Cornish new year


Saw the old year out and the new one in on a North Cornish cliff at mad friends long time family home in Trevone, affectionately known by us and others as, Trev 1. There were storms aplenty but they came and went (mostly overnight) and at least when you are on a cliff you can see the weather coming in so you have time to retreat. We had already walked to Harlyn Bay and back during a dry period and decided to go out onto the headland before the light went. Standing on the cliff watching the waves break over the rocks we saw the sky turn black and head towards us. Now, when I’m at Whitsand Bay I know I have around 10 minutes to get to a dry spot, but wow did it come in quick and we turned and headed back with the rain coming in off the sea to the right of us.  I arrived back like one of those before and after photos for some kind of facial lift as the right side of my face had caught the onslaught of the weather and my left still looked amazingly coiffered (slight exaggeration there). To me it is a great analogy for blowing away the old year and starting the new all fresh and ready to go.

In honour of some 2013 walks I thought I’d post some favourite coastal path moments.


In June I headed down to St Buryan and spent a week on a campsite right on the cliff and


made a wonderful walk from Lamorna back to Treen (above and below) amidst wild flowers. You can read about the full walk here.


At the end of summer I travelled with him indoors to the Minack Theatre and walked a short distance from Porth Chapel beach (below) to Porth Curnow, remembering summer holidays spent there, the weather was not so kind that day.


Also went in the opposite direction, into Devon, with mad friend to walk a circular walk around Nos Mayo. A beautiful sunny day.


And when we thought summer was over we still managed a walk from Trev 1 to Padstow in glorious sunshine.


Not quite the coastal path but a Cornish inlet at Saltash, just over the river Tamar had a great walk.


But the biggest walk of 2013 was that of  Dreadnought South West, the company who recreated the suffrage walk from Lands End to Hyde Park taking a month to make the journey. Celebrating the event with performances of Oxygen, a specially written play by Natalie McGrath, along the route.


Finally back to the dark clouds of new years eve heralding the start of a new year and new walks!! There will be 2014 walks, but we will be concentrating on Plymouth to Rame Head in the coming months and yes, I will be reporting on our progress. Happy New Year!



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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3 Responses to Cornish new year

  1. Jody says:

    A very Happy New Year to you, Ruth!

    • Ruth says:

      Thanks Jodie, and to you. The year has started off stormy, 30 foot waves in Cornwall many breaking over harbour walls. Not seen like this for many years but I know the East coast of US is having it worse.

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