A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE
It’s time to get outside and make the most of gorgeous Cornwall. Here are a few ideas of (mostly) free outdoor activities taking place over the next few weeks and months.
In celebration of the Gruffalo’s fifteenth birthday, the Forestry Commission have set up Gruffalo trails in woodland across the country.
Cardinham Woods has a 1.5 mile trail suitable for ages two to six, running until 30 September. The trail starts at the beginning of the Lady Vale Trail by the play area and activity leaflets are available from the Woods Café (open 10.30 am to 4.30 pm) priced at £2 each.
On 7 June join the Gruffalo’s birthday party picnic in the woods. Sign up for a downloadable picnic pack.
From 24 May to 1 June children are invited on an adventure in the woods, jungles and streams of The Lost Gardens of Heligan. I know my children are itching to try out the jungle rope bridge, plus there’s a grass labyrinth and buried treasure to find. Den building, wild art workshops and a natural assault course should ensure a good night’s sleep.
On Sunday 25 May there will be a special visit from the birds of prey and small animals of Feadon Farm Wildlife Centre. All activities are free with garden admission.
The AA has created 39 walks in Cornwall, all of which are detailed on their website. From a 2 mile stroll through Launceston to an 8 mile beach hike at Perranporth, the walks are graded according to difficulty, with something to suit everyone.
Each walk has comprehensive directions and a map, plus useful information about the surroundings and any nearby places of interest. Many have historical themes, such as “Quarrymen and Kings at Tintagel” or the “Tinners’ Trail at Pendeen”. Others concentrate on the landscape and flora, such as “Hidden Creeks of Helford” and “A Wild Flower Fiesta at Bude”. Well worth a look.
Essentially a treasure hunt, geocaching is a fun way to explore the great outdoors. Little plastic boxes are hidden all over the UK, each containing a log book. Using the Geocaching website and a hand held GPS, or the Geocaching app on your smart phone, you must navigate your way from one box to the next, signing the log book each time.
See our previous Geocaching blog for more information.
Every Wednesday Trelowarren hosts a free walk or talk (or both), meeting in the New Yard at 5pm. Each week a different expert will give an interesting talk, covering subjects such as local flora and fauna, the history of the estate, fitness and arts.
21 May – Yoga demonstration and talk with Fiona Berrisford
28 May – Adventure camp for children and adults (please book as spaces are limited)
4 June – Health, fitness and nutrition active demonstration by Carly Geech
11 June – Trelowarren history walk and talk with Sir Ferrers Vyvyan
18 June – A talk by Vivian Prideaux from Cornwall Crafts
25 June – Lizard Adventure explore the woods and fields (please book your place)
2 July – Paul Jackson talks about his works
9 July – Sir Ferrers Vyvyan explains the Trelowarren landscape
16 July – Shelterbox talk and demonstration
23 July – An informal evening with the Cadgwith Singers
30 July – A talk by members of RNAS Culdrose
6 August – Lucy Green’s Forest School, for children to learn about the natural habitat at Trelowarren.
For full details please visit the Trelowarren website.
On Tuesdays and Fridays at 11am and 2pm veteran tour guide and long-standing island resident Bob Hunt leads a free 30 minute tour around St Michael’s Mount.
The tour takes you around the island village and harbour, and you will learn about the history of community life on the island as well as visiting historical buildings.
You can walk across the causeway to the island at low tide, or catch a boat at other times. For more details see the timetable.
Red Stuff and Wild chef Adam Clark leads regular wild food foraging walks from Bedruthan Hotel and Spa. The walks are open to everyone, free to hotel residents, and £5 for non-residents. Suitable for children aged five and above.
The walk from Bedruthan down to Mawgan Porth and then along the valley towards St Mawgan takes in coastal and hedgerow plants.
The next walks take place on 27 May, 14 and 21 June. For more information and booking details, see here.
COAST TO COAST FORAGING
Caroline Davey leads this guided foraging walk along the stunning stretch of coastal path from Mousehole to Zennor. Walking around twelve miles each day, participants will learn about edible wild plants and how chefs are incorporating them into their menus.
This walk is one of the EATDRINKSLEEP+ events and takes place on 15 and 16 October. From £315 per person, with two nights accommodation on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis, staying at The Old Coastguard and The Gurnard’s Head. Email to find out more.
Let us know about your wild walks by commenting below or send us an email.