Category Archives: Health & Wellbeing

Linkinhorne Loop 3 miles


3 MILE circular walk. http://www.geograph.org.uk/showmap.php?gridref=SX320735
Starting at Linkinhorne. Park by The Church House Inn, maybe explore the St Melors Church 1st! and finish at the pub. Make sure to check opening hours . (363711)
Exiting the church main gate, turn left and take the road towards Rilla Mill around the bend and at the next junction note the stone stile over the hedge by the gate. Take this and see ahead the gateway straight in-front of you. This field and the next had a crop of maize. Go in a straight line towards the large tree and spot a wooden fence just to the left, taking you down over a stone hedge stile.
Keep on a straight line and you’ll discover a stream in-front of you. Depending on the level of the water, will depend where you cross. BUT cross you must, through the small gate or over the hedge (we climbed over the hedge just to the right of the gate) and went straight on, by the best pathway we could find out of the bog. Head to the gateway just left of the house in the post and rail fence, into the garden, and keep just above the pond.
See the stile in the hedge ahead, taking you into the driveway.
Cross over the driveway, entering a grass field by a small gate and aim for the top right corner, to a stile.
Over this stile into a field that had sunflowers growing, keep the hedge on your left and go straight to the metal gate and road. Turn right. The FP signpost is just about still standing here.
After a short distance you’ll come to a crossroads at BUTTS HALWINNICK .. keep straight on past Clampit Cottage on your left.. then on your right, the FB signpost was just about hanging in there, enter the field via a new metal gate. (the old gate discarded inside on the left) Looking straight ahead see the next metal gate. Once here look behind to see the lovely granite post. Continue straight across this field, sown with grass seed to another metal gate.
The next couple fields are permanent pasture land, keep the hedge on your left, with an old track running alongside. Eventually you’ll see buildings ahead, the track leads you to a metal gate and a lane, taking you by a number of buildings at PENGELLY. Follow this driveway which brings you onto a road, turn right and continue all the way back to Linkinhorne. Turn right just before the red phone box, back to the pub/church. Great views of Sharpe Tor on the way out and Kit Hill on the way back. This walk can be easily extended by joining up with other footpath walks. Enjoy.

Duchy College news


News from The Duchy College Stoke Climsland

MSc Student Has Research Published In Horse & Hound Magazine

Owners may well be rugging their horses when it is not necessary – and may be compromising their welfare as a result, a study has shown. Although it has become routine for many horses to be rugged all year, there have been few studies on rugging, and none on the effects of different rugs on horses’ body temperature. Continue reading

Stroke Befriending Service


Stroke Befriending Service

Have you had a stroke and would like to speak to someone who understands? Volunteer Cornwall’s Stroke Befriending Service could be just the thing you’re looking for.

One of our friendly Stroke Befriending volunteers can meet with you on a regular basis and offer support and encouragement. We have found this can really help to build confidence and make people feel less isolated and more connected to their community.

This is a completely free service and volunteers can visit people at home, in hospital or in a care home. Stroke Befriending is also available via telephone, email and video call.

Or if you have had a stroke and would like to help someone else in their recovery journey, why not get in touch and find out more about becoming a Stroke Befriending volunteer?

Contact Volunteer Cornwall to make a referral or find out more:

Email – Laura Smith, Stroke Befriending Co-ordinator, lauras@volunteercornwall.org.uk

Call – 01872 266997

Visit https://www.volunteercornwall.org.uk/how-we-help/health-social-care/stroke-befriending-service

The Copper Trail


The Copper Trail is a 60 miles circular walk around Bodmin Moor.

Divided into 6 sections Ali and friends are walking the route in Sept/Oct. If interested in the whole route or a section, or joining us along the way somewhere please contact iamalihumphreys@yahoo.com

Minions to St Neot 8 1/2 miles

St Neot to Bodmin 13 miles

Bodmin to Camelford 6 miles

Camelford to Five Lanes  10 1/2 miles

Five Lanes to Minions 9 miles

There’s a book written by Mark Camp who we have contacted and will be joining us for some sections and sharing his knowledge and enthusiasm. If you would like a copy, let me know and read up on some of the history on our doorstep.

setting off my pathetic attempt at a selfie with the group 🙂

Walking Festival


Sun 9th: Liskeard to Looe Walk. Meet Liskeard Station (main entrance) 10.30am. Walk is about 11 miles and takes around 6 hours. Please bring refreshments. At the end of the walk, journey back to Liskeard by train or bus.

Sun 9th: Mt Edgcumbe Country Park Walk. Organised by the Ramblers, more details HERE

Mon 10th: Antony Passage Walk. Organised by Saltash Walk & Talk Group. More details HERE

Tue 11th: TBC

Wed 12th: West of Fowey Walk. Organised by the Ramblers, more details HERE

Wed 12th: Artists of Polperro Talk. Festival organiser Mark Camp will be giving a talk about the history of artists in Polperro. Starts 7.30pm Pelynt Village Hall nr Looe.

