St Breward Parish Church

St Breward Parish Church - St Breward, Bodmin, North Cornwall

St Breward Parish Church - St Breward, Bodmin, North Cornwall

This is the church at St Breward, situated at the top of the village and reputed to be the highest church above sea-level in Cornwall. If you’re feeling a little thirsty after looking round the church there’s a pub right next door.

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Engine House – South Phoenix Mine, Minions

Engine House - South Phoenix Mine, Minions, Liskeard, S.E. Cornwall

Engine House - South Phoenix Mine, Minions, Liskeard, S.E. Cornwall

Minions, on the southern edge of Bodmin Moor is one of my favourite locations. I like to visit at least once a year and will generally take in The Cheesewring or a walk to Sharp Tor at the same time. There are numerous mining relics in this area, of which this is one. Today it is a Mining Heritage centre and a visit will reveal the history of mining in this area, including many old photographs. Although difficult to believe today, Minions was, in the latter half of the 19th century something of frontier town, not to say “a den of iniquity”. It sported numerous public houses and the odd brothel or two, and like the “Klondike” towns of the American West was populated mostly by the men who worked in the mines, most of whom came from elsewhere in the county. Today you will find no trace of its shady past, apart from the remaining mine relics, but instead you will find a sleepy village with a fine pub and a village shop, and numerous walks you can use to discover the delights of this corner of our county.

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Panoramic View of Siblyback Lake

Panoramic View of Siblyback Lake, St Cleer, Liskeard, Cornwall

Panoramic View of Siblyback Lake, St Cleer, Liskeard, Cornwall

This is a panoramic view of the whole of Siblyback Lake, made by stitching 6 separate images together. The lake is used for recreational purposes including fishing and sailing. There is also a fine easy walk around the whole of the perimeter, though good walking boots are recommended as parts of the path can be muddy at times. Click on the image to see a larger view.

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Lone Tree – Stowes Hill, Minions

Lone Tree - Stowes Hill, Minions, Liskeard, South East Cornwall (David Carvey)

Lone Tree - Stowes Hill, Minions, Liskeard, South East Cornwall (David Carvey)

Photographers love the single tree, one that stands alone in its landscape, strong, enduring and permanent. I’ve never really analysed what it is I like about this subject, and maybe it will take many more images to come to a conclusion, so for now I will just present this example for you to look at, and maybe you can come to your own conclusions and let me know in the comment box below.

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Brown Willy, Bodmin Moor, North Cornwall

Brown Willy, Bodmin Moor, North Cornwall (David Carvey)

Brown Willy, Bodmin Moor, North Cornwall

This is Brown Willy, the highest point in Cornwall at 420m (1375 ft) high. From the summit, on a clear day it is possible to see both the North and South Coasts of Cornwall. It is possible to walk to the summit via Rough Tor and I have prepared a description of the walk here. The walk could be tackled by any reasonably fit person, but I would remind you that you will be walking on open moorland and suitable clothing and footwear should be worn and an accurate weather forecast or the area be obtained before setting out.

This image was made on an autumn evening and was taken from Rough Tor across the valley between the two peaks. You can see the nature of the ground by the rocks in the foreground which provided me with a point of interest in this area. The side of the peak is bathed in some glorious warm light and I particularly like the way the shadows and highlights play across the ground and the way the side lighting has enhanced the texture of the terrain. Hope you like it.

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