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Saturday's Walk

Deciding to make the most of the wonderful weather we've been having, my Mum and I took the dog to the village of Zennor, about 3 miles West of St Ives, on Saturday afternoon. We left the car in the park adjacent to the Back Packers Hostel (formerly the Wesleyan Church) and walked past the old Tinners Arms pub on one side and Zennor Church on the other, and took the lane which skirts the farm along the side of the valley that runs down to the sea, and then onto the footpath to Zennor Head.
We were mostly sheltered from the breeze, which was cold, and really enjoyed the warmth of the sun. First we walked down to where the river flowed quite forcefully and loudly over the boulders and then climbed back up steep granite steps, glad to stop halfway and sit on a very comfortable weathered, lichen clad, wooden seat.

Gurnard's Head can be seen through the haze.
The return walk. Part of the village can be seen ahead - click for a better view.

The Gorse was ablaze with blooms; fat rich yellow flowers filling the surrounding air with a compelling coconut scent triggered by the sun's heat.


  1. It's a fab walk isn't it! Your photos of the gorse look particularly lovely Lesley xo

  2. Its so pretty there Lesley, your so lucky to have your mom to walk with in all that beauty

  3. What a stunning part of the world. Love the gorse, and also love lichen covered wooden benches (having got one in our garden, lucky us!).

  4. I thought I recognised it!! We visited there when we came to Cornwall at New sun but still stunning!!

    C x

  5. We are so lucky living here. Takes your breathe away just looking at your photos and a need to go for a walk again! x

  6. Lovely photos of a gorgeous place!

    Can we have a bigger pic of the dog next time??

  7. Hi everyone and thanks. Isn't it wonderful, the sun is still shining! Lesley x

  8. This is the walk I wished I had done when I holidayed in St. Ives several years ago Lesley. Your photos make me want to kick myself...haha.

  9. Yes, recognise it!!
    such fabulous walks in that area..thank you..take care..

  10. Thanks Cathy and Jude - the weather helped too. Now it's raining :(

  11. shouldn't be raining for long, some more sun for the week ahead i think and hope. I love that walk too, often take the dog!! x x

  12. I can smell the gorse from here.

  13. What a walk! I kept expecting to see Poldark or Demelza along the way.

  14. Hi Noelle, Jill and Jeri - thanks for visiting, will pop along to see you soon! Bye for now.

  15. We once walked from St Ives to Zennor - I think the sign post said 4.5 miles - but we guess these must be Cornish miles as it was a LONG WAY!!!!!! Great Fish pie in the Tinners Arms though and scarey double decker bus ride home!! I went to see your lovely paintings at the Clare White Gallery - you are very very talented - they are lovely. xxx

  16. Hi Diane

    Yes, the coastal path from St Ives to Zennor is arduous and takes at least three hours! The footpath that runs a more direct route through the farms takes only one and a half hours.

    Thanks for going to see my paintings, your comments are much appreciated. Bye for now, Lesley

  17. Oooo, fab, fab walk! We went to Cape Cornwall last weekend and it was wonderful, so we must go on this walk sometime. Thanks for sharing!

  18. Wow! very envious of your stunning environment.

  19. Oh I love that walk and the coconut bun scent too. Really must ge3t there sometime soon. Thanks for the reminder xx

  20. Hello Sue, Dee and Pipany - yes, it is a fab walk, especially when the weather is that good!

    Yesterday was wet and misty - miserable - but those same saturated conditions enhance the richness of the colours of flowers and vegetation, I've noticed. Lesley x

  21. Thanks for sharing your walk Lesley, what an inspiring, beautiful place! Fantastic pics x

  22. Hi Anne, thanks for visiting. Bank Holiday Monday has been sunny too - although with a very cold wind! x

  23. Beautiful~!!~
    what a stunning view and i can almost feel that warm sunshine just looking at your photos~!!~ seeing it all makes me want to get out for a walk and see what spring surprises there might be in my own neighborhood . . . the winds a bit cool but the sun is shining . . . i think you may have started something. i'll take my camera since there is no mom nearby or dog for company~!~ i'll pack a little lunch~!~
    oooohhh and to think i thought i might get caught up on the internet today~!~ lol


  24. I'm totally in awe of this beautiful landscape, Lesley!
    Thanks for sharing your pictures with us!

  25. Libby and Monica thanks, there's no where better when the sun shines! x


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