Sometimes I feel so lucky.
Last week we were at Tregiffian in the best winter days I could imagine, clear sunny days with amazing visibility, and freezing cold star filled nights.
Today I’m back and spending a couple of evenings at Archavon, in St Just, and the weather is perfect again.
Having driven hundreds of miles this morning I didn’t feel like getting back into the car, and so Polly and I walked over to Tregiffian.
Across the fields it took 50 minutes, and that included time to take a few photos, and find the dog’s ball when she was distracted. Good job dad was watching.
It’s a good walk with plenty of options. I tend to take the longer cliff top route on the way out, then the shorter fields route back, especially if we’ve stopped in The Star or the Kings.
Across the fields, leaving St Just via South Place, you’ll pass through the top of Cot Valley and you should see these two great houses (below), both alongside the path. Cot Manor is a charming large self catering house that’s on the market at the moment, and Cot Mill is special too.
Further along you’ll pass in front of the little hamlet of Trevegean, home of well known gardener and artist Penny Black. There’s a collage of Penny’s at New Forge from 1996.
From there cross a few fields, under Gurlands Farm and you’ll soon be at Tregiffian.
I won’t try to direct you, each time the crops change the chance of going the wrong way alters – take a map and you’ll be fine.
Today I walked back along the cliffs, this took more like an hour and a half, and it’s a whole lot harder – but the rewards are even better views.
Nanjulian, Cot Valley, The Cape. Perfect.
Try both ways. You’ll have earned your dinner!