This week, I decided to take up WordPress’ weekly ‘photo challenge’ with the special subject, ‘escape‘ – and see if anyone notices! My escape is walking: it costs nothing (except travel costs, perhaps), the exercise is great for clearing the cobwebs, its ideal space for ‘dreaming’, and the dogs are especially grateful. An ocular feast for mind, body and soul, in the company of special canine friends who are soon lost in their search for squirrels / rabbits, and don’t need to be engaged in conversation! What better escape from the normal demands of everyday life can there be?
A Circular Walk from Kestle Barton
Of course it’s not just one photo but a sequence of photos that follow the linear route of my walk. I decided not to doctor them to make them look pretty but to keep them in tact as a ‘working’ document. The most challenging thing about this particular ‘challenge’ was picking just 20 or so photos from the 136 that I took!
In the 13 years since I have lived in Cornwall I have never visited the village of Helford on the Lizard Peninsula. I wanted to see Jessica Cooper‘s paintings that are currently showing at Kestle Barton and in the process discovered there was a 2 mile circular walk from Kestle that takes in a couple of coves along the Helford River.
Taking my very battered Lizard OS and the map that Ryya kindly gave me from the gallery at Kestle Barton, going clockwise, I began my descent into Frenchman’s Creek. Pretty soon we are into the woods that run down the valley.
The smell of wild garlic is pervasive after a sudden hail storm.
Writing this up, I suddenly realise I didn’t pass a single person on my walk. Not even a smuggler going about his business. I decide to add this walk to my list of favourites.
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