South East Cornwall Walking Festival
South East Cornwall Walking Festival
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.
Putting the ‘East’ back into the walking festival
This year’s festival will see the emphasis on walks in the eastern part of South East Cornwall. It also goes to show that there are walks going on around the area all year round organized by volunteers groups such as the Ramblers. The official dates of this year’s festival are the 12th to the 18th September but there are two walks being arranged for the South West Coast Paths Great South West Walks festival that we are including this year, these take place the week after.
Some walks are still to be finalised and it is best to check the Tourist Information Centre’s website at www.looeguide.co.uk in the weeks leading up to the festival for full details, or just pop in and see them.
Saturday 12th September:
The ‘now customary’ walk to Duloe Beer & Cider Festival. Catch the train from Looe at 10.30 and travel up to St Keyne Station where we will walk through the lanes and paths to Duloe taking in the orchards where the cider apples are grown.
Distance 2 miles
Sunday 13th September:
The Birds of the West Looe Valley. Join local author Derek Spooner for a three hour walk through Kilminorth Woods looking at the diverse bird life in both the woods and on the river.
Meet 2pm By the gate at the far end of the Millpool Carpark, West Looe.
The walk will be preceded by a litter pick in the woods organized by the Friends of Kilminorth Woods at 10.30am, all welcome.
Stoke Climsland to the Tamar. Join our local Ramblers group for a six hour walk through the fields and villages of the Tamar valley. Covering over 10 miles, this is not a walk for beginners!
Meet at the Duchy College, Stoke Climsland (Agri-Food car park) 10.30am Contact John on 01579 344616 for more information.
Monday 14th September:
St Germans Walk.
Explore this historic village and the surrounding countryside with festival organiser Mark Camp. Walk will last approx three hours.
Meet outside the Eliot Arms 10.05am
Tuesday 15th September:
It’s several years since we led a walk into Trenant Woods, across the river from Looe. This year we offer something a little different, a dawn walk! Join us as the sun rises over Looe to take a walk through this ancient woodland and see how the trees have grown over the last few years and perhaps catch some early autumnal colour.
Meet Woodland Trust car park, Polpever 7am Walk will last 3 to 4 hours.
Wednesday 16th September:
Vital Spark Liskeard walk (TBC)
Join the Tamar Valley Walk & Talk group for a short walk through the woodland of the National Trust estate on the banks of the Tamar.
Meet Cotehele Quay car park 10.30am. Walk lasts 1½ hours.
Thursday 17th September:
Walk to be confirmed
Friday 18th September:
East Looe from Above
A town walk with a difference. Join Mark Camp for a walk around East Looe’s lesser used lanes and paths leading higher and higher until we end up overlooking the bay.
Meet outside the Tourist Information Centre at 10am, walk will last 2½ hours.
Saturday 20th September:
Bodmin Moor Archaeology Walk (TBC)
Tuesday 23rd September:
Looe Wildlife Walk (Part of the Great South West Walks Festival)
A 7½ mile walk taking in the varied landscape around Looe including wooded river valleys and the coastal path. This walk MUST be booked in advance with a minimum donation of £7.50 to the SWCP Association For more details go to http://www.southwestcoastpath.org.uk/great-sw-walks/
Sunday 28th September:
Tregantle Historical Walk (Part of the Great South West Walks Festival)
Pointless Victorian defences and an extreme example of moving house (come along to find out the whole story) are just two of the subjects covered on this interesting seven mile circular walk that will also include references to watercress and trout. Strange but true!
This walk MUST be booked in advance with a minimum donation of £7.50 to the SWCP Association For more details go to http://www.southwestcoastpath.org.uk/great-sw-walks/
Apart from the last two walks, all walks are free. However walks leaders may ask for a donation (suggested £4/£5) to go towards costs of putting the festival on or towards a charity of their choice.
The festival receives no funding and all walks leaders volunteer their time.