8. pommepal says:

    Quite a distinctive landmark and the grass is so green. Quite a different shade to our grass. Good to go away, but always good to get home again

    1. Heyjude says:

      The grass is always green in Cornwall, same as Wales – all that moisture! But I also think my phone camera slightly oversaturates colours.

  9. Looks extra green! Beautifully framed!

    1. Heyjude says:

      All the rain!

  10. Lynn says:

    What a great shot! Love the bits of blue sky peeking through.

    1. Heyjude says:

      It was a very sunshine and showery journey home 😊

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