After a dreary few days in terms of both weather and politics, a midday hike was just what I needed.
With evenings closing in around the 4pm mark now, I’ve taken to walking Pepper at lunch time instead. This is just one of the many great things about being fully freelance; I can adjust my schedule to what suits me and keeps me sane (ie. getting out in for a daylight walk each day!).
I had a little scour of Google Maps and decided to try out a new walk that I’d never been on before around Carn Marth, just a 10 minute drive from our house.
Cornwall is covered in various ‘Carns’ (meaning ‘pile of rocks’ in Cornish!); it’s basically our version of moorland. Rocky hills covered in hedges and grazing fields, usually rather exposed to the elements, but always worth it for the views at the top.
Just as we reached the summit, the sun decided to peek out from behind the clouds. A very welcome sight after a week of rain and grizzly-ness.
From the top of Carn Marth, you’re greeted with 360 degree views of West Cornwall; across Redruth and Portreath to the North and Lanner moors to the South. On a bright sunny day I imagine it would be even more fantastic!
Pepper wasn’t too sure about going up to the edge to begin with, but soon decided she was more interested in the camera.
There are two old quarries on the Carn. The top one is permanently flooded as a lake, and apparently people come to fish in it! I have no idea where these fish would have come from… but there you go.
The second one has been turned into an open air amphitheatre, but was closed off when we went as I think it’s been flooded recently. I believe there have been live events there in the past.
^ You can see Carn Brea in the distance there with the monument and castle.
The whole area is part of the Cornish Heritage Mining Trails, which are amazing walks to go on if you’re interested in Celtic history dating back to the Bronze age, or indeed if you enjoy a good hike!
Where’s your favourite place for a hike?
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