Crantock Beach in Cornwall has long been a hit with visitors for its sandy shores and swimming-friendly waters.
However, the far side of the beach is home to a host of small caves hidden amongst the rocks that you could easily miss if you didn’t know to look out for them – and they hold an intriguing secret.
The caves are only accessible during the low tide, but those who make the trip will discover a series of intricate carvings that have become the stuff of local legend.
Etched into the walls are carvings of the outline of a horse, the close-up of a woman’s face, and a pretty love poem that reads, “Mar not my face by let me be/Secure in this lone cavern by the sea/Let the wild waves around me roar/Kissing my lips for evermore”. Continued…Read full original article…
All of Cornwall’s beaches have made the grade against tough bathing water quality standards, according to figures published by the Department for Food, Environment and Rural Affairs.
Of the 142 designated bathing waters assessed in Devon and Cornwall just three in Devon have been rated as ‘poor’ under new standards introduced in 2015, which are twice as tough as in previous years.
In Falmouth, Gyllyngvase and Swanpool were rated excellent with Maenporth coming in as good while Church Cove, Coverack, Kennack Sands, Poldhu, Polurrian Cove, Porthleven and Praa Sands were also all rated as excellent. Continued…Read full original article…
Mud runners are invited to test their skill, strength and endurance in Cornwall’s toughest new mud run – The Retallack Rampage.
Held on November18 at Retallack Resort, competitors can take on the 7.5km course or challenge themselves to the 15km course.
With more than 40 obstacles to overcome (as well as mud and water), the courses promise tests of climbing and strength with the High Walls and tests of co-ordination with the Hot Stepper. Continued…Read full original article…
Rescuers had to squeeze through an “hourglass” gap to get to a man who was stuck in an old mineshaft.
Andrew Williams from Wales fell 50ft (15m) down a disused mineshaft in Cornwall and suffered serious injuries say police.
The 51-year-old walker was airlifted to hospital after the fall in the Cot Valley near St Just in Cornwall.
About 50 rescuers took six hours to bring the man to safety through the narrow constriction in the mine. Cont…Read full original article…
David Gillham is a man who has been searching for the truth about UFOs for more than 20 years after spotting something he couldn’t explain in the skies above his Truro home.
He was so intrigued by the unusual sight that he started to look into other sightings around the local area, made contact with Army and RAF bases and even started a weekly meet-up for like-minded people to share their experiences.
At its peak, the group had 100 attendees all interested in mysterious activity over Cornwall.
While the group stopped many years ago, Mr Gillham has been inviting “open-minded people” from across the county and farther afield to attend the annual convention hosted by the Cornwall UFO Research Group (Cuforg).
The convention aims to help people learn more about the different theories that could explain unidentified flying objects, share their own stories and find out more about the many sightings reported to Cuforg every year. Cont…Read full original article…
Are you fed up of cooking large meals every night or dread the thought of ending up on a cringe-worthy first date?
Cornwall’s older generation has provided insight into the things that their younger counterparts can look forward to leaving behind in later life.
Over-60s from across the county have been quizzed in a national research study aimed at “busting myths and negative perceptions” of growing older – and it’s thrown up more than a few benefits. Cont…Read full original article…
Murders and missing person enquiries are always disturbing, even more so when the police are unable to get to the bottom of them and there remain more questions than answers.
Some of the killings were brutal, almost unimaginable in their depravity and the crimes horrified communities and stumped police — leaving questions that lingered for decades afterward, as years passed without a police arrest or even a credible suspect.
It has been announced that wacky and wonderful World Belly Board Championships will return to Cornwall next year.
The much-loved competition, hosted for 13 years by the National Trust, will return in 2018 after a two-year hiatus and will now be organised and hosted by one of the original co-founders and the RNLI.
The trust said it was handing the event over in order to focus further resources on nature conservation and habitat management work, predominantly to improve the key coastal sites it protects. Cont…Read full original article…
Sitting at an altitude of 2,700m, Real del Monte in the Mexican state of Hidalgo is a pretty colonial-era town. But with its silver mining heritage, architecture and meat pasties, it is also home to a little slice of Cornwall, southwest England.
The surrounding silver mines produced more than half the silver produced during the 300 years of Spanish rule between 1521 and 1821. But the mines were in bad condition when they were sold in 1824 to a group of English investors.
