Category Archives: Health & Wellbeing

Holmbush wood loop 6 miles


Part of this route can only be walked in dry weather, so ideal now.

As always we start at Golberdon crossroads, laminated copies of this and other walks are available at the parish hall porch. This walk is a nearly 6 mile walk.

Take the road opposite the war memorial sign posted to South Hill.

Continue pass Keadeen B&B, down to the bridge at Coombe and Phil Cole the butcher and Coombe Small Animal Hotel.

Up the slope pass Trewassick around the bend and look for the double metal gates on your right hand side. The footpath sign is missing. The gate opens easily and please carefully close it behind you. There was young cattle here yesterday and an electric fence which is easy to duck under, I advice you not to touch it. Plus if you run the cattle will run, if you stop they will stop.

Keep the hedge on your left all the way to the gate in the bottom corner. Again an easy gate to open,  close putting the rope over the post.

On the road turn RIGHT, past Tregate and the bridge. Can you spot the marker stone, on your left? Pass Higher Ford and the wide sweeping verge (the road was widen here some years ago)

At MANATON  take the narrow track to the right of the entrance. This brings you onto the Jericho Rd, straight ahead you’ll pass The Chutney Shed. Just before Jericho there is a field planted with Lavender, and just after the narrow point where the pot holes always are, there is a marker stone on your right.

And onto Camelot Kennels and the dangerous main road, taking care, cross over.

A short way on your right you’ll see a gate into the woods at Holmbush. Take the track and if you have time, explore some of the paths, otherwise, at the junctions take a left, right, left, right, left, until eventually you’ll come to the old mine buildings.

Take the path through the buildings and around to the right following a steepish path dropping down into the road. This is Stoke Rd at Kelly Bray, go RIGHT and pick up the pavement , look for painted stones here.

At the Swingle Tree pub, cut through the car park and cross the main road again and keep RIGHT.

Pass Appleby Lodge and at the next track off to your LEFT take the sign posted Bridlepath. Following the track you’ll come to a metal gate, it’s off it’s hinges, so take care opening and closing. On your right, you’ll see a lovely dated granite marker stone.

Keep following this stoney track, taking in the views of Callington on your left. Eventually you’ll come to a track that joins from the left from Maders, that’s another walk, today stay straight on. Just before the  track narrows, there are 2 gateways opposite eachother, on your right is another marker stone.

Continuing, the track become grassy and muddy, fine in dry weather but unadvisable on foot when wet, At the end of the track turn LEFT and soon you’ll see The Chutney Shed again. Keep to the road.

At the junction turn RIGHT then immediately LEFT this junction is known as Beech tree locally. The road is narrow for a short distance , then widens out. From here to Golberdon this area was GOLBER DOWN all open common land, until divided and enclosed in the 1800’s.

Follow the road straight back to the crossroads where you started.

South Hill Emergency Support


CALL 07543 062251 IF YOU NEED ANYTHING

We have been running the South Hill Emergency support now for 5 weeks and although it started quite slowly we have ended up being quite busy.

The biggest problem in South Hill is the distance between the houses, meaning that during the lockdown we have had to rely on the Great work of the South Hill Parish facebook page and the newsletter to let people know we are here to help. Thank you for this as it has obviously been effective.

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Attitudes to Home Carers


This is a long post. Written by my granddaughter who is a key worker in Cornwall. I don’t clap for her… I cry and worry.

I don’t work for the NHS, but I am a community carer – unfortunately we don’t get the same acknowledgement as them. (Although I do appreciate everything they do!!)

We get sent to the back of the queue when trying to shop in a short amount of time for clients, I’ve been told off many times by members of the public for not wearing gloves in shops whilst wearing my uniform because of the job I do & the ‘germs I carry’, I see people cross the road whilst I’m in uniform, I’ve been asked silly questions & looked at funny, all because I’m not working for the NHS & am ‘just a carer’.

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We are proud of our mum


Our mum, Charlotte Wilton, has been working hard at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth as the Maternity Matron there. She usually works a lot of hours but the last few weeks she has been working even more than usual preparing for any potential admissions of women with COVID-19 and changing services ensuring that there are enough staff to care for the women during pregnancy, labour and after the birth if there are lots of staff off from work sick. 

At the end of March she filmed a short video that is on YouTube, Twitter and had 14,000 views on Facebook. You watch the video below.

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Recycling for Charity update.


We feel the responsible action is to stop collecting the recycling for now. We dont want to touch your items! and dont want to risk passing on any germs or virus. Please sort your items carefully going forward….. as we still dont want to touch your items and with the backlog we wont have the time to sort so will just bin any bag that doesn’t look sorted.

By sorted we mean, putting like items together that then are boxed separately to be sent to Terracycle, If you cant do this just dont bother leaving the items . If you drop off where there are marked bins, it should be self explanatory otherwise here’s what we accept.

1. Empty Crisps packets, shaken out, no need to wash, all size packets, including multiply packs and all brands .

2. Nuts, pretzels, popcorn, pork scratchings all brands plus Pringles brand only, the whole thing including the plastic and foil lid. Plus Stretchy bread bags from sliced bread only.

3. Biscuit, crackers and cakes wrappers. Mini Cheddars, Mini Rolls, Ryvita, Rice Cakes, Hot cross buns, Jaffa cakes, Rocky include multipacks

4. Sweets and chocolates wrappers, individual and bags, no trays, foil or paper

5. Clean dry bagged pet pouches plus all pets food teats and plastic biscuit bags

6. Used toothbrushes, electric heads, toothpaste tubes (no pumps) and dental floss containers .

7. Flexible tubes from creams, gels, ointments, lotions . Hand moisturizers . All Plastic from hair dye kits. Lipsticks, lip balms, lip gloss, mascaras, eye shadow compacts.

8. Triggers and hand pumps off bottles. plastic Roll on deodorants no glass, personal care cleaning wipes packets. If it has baby wipes written on the packet we can not accept them.

9. Home cleaning wipes packets, Dishwasher tablet packs, plastic air fresheners.

10. Empty Baby food pouches with lids all brands and baby snacks like Ella’s , Goodies…

IF IT’S NOT ON THIS LIST, WE CANT ACCEPT IT.

Frogwell Loop walk August 18th 11am


Ali will be leading the CALSTOCK FOOTPATH SOCIETY Monthly walk on August 18th Here’s a rough outline offering a 3.5 to 4 mile and a 6.5 miles route.

Both routes start at The Doctors surgery on Haye Rd at 11am and take the lane to Frogwell, where we pick up the Footpath to Pencrebar Farm and the track down to Callington Newbridge. We follow the river and cross fields looping back around to Caddapitt and take the footpath through the woods for a lunch stop before heading onto to Haye Mill where you can see the working water wheel. The shorter walk will take Haye Rd which leads directly back to the start. 4 stiles, some ups and downs.

The longer walk will continue through the woods and emerge at Southland Farm and pick up South Hill Rd. we past the new homes being built opposite the fire station to Bowling Green. Crossing the road and going up Florence Hill we pick up the track behind the college bringing us out eventually near Tesco on Tavistock Rd and making our way back to the cars. 6.5 miles.

No dogs unless service dogs, (there will probably be animals in the fields) free to members (join for 6 quid) and 3 quid for non members. Bring a drink and packed lunch and wear your walking gear, should be dry all the way underfoot.

Questions : iamalihumphreys@yahoo.com or phone 01579 384544