A quick walk around Kennall Vale in Ponsanooth.
Cornwall is and always will be where my heart lies, but I also spent a lot of my childhood exploring Dartmoor in Devon, and I still find it absolutely stunning every time I visit. My Grandma lives there and we used to spend weeks in the Summer visiting different spots around the national park (at the time I said I hated it and would rather sit indoors on my computer… but I promise I look back with fond memories now!).
After a particularly wet camping trip there with Alice last September, I haven’t had the chance to revisit recently, which is sad. I’m desperate to head back for a wild camp on the moors but this time I’ll need to make sure there isn’t a torrential rain storm in the forecast…
Anyway, occasionally I will find spots in Cornwall that really remind of Dartmoor. The other day when Olivia, Lizzie and I went exploring around Pendeen and Zennor, I couldn’t help but feel the moorland down there was reminiscent of the sweeping, bouldered tors around the Dartmoor national park, except here they were leading straight to a cliff edge!
But there is one particular place that really takes me to the essence of Dartmoor, and that is Kennall Vale; a woodland walk on the outskirts of Ponsanooth near Falmouth.
With its leafy canopy, water-filled quarry, streams and waterfalls, this nature reserve is somewhere you totally expect to see a fairy or two chilling out around each corner. It’s exactly how I remember all our country walks being like around Dartmoor; surrounded by rushing water and greenery everywhere.
I’m sure there are other places that feel like this in Cornwall, but of all the walks I’ve been on around here, this is the only one that gives me the Dartmoor feeling, I have to say!
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