Caught in a quick hail storm, just before arriving at Landulph church, a warm welcome from Terry and chance to ring the bells and climb the tower, we left speaking Spanish .
Leaving Landulph we picked up footpaths down to Cargreen, up over and behind the solar array, the flooded road allowed us to clean any mud from our boots, before arriving at Botus Fleming church and Eric provided some interesting history including the Scout and Soldier and others buried there, again we were able to climb the tower and ring the 6 bells… an interesting chiming system as well.
We couldn’t pass The Rising Sun without popping in for a drink, and plan the next walk.
Our band of regular bell walkers, set off from Wheal Tor for a 7 mile hike crossing mining country and the river Seaton twice. To Darite and Tremar Coombe, at St Cleer church we had a warm welcome and were shown up the tower to see the great views, the plans for their bells and the opportunity to make some noise… then returning via Rosecraddock woods and back for a lovely evening meal at The Wheal Tor Inn. Thank you to everyone for making this possible and so special.
The group had a great evening walk, and were greeted at Brentor church by their Bell Captain. We draw quite a crowd as we rang the bells and the many visitors had a thrill as we left and they had the treat of bell ringing.
The route took us onto the moorland and we watched gliders circling overhead as we took footpaths in a circular 7miles walk. The evening finished with everyone enjoying meals at THE ROYAL, Horsebridge.
On a hot sunny day, we headed off on foot from Liskeard train station at 9am taking the road down to Lemellion and the site of the wool depot which closed in Feb 2021. Then taking tracks and footpaths stopping at Herodsfoot, All Saints, and popped in to see Ian the churchwarden and his dog Cheddy. Ian knew all about South Hill being a farm rep back in the day! A pretty little church with one bell, which we were allowed to ring, an interested bell rope …. The windows have recently been renovated by The Pipers, who have been working on St Sampson’s… and the community have painted the inside, with lots of scaffolding. Herodsfoot All Saints | National Churches Trust
We followed a shady path alongside the West Looe river down to Watergate and into Looe…. where we ran into a couple locals and of course rewarded ourselves with ice creams. …. after nearly 12 miles well deserved. We took the 3:15pm train back to Liskeard.
Taken from the Parish Council report of the meetings held on 16 May 2023
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Park in the car park opposite the social club/village hall, at 9:50am, walk via Saint Neot to the church to meet the bell tower captain. Let me know if you intend to join us. So we don’t leave anyone behind. There maybe an opportunity to shortened the walk if needed. There are toilets at the start/finish car park and at the church and pub.
If you want to join us… I look forward to hearing from you. Ali. 07305 044049
In the earliest Life of St Neot (written in the mid-eleventh century, perhaps by a Cornishman, but anyway for St Neots in Huntingdonshire), the saint is portrayed as an Anglo-Saxon, who studied first at Glastonbury, then retired to Cornwall to become a hermit. It is this Life which first tells the story of King Alfred and the Cakes, in Somerset (a story which is not in Asser’s Life of King Alfred). Although St Neot is here said to have been a Saxon, nothing is known for sure of his actual origin. All that we know is that he was buried at St Neot, probably between about 865 and 893, and that his remains were later taken to St Neots in Huntingdonshire.
The one thing which is sure is that he actually visited St Neot and remained grateful for the relief from illness which he received through praying at the shrine of St Gueriir here. This happened before he became king of Wessex (while one of his three elder brothers was still on the throne), but while the sub-King Dungarth was still ruling Cornwall, who may be commemorated on the stone in St Cleer parish nearby. One of Dungarth’s courts would have been at Liskeard, of which the name implies a court (Cornish lys), possibly ‘of stags’ (Cornish kerwys, older kerwyd); in the later Middle Ages there were two royal deer-parks in Liskeard parish. King Alfred was on a hunting visit when he visited St Neot. Was he on a royal visit to the sub-king Dungarth, staying at Liskeard and being entertained there?
The cross of Doniert and the large cross outside the door of St Neot church are both in the new style of ornamented cross, introduced into Cornwall in around 900. This means that the one would be of about the right date for ‘Doniert’ to refer to King Dungarth (it is a variant spelling of the same name); and the other would be of the right date to have been presented to the church by King Alfred in gratitude for the help that he received from St Gueriir’s shrine there. If St Neot died during King Alfred’s reign, he might already have been living at St Neot, and might have shared in the king’s gratitude. So it is possible that this cross at the church was given to us by King Alfred. TY Kate.
Starting at Luckett car park at 10am, (there is limited space here) we’ll stride out to Horse Bridge along the muddy footpath. Or meet us at there. ( it’ll take us 1/2 hour to walk ) More muddy footpaths take us through Scrub Tor (where we spotted deer on our recce) and fields with new born lambs to Sydenham Dameral church, (4 miles) arriving at 12 noon ish.
We’ve been invited to climb the tower to see their bells…..
Heading back via Horse Bridge ( to cross the Tamar) and pick up anyone that slipped away to the pub. .. we’ll follow the road back to Luckett BUT .. by the new defibrillator … (adding a couple miles) we’ll head off along the footpath to Broadgate Engine House… then drop down crossing the leat and follow the mine workings track to the road, taking the footbridge over the ford. Staying on the Apple Line under Deer Park, we will encounter their wonderful Highland Cattle, and back onto Luckett Hill and DOWN to our start/finish. 8.8 miles in total.
Great weather to start our walk, came in drizzly as we arrived at St Mary’s church and climbed the tower, wonderful views, and fun “ringing” the bells. Thank you to Mike for a great hour, before heading back via Sydenhal Dameral Mill and as soon as we crossed into Cornwall the weather cleared again.