The investors formed the Company of the Gentlemen Adventurers in the Mines of Real del Monte, and recruited more than 130 miners and engineers who had been working in tin mines in Cornwall. When they arrived a year later in Veracruz, some never got any further, falling victim to an outbreak of yellow fever. It took the others more than a year to reach Real del Monte, hauling their Cornish steam engines with the help of donkeys through marshes and rainforests. The famous engines were used to drain the underground water in the Cornish mines and would do the same job in Mexico. Cont…Read full original article…
Located in the most southwest of England, I set off on foot as I hitchhiked my way across the county, and what I discovered will forever stay in my memory.
Cornwall is a beautiful, with a wild heather landscape that’s filled with fauna and an abundance of flora, not to forget to mention its comfortable climate. I started my journey from the eastern part of the Cornish peninsula.
It didn’t take long for the one of Cornish locals to stop their car along the roadside to assist me with my journey. My general experience with the residents was that all were openly friendly, welcoming and had a permenent smile on their face. For me it wasn’t hard to wonder why they were in such good spirits, because there’s a power present in the nature and landscape of Cornwall that absorbs you in a positive energy. Cont…Read full original article…
ASK most Cornish people whether or not Cornwall is a county and if they know its history they will tell you that it’s a whole lot bigger than that.
The men of Cornwall once marched on London in armed revolt, albeit several centuries ago, and nowadays many Cornish people would like to see greater autonomy for their land. Cornwall is also now recognised as a “minority” with its own language and status by the UK Government.
It also has a split nationalist movement and First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is not the only national party leader in the UK to worry about the word “national” in its title.
The Cornish National Party that was founded in 1975 to promote the idea of self-determination for the people of Cornwall has suffered in the past from being linked in people’s minds to the British National Party. After all, the CNP is only one letter away from the BNP. Cont…Read full original article…
Friday dawn cloudy and a little drizzly but it was still pleasant to be able to step out of the tent without feeling the need to put any clothes on. Breakfast was taken on the tent porch and consisted of cup of coffee for me and tea for her.
Raiding the cool we lit up the portable gas cooker and had crispy bacon sandwiches with plenty of pepper then it was a case of what to do for the day as it had turned a little bit chilly. After the normal “well what do you want to do” word exchange we decided to my great delight that we would visit a garden that unroll 25 years ago was very much hidden by decades of decay and neglect.
The Lost Gardens of Heligan (Cornish: Lowarth Helygen, meaning “willow tree garden”), near Mevagissey in Cornwall, are one of the most popular botanical gardens in the UK. The gardens are typical of the 19th century Gardenesque style with areas of different character and in different design styles. Cont…Read full original article…
Do you know your Brown Willy from your Carn Brea? Would you be able to confidently list the proper ingredients in a pasty?
How about Cornwall’s history – do you know why our flag looks how it does?
We’ve created 20 questions that are the Cornish equivalent of the infamous UK Citizenship Test. Also known as the “Life in the UK” test, the citizenship test is one of the criteria for becoming a British citizen or settling here in the UK. Cont…Read full original article…
A herculean adventure race that combines running and the extreme sport of coasteering is set to make a big splash in Cornwall.
Contenders will run 20 miles from St Michael’s Mount to Land’s End in what is being billed as a UK first – the Man vs Coast.
As if that did not sound hard enough, along the way you’ll have to be coasteering, an activity that involves low-level rock climbing, sea swimming and cliff jumps into the Celtic Sea and Atlantic Ocean. …Read full original article…
Last week Cornwall Council Deputy Leader Julian German, Cornwall Councillors and Council officers met with senior officers from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) in Truro to discuss the inclusion of tick boxes for the Cornish and Cornish language on the Census.
Although no change in position was forthcoming from the ONS officials on their visit, Cornish officials remain hopeful that time remains for the Cornish to be granted a tick box on the 2021 census.
In March 2017, in its Fourth Opinion to the UK Government on the Council of Europe’s Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities, the Council of Europe made a specific recommendation to the ONS stating it should “take the necessary measures to include the possibility to self-identify as Cornish, through a ‘tick-box’ in the next census.” Read full original article…
It’s summer (apparently) so what’s better than sitting on a beach with a portion of fish and chips?
We’ve picked some of the best Cornwall chippies where you can enjoy a good ol’ chip butty, beautifully battered cod, a sturdy sausage or some chicken nuggets for the kids.
Whether you enjoy a takeaway by the sea or sit inside and stare out at some of the best harbour views Cornwall has to offer, get along to these naughty but nice fish and chip shops. Read full original article…