Visit Cornwall’s Top Dog Friendly Walks

For the second year Visit Cornwall has Cawsand to Whitsand Bay as one of its top five dog friendly walks in Cornwall, recommended by the South West Coast Path.

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At 5.2 miles it combines stunning views of both West Devon and East Cornwall from Rame Head, plus a couple of miles of sandy beach along Whitsand Bay, an all year round dog friendly beach. Plenty of pubs in Kingsand and Cawsand to give you a hearty lunch before you set off and a reviving cuppa and homemade cake at the Cliff Top Cafe at the end.

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Poldark county

So last weekend saw the start of the new series of Poldark; I remember growing up during the original series and getting carried away by the romance and geography of Cornwall. Last Sunday during the first episode we saw Poldark galloping along the cliffs of Cornwall showing off all its ocean beauty and apparently, since then the traffic onto Cornish websites has been busy, the word is that the series will do wonders for the tourist trade.  There are countless articles about the locations used, one being Coast magazine. Lovely photographs, but I was confused by the image of Porthgwarra as it doesn’t look anything like the one I used to visit each year. Here is a picture of the Porthgwarra I know, at high tide there is no sand just a slipway for boats and through the cliffs there’s a tunnel which was dug by tin miners from St Just to give a horse-and-cart access to the beach to collect seaweed to use as a fertiliser.

For five years we used to holiday at Porth Curno and it was about a 45 minute walk along the South West coastpath to Porthgwarra and a big favourite with us. From the tiny shop at the top of the slipway you can buy pasties and a mug of tea to take onto the beach to watch the seals who come into the cove. Blissful.

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Boiler beach

On a dry Sunday, with a very low tide, we set off to walk along Whitsand Bay heading East towards Rame Head, it felt like a long time since we had visited that end. One of the beaches is known locally as boiler beach because of the ships boiler that nestles amoungst the rocks. .

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Although the tide was out there was water on the sand that gave the impression of a mirrored image and we had to navigate our way along. You don’t see the boiler straight away it almost blends in with the surrounding rocks.

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the question is what ship did this boiler come from? There is an argument that it comes from The Chancellor or the Emma Christ. Maybe we will never know, storms over the last couple of years and the displacement of sand has revealed other wreaks along the bay and it makes for interesting comments, some get covered again as the sand returns but this boiler always remains. If someone does know please feel free to leave a comment. Ta.

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Blue fin tuna washed up on the Rame Peninsula

Find out how a rare Bluefin Tuna, washed up dead on a Cornish beach, has been used by researchers from the Environment and Sustainability Institute (ESI) at the University of Exeter to add to our understanding of this incredible animal.

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Scottish cabin envy

This new built cabin is on the west coast of Scotland, on the shore of Loch Ailort with stunning views.

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Found via the Guardian with photos by Angus Bremner

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Pinewood Cabin envy

From Plymouth U.K to Plymouth Massachusetts

A good buddy of mine, who used to live in the South West and is now in Nottingham, knows my love of all things cabin and sends me photos and links to sites on a regular basis. Her last link made me sit up because of where it is…Plymouth Massachusetts. I believe there are over 50 Plymouth’s around the world, some, and in particular Plymouth Massachusetts, being named because of the original settlers who set off from Plymouth in the south west of England on the Mayflower.

Pinewoods is a traditional music and dance camp in twenty-five acres of beach wood with clear water lakes for swimming. Lee Ann (said friend) remembers going there on family vacations when she was a young girl. Looks like a really cool place to me and its got 36 cabins!!

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Seville orange vodka

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The 2015 orange vodka in the kilner jar with the 2014 orange vodka bottled ready to drink.

When we have chalet guests I always like to leave a homemade gift, usually a jar of marmalade. Each January mad friend and I make the marmalade and she always adds a batch of orange vodka. Having tasted it in 2013 I was hooked and all you need is sugar, oranges, vodka and a large kilner jar. Quarter the oranges, pack them into the clean jar adding sugar in layers and then pour the vodka over. Shake daily to allow the sugar to mix with the alcohol (mad friend warms her with some liquid, I leave near a radiator) and then, preferably, leave until the Autumn.  I decanted last years batch in October and bottled it for Christmas pressies. We had Christmas dinner just gone at my brothers and we ended up sampling the orange vodka alongside his raspberry gin and blackberry whiskey! They all went down a treat. The best bit is once you’ve taken out the oranges you can then use them for Orange Vodka Marmalade, double whammy.

 

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