dry stone walls

This weekend we changed our route to the beach via the cliff top cafe and went down the back lane. This works its way adjacently to the coast road (which you can pick up via footpaths and small lanes) and ends up at Millbrook a couple of miles away.

We took a right turn at our neighbouring farm and followed the path to the coast road. I couldn’t help admiring the dry stone walls,  I love a dry stone wall (Yorkshire girl) and even did a National Trust workshop once, over at Wembury on the other side of Plymouth, which I really enjoyed but ached for days afterwards.

I love the fact that they seem to have worked around the tree, I assume there would be wall damage had the tree grown out if it. I also like the regimented placing of the stones;

a Yorkshire wall would be less so and with different stone.


Another reason I enjoyed seeing the walls is that more often than not a Cornish wall, particularly in a lane, would look like this where over the years nature has taken over.

are these walls or hedges?!

The wall at the back of the chalet was so overgrown we had to remove the earth off the top as it was causing the wall to collapse but in doing so we opened up a view that the wall was obscuring.

Now we have a beautiful wall and a view to the fields beyond.


About Ruth

I am an actor and theatre maker, I moved down to the SW of England 19 years ago with my partner and son. Five years ago we bought a chalet on the Rame Peninsula and are fully embracing life of the cliff.
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