Thur 13th: Polruan Village Walk. Meet Polruan Quay More details HERE

Thur 13th: Unlocked Liskeard Walk. Discover the history of Liskeard as part of Heritage Open days. More details HERE

Fri 14th: Liskeard Geology Walk. A different way at looking at a towns buildings. More details HERE

Sat 15th: Duloe Ale & Cider Fest Walk. Celebrate the 18th birthday of the walking festival with a shortish walk through the Looe Valley to the ale fest. Catch train from Looe at 10.20am

Sun 16th: Drangways of Liskeard Walk. Explore the ‘alternative Liskeard Heritage trail’ More details HERE

https://www.visitcornwall.com/whats-on/sports/south-coast/looe/south-east-cornwall-walking-festival

PLUS Ali is walking on Sunday 23rd and Monday 24th Sept – walking THE SAINTS WAY  from Padstow to Fowey (28 miles ish). If you would like to join us for the whole walk or a part,  let Ali know ASAP Thank You iamalihumphreys@yahoo.com  https://www.oliverscornwall.co.uk/saintsway.html

Eat Local Ice Cream, support British Farming


The hot weather is also a great excuse to eat more ice cream to stay cool!

Do you prefer a cone or tub, single or double scoop, sauce or no sauce? Whichever way you choose to eat your cool treat this summer, be sure to back British farming. Supporting the industry has never been more important, so what better way than to treat yourself than with a scoop of British dairy ice cream on a warm summer’s day!

Here are some local producers, many encourage site visits, so why not go explore them.

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Get out and Explore the area


The summer holidays provide the perfect time to get out and about in your local area. You and your friends and family will be amazed by what you can find just a few steps from home. The British countryside is a working landscape of grazing livestock, growing crops and fruiting trees – it is where our food is produced.  Filled with expansive green spaces, extensive woodland, water streams and rolling hills, the great outdoors is a giant adventure playground waiting to be explored.

To be in with a chance of winning £100 from Joules, download your free ‘Countryside Safari’ activity sheet and find out more about how British farmers protect wildlife and habitats on their farms, care for their animals and produce the food on our plates. Don’t forget to stay safe though, and follow the countryside code. > Activity sheet here https://www.countrysideonline.co.uk/assets/108870

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Maders, Trevigro 5 1/2 mile loop.


5 1/2 mile circular.     Maders, Haye Mill Trevigro loop                                          July 3rd 2018

From Golberdon crossroads, take the Callington/Maders road, past the bus stop and spot the track on your left, follow this to a metal gate and into a grass field. The footpath deadends at the farm but the landowner has given permission to follow the hedge on the right around to a gate into the next field. Cross straight over, to a gap in the hedge and use stepping stones over the water. There maybe stock in this field, sometimes there’s sheep and today there were curious cattle. Follow the fence to the gate at the end and through into the adjoining field and a short distance to a double metal gate on your right. Through into another field go straight across to the road gate on the South Hill to Maders road at the junction with the Manaton entrance. Looking back you’ll see Caradon Mast, Cheesering and Sharp Tor and also see St Sampsons church at SOUTH HILL. (and maybe the cattle have followed you 🙂 )

Take care crossing the road and take the track off to the right. This brings you out on the corner on Jericho Road. Keep straight on past THE CHUTNEY SHED and on the corner take the track off to your right. This is usually impassable but with the dry weather is now a great walk. Continue reading

Memory Cafe


Are you caring for someone with Dementia, or do you perhaps have concerns about your own memory? It can be lonely and worrying but you’re not on your own. Many people around you are in the same boat. You don’t have to feel isolated. More people than ever are becoming dementia aware, and most organisations need, and want, to be dementia friendly.

You may have seen posters for Memory Cafes and wondered what they are about. They are a great place for people with dementia and memory problems to socialise in an informal and friendly atmosphere. Memory Cafes are held in Liskeard, Callington, Launceston, Downderry, Looe, and many more places in the South West. Most are held monthly, some are more frequent. Pensilva has its own Memory Cafe. It is a small friendly group who meet once a month for tea and cake and a bit of relaxing fun. We might have some music, a simple game or quiz, and a bit of reminiscing. You can join in if you want to, but nothing is compulsory. We hope you will just relax and not worry about anything for a couple of hours. There is no charge but we do appreciate a donation in the region of £1 each towards expenses.

It might be worth coming along to join us just to see what goes on. You might find it beneficial to yourself, or your partner, or a parent, or friend. You might even enjoy it. Why not give it a try? You’d be most welcome. There’s nothing to lose.

We meet on the fourth Thursday of each month from 2pm – 4pm. We’d love to see you at St John’s Church, next to the Millennium Centre, PL14 5NF.

For more information contact Carolyn or Pat – 01579 363461 or 01579 362698 email carolynandgeoff@gmail.com or patdilworth@hotmail.co.uk

If you are a carer of anyone, of any age or condition (not just dementia), you will benefit enormously from the help of Kernow Carers Service. Freephone 0800 5878191.

June 2nd 2:45 – 3:45pm The MEMORY CAFÉ Callington Town Hall, Percussion experience workshop for adults with Dementia and Alzheimer’s.

A Guide to Saving Energy in the Home


SHARE Energy Booklet – click here…

Brought to you by South Hill Association for Renewable Energy with the Energy Saving Trust, a copy of this booklet has been delivered to every household in South Hill Parish.

Packed with tips and information to help you save energy and money at home, and reduce your Carbon footprint.

For our readers outside the Parish, and for those who prefer to read online, just click on the picture or the link above to download the booklet as a pdf (3.18MB).

To find out more about the Energy Saving Trust please visit their website, here…