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Back From Cornwall

By Ollypj @OllyPJ

At around 19.00 last night, I completed the long journey back from my four-day weekend in Cornwall.

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St. Michael’s Mount, Marazion.

Weather-wise, it was glorious and it appears as though this ‘heatwave’ has also spread throughout Somerset. I managed to get a lot done and it was a good experience. There’s a lot to write about that will come your way in good time.

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That’s not to suggest that it didn’t almost go very badly wrong in the beginning…

  • On day one, Saturday; there was a series of unfortunate events. Towards the end of which, I almost felt like packing up and going home.
  • Whilst making my sandwiches before setting off on the long drive, I successfully swatted a fly (which never usually happens) with my hand, only to simultaneously pull the groin muscle in my right leg.
  • Down the M5 motorway and as I turned on to the exit for Junction 31, the Latvian lorry infront of me swerved dangerously, twice – once, narrowly missing a caravan in the next lane, before pulling to an abrupt stop across the inside lane ahead of me.
  • Traffic on the A30 near Bodmin was soul-destroying and my journey-time gained an extra forty-five minutes.
  • A week earlier, I’d purchased a tarp to extend the capacity of my tent for cooking… After an hour of fiddling and frustration, I gave up and put it back in the bag, having found that the instructions were insufficient.
  • At the camp site that evening, I began preparing my meal, only to find that I’m not packed the pasta to accompany my stir-in sauce.
  • Worse still; as I went to boil a commissary cup of tea, I found that my stove was not working.
  • On the Monday, I did (accidentally) find a store that sells camping supplies – but, they were closed… On a Monday, shortly after lunchtime!
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Lanydrock House, near Bodmin.

In stark contrast to all of the above, there were many positives to take from this whole experience:

  • I completed my first miles of the SWCP in Cornwall, feeling afterwards as though I could’ve gone on to do the same the next day.
  • Technically (counting Cotehele House and Mill as separate properties), I was able to visit FOUR National Trust properties in as many days.
  • I was able to explore the ‘mysterious’ Goonhilly Down, one evening.
  • After my third night camping, I felt I could’ve comfortably stayed for a fourth.
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Goonhilly Downs – Lizard Peninsula.

There will be a succession of blog posts to follow, documenting all of this and I think the way I’m going to do this will be to write a single post to represent each day, with a separate post to follow on from that and containing a few of my own thoughts about the camp site itself.

In all, I hope to return to Cornwall again in 2017. There are many things I didn’t do (including some that I had provisionally planned, ahead of time). It’s a big place. I could revisit the same area; I could go somewhere new… Next month, there’s the possibility I’ll be paying an unexpected visit to Dorset.

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Somewhere south of Kynance Bay, on the South West Coast Path.

Thanks for reading.


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