On foot from the Eden Project to St. Austell

It’s easy to get in the car and drive as a way of exploring but inevitably the experience will be different from making a journey on foot. Thus, after noticing there were footpaths leading from the Eden Project site to the surrounding towns, I decided we needed to investigate.

The idea was to go to Wheal Martyn, without knowing what to expect. Then en route, as it was raining and we were starting to get a little weary, we found shelter under some kind of dilapidated roof, whereupon I took the opportunity to do a little GPS search. The upshot was that I discovered we were heading for a museum about the clay pits in the area.

On Saturday, we had driven past the conical hill featured above and wondered what it was. Surely, such did not exist in nature? So, having actually walked past a clay pit before we found our shelter, we now had a notion of what the hill might be.

We didn’t find the museum, though, so our notions were not confirmed. Instead we stopped off at a pub on the outskirts of St. Austell for lunch and then made our way back through the southeast Cornish countryside.

In spite of getting resoundingly wet through, I thoroughly enjoyed looking at people’s gardens, the occasional remnant from Cornwall’s industrial past (namely chimney stacks in the middle of fields) and roadside vegetation. The crocosmia tickled me the most!

Back at the Eden Project, I realised we could get quite a good view of the site without paying a penny to go in. The biome domes are particularly hard to miss.

And I noticed a large patch of white dogwood (Cornus alba Kesselringii), which I had bought last week at Bluebell Nursery in Leicestershire, by the bus stop at the Project’s entrance. Good to have a perspective on its potential dimensions…. hopefully, this will help with my garden planning.

This dogwood is taller than me

About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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3 Responses to On foot from the Eden Project to St. Austell

  1. The contrast between walking and driving as it effects what we see is so pertinent to me as I recover from one knee replacement and await the next. I look forward to walking again

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