South East Cornwall Walking Festival
South East Cornwall Walking Festival
2014 dates are subject to confirmation
What’s it all about?
Running for over a decade now, the South East Cornwall Walking Festival is a weeklong festival of walks around south east Cornwall taking in seaside villages, rural hamlets, the Tamar Valley and edge of Bodmin Moor.
What happens? Running for over a decade now, a weeklong festival of walks around south east Cornwall taking in seaside villages, rural hamlets, the Tamar Valley and edge of Bodmin Moor. Knowledgeable guides head up walks ranging from gentle strolls of two miles to longer treks taking up to seven hours.
South East Cornwall Walking Festival 2013 Once again our wonderful bit of Cornwall is ready to be explored by those in search of some of the finest countryside in the UK. Leave the car behind for the day and take to the paths and tracks on foot, you will be amazed at what you can find on even the most familiar of routes. We hope that there will be a walk for you, be it a family walk looking at the history of smuggling in the area or a six mile walk across country through our verdant valleys.
Saturday 14th September
Walk up a Thirst! Kick off the festival with a walk to the Duloe Beer and Cider Festival. Catch the train from Looe to Sandplace (leaves Looe at 10.32am) and then walk up through the East Looe Valley taking in the orchards of ‘Cornish Orchards’ before arriving in Duloe for a well earned drink. Walk is about 2 miles in length, much of it uphill!
There are buses back from Duloe to Looe or Liskeard every hour.
Sunday 15th September
Sand & Smugglers. A walk for all the family as we look back at the stories regarding the trade that went on along the Cornish coast in the 18th century. How much of what we know is true, how much is romantic fiction?
Start; Lansallos National Trust car park 2.30pm, walk is about 2 miles in length and will take approx 3 hours.
Monday 16th September
Mapping the Sun; Join archaeologist Jacky Nowakowski for a walk around the ancient monuments in the Minions area of Bodmin Moor. The walk ties in with the first archaeological dig to be carried out on the Hurlers Stone circle since the 1930s and we hope to see some of the work in action. The walk will take place twice on both Monday and Friday and will last about 2 hours.
Start time TBC
Tuesday 17th September
Coast and Creek Circuit. We have not visited Polruan during the festival for many a year so we thought we would head out that way and take in some of the wonderful scenery. Expect stunning coastline, verdant woodland and muddy creeks, far reaching views and quite a bit of history.
Start: Polruan Quayside 10.40am, walk is about 4 miles in length and we should finish mid afternoon. Bring lunch and a drink.
Wednesday 18th September
Liskeard Heritage Walk. This circular walk crosses the eastern perimeter of Liskeard Parish and follows footpaths that traverse both countryside and urban areas. It passes near two of Brunels railway viaducts. Also of interest in the East Looe Valley are the train line and old canal.
Start: 10am service road behind Pets Are Us. opposite Morrisons Supermarket, Liskeard. Walk will last approx 2hours.
Historical Pub Crawl. Back by public demand! There is plenty of history to be found in Looe, and much of it has connections with the many pubs and inns that have graced the town over the years. Forget the boring stuff found in churches and town halls...the pub is where all the interesting stuff happens!
Start; Outside St Nicholas Church, West Looe 7pm...finisssh...who knows? You do not need to bring drink but a pocket full of coins and notes may be helpful.
Thursday 19th September
A Ramble from the Railway. To launch a new book of walks from the Looe Valley railway line we shall be taking a walk from Sandplace to Polperro via the village of Pelynt. This walk takes in some lovely countryside crossing the West Looe valley using ancient trackways and descending down the ‘longcoombe’ to reach the historic fishing village of Polperro.
Start, Sandplace Station 10.40am. Distance 6 miles, we should reach Polperro about 4.30pm. We hope to stop for lunch at the Jubilee Inn, Pelynt, but please bring a snack and drink for along the way.
Friday 20th September
Mapping the Sun; Join archaeologist Jacky Nowakowski for a walk around the ancient monuments in the Minions area of Bodmin Moor. The walk ties in with the first archaeological dig to be carried out on the Hurlers Stone circle since the 1930s and we hope to see some of the work in action. The walk will take place twice, once in the morning and once in the afternoon and will take about two hours.
Start times TBC
Coastal Foraging Walk. Learn about edible plants on the coast and shore, our coastal ecology and sustainable foods from the sea. Free but donations to Looe Marine Conservation Group welcome. Hannafore, West Looe seafront. 2pm - 4pm. For more information see www.looemarineconservation.org or contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday 21st September
Sunrise Equinox Walk. Meet up with members of the Caradon Archaeology Group to hopefully see the sunrise at the Hurlers Stone Circle on Bodmin Moor and then go on to explore some of the nearby Bronze Age sites close by.
Start Hurlers Car park, Minions at 6:30am (2 miles approx). Walkers will be welcome to join the Project team for a Full English breakfast at the Cheesewring Hotel after the walk, pleasecontact Anne Hughes to book and for pricing/options:email@example.com
Wildlife Walk to Port Nadler. Join local expert volunteers for a mostly easy walk from the centre of Looe to the beautiful cove of Port Nadler. Learn about the wildlife of the Looe rivers, rocky shore and clifftops. Bring a packed lunch. Binoculars useful.
Meet at Looe Tourist Information Centre. 11am - 2pm approx. For more information see www.looemarineconservation.org or contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Donkey Trekking. Something different this year, take a walk with a donkey through some great Cornish countryside. Based at Woodsaws Farm near Lanreath, Countryside Donkeys offer you the chance to do a bit of gentle exploring whilst walking alongside the donkeys, which can also act as porters for your picnic! These are not free walks and the cost depends on the walk you do...give Lizzie a call on 01503 220013 or go to www.countrysidedonkeys.co.uk
All the walks leaders put on the walks for free but do ask for donations, which will go towards local charities or the project running the walk.
Next year’s festival, 13th – 20th September (tbc)