Tag Archives: Cornwall

A Thousand Miles of History XXIII: The mating dance

We stood at the gate in hushed awe. For a moment it seemed as if we were looking through a rift in the mists of time, back to an age that has passed beyond memory, when the land was still … Continue reading

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A Thousand Miles of History XXII: Seeking the circle

“It’s somebody’s drive.” The neat rows of montbretia made that very clear. Yet, this was at least one of the ways we could, according to the map, get to our first site of the day. We had already driven up … Continue reading

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A Thousand Miles of History XXI: The land that time forgot

We stood on the clifftop just beyond Ballowall Barrow, marvelling at the beauty of the seascape, or what we could see of it through the gathering mist. The bracken was already thigh-high, covering the fractured stone with a green blanket … Continue reading

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A Thousand Miles of History XX: Ghosts in the wildflowers

We headed back the way we had come, to take the narrow turning we had missed…a fortuitous misstep which had allowed us to see Cape Cornwall. We were looking for an old tin-mining site where, once upon a time, something … Continue reading

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A Thousand Miles of History XVIII: The path through the sea…

The tide was still in when we reached Marazion, and yet a line of people snaked between the shore and the island half a mile into the sea, seemingly walking on water. We were going to join them, walking the … Continue reading

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A Thousand Miles of History XVII: The Green Chapel…

Beneath the flower-strewn lawns of Carn Euny is a mysterious passage known as a fougou, which comes from the old Cornish word for ‘cave’. There are many theories about why they were built, but no definitive evidence. According to the … Continue reading

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A Thousand Miles of History XVI: The house of the raven…

We could have chosen to visit Chysauster, that being the biggest and best preserved of the ancient settlements in the area, but that very fact means it is more likely to be full of people… and it was the lives … Continue reading

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A Thousand Miles of History XV: Under one roof…

We had finally found breakfast, in a little café that doubled as a bakery, gallery and bookstore…and there can be no better combination. Well fortified for the rest of the day, we strolled back into the misty little town of … Continue reading

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A Thousand Miles of History XIV: Just a place to play…

We liked St Just as soon as we arrived… the little town, just a few miles from Land’s End has a good ‘feel’ to it, even when it is shrouded in sea-mist. It is a place of old stone and … Continue reading

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A Thousand Miles of History XIII: A toe in the water

The legendary land of Lyonesse lies off the uttermost point of Britain. It is told that the people of that land were tall and fair, beautiful to behold, wise and learned. At the centre of their lands was a wondrous … Continue reading

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