Hayle: Penpol Terrace Walk

Alongside the Penpol Creek is Penpol Terrace – a Victorian row of terrace houses with shop fronts built into the front gardens. Harvey & Co were eventually forced to allow trading to take place outside their Emporium (where workers spent the tokens they were paid in) but the lack of available space meant that shops…

Hayle: South Quay

The south Quay/penpol creek runs alongside Penpol Terrace and runs into the Copperhouse Pool A Potted History of Hayle: Hayle’s sheltered wharfs encouraged human settlement from the Bronze Age and maybe even before. In the 18th century it was a town at the forefront of the Industrial Revolution. The port fed the mines of West…

Hayle: Penpol Creek

penpol creek from penpol terrace on a stormy November day During a brief interlude from the heavy showers that have been hammering the south-west for what seems weeks now, I had a little wander along Penpol Terrace after my session with the chiropractor. The planting alongside the creek has improved over the years and is…

Hayle: Foundry Square

Although we live closer to the quaint former fishing harbour of St Ives, Hayle is our go to town for the supermarket, library, hairdresser etc. It is also known for its three miles of golden sands stretching from Hayle Towans to Godrevy along Black Cliffs, Mexico Towans, Upton Towans and Gwithian. I have written about…

Six on Saturday | November storms

There is no way I am going out into my garden today. Winds of 70 – 80mph have been ripping through my garden since three am and still at it. Accompanied by lashings of rain that I am sad to say has found its way into the newly decorated conservatory. Very sad face. But just…

Changing Seasons – October 2019

I took the opportunity of a lovely warm and sunny day last week to head down to this walk alongside the Copperhouse Pool and was delighted to find the tide was out and well over a hundred light-bellied Brent Geese (Branta bernicla) feeding on the mudflats as well as a curlew or two. It was…

Changing Seasons – September 2019

This last week in September proved to be the real start of ‘proper’ autumnal weather. After a lovely few days of warmth and sunshine mid-month the temperatures soon dropped, the wind gained in strength and the rain, along with impressive thunderstorms, arrived. Making it a teeny bit difficult to get this walk in. Anyway last…

Six on Saturday | Scarecrows

It’s September and almost the autumn equinox – which means days are growing shorter, sunsets are getting brighter and it is time for another visit to the Trengwainton Gardens near Penzance to see this year’s wonderful Scarecrow exhibition in the walled garden. They hold it every year and with a different theme each time and…

Heligan’s Sundial Garden

“In the 1896 edition of The Gardener’s Chronicle, this garden was noted to have ‘the finest herbaceous border in Britain’. In summer, its borders are once again bursting with heritage blooms and are a haven for an array of bees and butterflies.”  [source: Heligan website] The Sundial Garden is a secluded walled garden with wide…

Wheal Coates

The Wheal Coates mining site is probably the most famous in Cornwall. It sits on one of the most beautiful cliff tops and the Towanroath shaft is very much a Cornish icon. We are most definitely in Poldark country. [click link for more Poldark locations in Cornwall] I have yet to get a ‘proper’ photo…