South East Cornwall Walking Festival

South East Cornwall Walking Festival 2012South East Cornwall Walking Festival is organised and run by Mark Camp from the Looe Tourist Information Centre.

Mark is a knowledgeable and authoritative guide and along with other walk leaders the South East Cornwall Walking Festival has become one of the premier events in the South East Cornwall calendar.

The South East Cornwall Walking Festival has been up and running for over 10 years and is basically a weeklong festival of walks around this beautiful part of Cornwall. Many of the walks take in the coastline. seaside villages, tiny rural hamlets, the majestic Tamar Valley and even the edge of Bodmin Moor.

The guides will lead you on walks ranging from gentle strolls of a couple of miles to longer walks of up to seven hours. There really is a walk for everyone this year and no excuse for not getting out and getting to know our local environment.

So, get your hiking boots on, knock up some lunch (some walks visit Cornish pubs and cafés on route) and set off with a guide from the South East Cornwall Walking festival, to discover some of Cornwall’s lesser known natural and historical attractions.

Walk leaders guide for free but you’re asked for a suggested donation of £4 per person towards either costs or the organiser’s charity of choice.

For further information, call Looe TIC on 01503 262072

South East Cornwall Walking Festival

Duloe Circle Walk - Saturday 15th September
Start Outside Duloe Church 10am

Length approx 4 miles

Time 3 hours

Join South East Cornwall Walking Festival organiser Mark Camp for the opening walk of the week. Explore Duloe and its surrounding countryside, including its 4000 year old stone circle, before returning to the village where the ever popular beer and cider festival will be taking place.
Bring a snack and drink. Please use the 573 bus from Looe or Liskeard if you plan to have a pint or two…

Searching for Seaweeds - Saturday 15th September
Join Looe Marine Conservation Group volunteers on the shoreline at West Looe for a couple of hours all about seaweeds. Find out how to identify different types and learn the art of seaweed pressing.

Free, but donations to the Looe Marine Conservation Group are welcome.

Start 10:00 by the Coastguard Station, Hannafore, West Looe

Liskeard to Looe Walk - Sunday 16th September

Always popular, this 11 mile walk down the West Looe valley is easier than it sounds! With plenty to look at along the way and with festival organiser Mark Camp to guide you, the miles will fly by. Trains or buses can be used to return to Liskeard.

Start Liskeard Station main entrance 10.30

Length 11 miles approx.

Please bring packed lunch and drink

Walk lasts about 7 hours

Looe to Portnadler Nature Walk - Monday 17th September
Join our local coastline expert for a shortish walk west of the town to Portnadler Beach. There will be lots of stops along the way to observe and learn about the rich wildlife of our estuary, shore and seas. There will be time to have a picnic on the beach and to explore the rockpools before we return to Looe. A good South East Cornwall Walking Festival trip for children.

Donations to the Looe Marine Conservation Group are welcome.

Meet 11am at Looe Tourist Information Centre, East Looe. Walk will last approx. 3 hours

Bring a picnic, suitable footwear and weather gear. Binoculars useful, but not essential.

Respryn Ramble - Tuesday 18th September
Following the Fowey River, this South East Cornwall Walking Festival walk explores the countryside around the Lanhydrock estate, looking at the not so obvious bits of its history. As well as the fantastic river and woodland scenery, there are remains of Cornwall’s china clay industry and its railway heritage. We might even see a stream train!

Start Bodmin Parkway Station 11.30am and lasts approx 4 hours (3½ miles)

Bring drink and packed lunch.

Caradon Hill Bo Foaks Memorial Walk - Wednesday 19th September
Start 10am Outside Minions Post Office and shop,

Walk will last 3 hours.

Join Iain Rowe for a walk around the mining remains of Caradon Hill and discover what work has been done recently by the Caradon Hill Area Heritage Project, of which Iain is an officer. We have renamed this the Bo Foaks Memorial walk after the recent passing of the South East Cornwall Walking Festival’s good friend and supporter Bo. Come along and celebrate a landscape that he loved with a smile and some good company.

Donations will be taken towards Stuart House in Liskeard, somewhere Bo generously supported.

West Looe Evening Walkabout - Wednesday 19th September
Last years walk was the wettest we have ever done, but you still came along!! This year we will try again! From tide mills to tourism, see how the ‘other side’ of the river developed over the years.

Meet outside Looe Library 6pm, walk will last approx 3 hours

A Peep at St Veep - Thursday 20th September
Heading west again towards the Fowey River, join Mark Camp on a South East Cornwall Walking Festival walk around the paths and lanes of St Veep parish. Here tales of several dodgy characters over the ages, take in some fine views and even sample some local cider.

Walk starts at St Veep Church 1pm and lasts approx 4 hours, about 3½ miles. Bring refreshments.

Sorry but no public transport can be used to reach this walk.

Tamar Valley Walk - Friday 21st September
Join our Tamar Valley expert Jane for a South East Cornwall Walking Festival walk in the Calstock, Gunnislake area. Meet at Calstock station in time to catch the 09.15 train to Gunnislake. We will then walk back to Calstock via the villages of Metherell and St Dominick on quiet paths and lanes. Walk distance 8 miles. Bring a packed lunch and a drink.

If coming from Plymouth, catch the 08.40 train Plymouth to Calstock, and catch the first train back to Plymouth after the walk, and if coming by car, park in Calstock station car park (or the main Calstock car park if full) in time to catch the train at 09.15.

Earth Walk - Friday 21st September
An Earth Walk is a light, refreshing way of getting in touch with nature. The emphasis is upon reawakening individual senses, sharing and exploring. Ideal for families with children aged 5-10 but a wonderful South East Cornwall Walking Festival walk for all ages. Lead by Matt Nott of Looe Marine Conservation Group.

Time: 10am – 11.30am.

Start at the gateway into Hannafore fields, West Looe.

No unaccompanied children.

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