South East Cornwall Walking Festival
Type: Guided Walk
South East Cornwall Walking Festival 2014
Putting the ‘East’ back into the walking festival
This year’s festival will see the emphasis on walks in the eastern part of South East Cornwall. It also goes to show that there are walks going on around the area all year round organized by volunteers groups such as the Ramblers. The official dates of this year’s festival are the 13th to the 20th September but there are two walks being arranged for the South West Coast Paths Great South West Walks festival that we are including this year, these take place the week after.
Please contact Looe Information Centre’s on 01503 262072 or go to the website at www.looeguide.co.uk
….or just pop in and see them.
Saturday 13th September:
The ‘now customary’ walk to Duloe Beer & Cider Festival. Catch the train from Looe at 10.30 and travel up to St Keyne Station where we will walk through the lanes and paths to Duloe taking in the orchards where the cider apples are grown. The Beer Festival will be in full flow by the time we get there and after a pint or two you can catch a bus back to Looe.
Distance 2 miles
Sunday 14th September:
The Birds of the West Looe Valley. Join local author Derek Spooner for a three hour walk through Kilminorth Woods looking at the diverse bird life in both the woods and on the river.
Meet 2pm By the gate at the far end of the Millpool Carpark, West Looe.
The walk will be preceded by a litter pick in the woods organized by the Friends of Kilminorth Woods at 10.30am, all welcome.
Stoke Climsland to the Tamar. Join our local Ramblers group for a six hour walk through the fields and villages of the Tamar valley. Covering over 10 miles, this is not a walk for beginners!
Meet at the Duchy College, Stoke Climsland (Agri-Food car park) 10.30am Contact John on 01579 344616 for more information.
Mining Heritage Walk
As part of the ‘It’s all about the River’ film festival. Don your walking boots and explore the rich industrial heritage of the upper tidal reaches of the River Tamar with local history expert, Colin Buck, Senior Archaeologist of Historic Environment Projects at Cornwall Council. Meet at train station at 2.30pm to share transport to Clitters Mine. Walk finishes in time for the Pub Cinema: Undercurrents film programme at The Buccaneer, Gunnislake. The walk is suitable for those of moderate fitness but will involve some rough walking across countryside. Please wear weather appropriate clothing and suitable footwear.
Places are limited and advance booking is essential on 01752 584980
For information on the ‘It’s all about the River’ film festival go to www.itsallabouttheriver.org.uk
Monday 15th September:
St Germans Walk.
Explore this historic village and the surrounding countryside with festival organiser Mark Camp. Hear about religion, politics, elephants and railways on this our first ever visit to St Germans in the 14 years of the festival.
Bring a drink and a snack.
Meet outside the Eliot Arms 10.05am
Western Greyhound 572 from Looe at 9.40am; Train from Liskeard at 9.16am
Walk will last approx three hours, some steep climbs.
Tuesday 16th September;
It’s several years since we led a walk into Trenant Woods, across the river from Looe. This year we offer something a little different, a dawn walk! Join us as the sun, hopefully, rises over Looe to take a walk through this ancient woodland and see how the trees have grown over the last few years. ….and perhaps catch some early autumnal colour.
Meet Woodland Trust car park, Polpever 7am Walk will last 3 to 4 hours.
Wednesday 17th September:
West Looe Valley Walk
A sheltered walk along the lovely West Looe River valley. Starting from Duloe we will descend into the valley before taking a gentle amble by the water to Looe, before returning by bus to the start.
Meet outside the entrance to Duloe Church at 10.15am
Western Greyhound 573 from Liskeard 9.27 am or Looe at 10.02am
Distance 5 miles Please wear clothing and footwear suitable for weather and conditions underfoot, which may well be moist! Bring packed lunch and a drink.
Join the Tamar Valley Walk & Talk group for a short walk through the woodland of the National Trust estate on the banks of the Tamar.
Meet Cotehele Quay car park 10.30am. Walk lasts 1½ hours.
Thursday 18th September
Rest day…or buy a copy of Rambles from the Railway from Looe or Liskeard Information Centre’s and explore on your own…
Friday 19th September
East Looe from Above
A town walk with a difference. Join Mark Camp for a walk around East Looe’s lesser used lanes and paths leading higher and higher until we end up overlooking the bay.
Meet outside the Tourist Information Centre at 10am, walk will last 2½ hours.
Saturday 20th September
Mines and Megaliths.
A walk in the shadow of Caradon Hill on the edge of Bodmin Moor. Footpaths and quiet country lanes lead to some well known sites, but also some hidden industrial remains that make up part of Cornwall’s World Heritage sites.
Meet Outside the Crows Nest Inn (Please don’t use their carpark). 10am
574 Western Greyhound from Liskeard at 9.56am; 573 service from Looe at 9.02am connects with this.
Walk will last approx 3 hours.
Tuesday 23rd September
Looe Wildlife Walk (Part of the Great South West Walks Festival)
A 7½ mile walk taking in the varied landscape around Looe including wooded river valleys and the coastal path. This walk MUST be booked in advance with a minimum donation of £7.50 to the SWCP Association For more details go to http://www.southwestcoastpath.org.uk/great-sw-walks/
Sunday 28th September
Tregantle Historical Walk (Part of the Great South West Walks Festival)
Pointless Victorian defences and an extreme example of moving house (come along to find out the whole story) are just two of the subjects covered on this interesting seven mile circular walk that will also include references to watercress and trout. Strange but true! This walk MUST be booked in advance with a minimum donation of £7.50 to the SWCP Association For more details go to http://www.southwestcoastpath.org.uk/great-sw-walks/
Apart from the last two walks, all walks are free. However walks leaders may ask for a donation (suggested £4/£5) to go towards costs of putting the festival on or towards a charity of their choice.
The festival receives no funding and all walks leaders volunteer their time.
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