Saturday, 14 February 2009

Parka to Penhale Walk

Fraddon and Penhale Enhancement Association has just launched a new booklet to promote a local footpath. I had the privilege to help with this project by formatting the booklet and helping write the text.

The booklet includes a map of a circular walk which starts at the Blue Anchor public house, leads towards St Columb Road before heading back through farmland to Barton Lane and then on to Penhale. It is illustrated with a series of sketches and small water colour paintings produced by Catherine Collingridge as part of a Falmouth College of Arts project a number of years ago.

The walk is 2.5 miles long and should not be too strenuous for the relatively fit walker. It passes through the heart of our village community and a medieval landscape, associated with farms that are over one thousand years old. Various historic features, such as buildings and the remains of Parka Mine near St Columb Road and the Penhale Moor Mine, can also be noted along the walk.

The publication of the booklet was supported with a grant from Restormel Borough Council’s China Clay Area Committee and a donation from John Hill, manager of the nearby McDonalds Restaurant, who has been a long-standing supporter of the work of the Fraddon and Penhale Enhancement Association.

Copies of booklet are being sold for one pound in the local area. It is available at Fraddon Post Office, Blue Anchor pub, Kingsley Village and McDonalds at Fraddon, or direct from either Wendy on (01726) 860178 or Janet (01726) 860975. All the proceeds will be used in projects to enhance the Fraddon and Penhale areas.

The above picture shows the Fraddon and Penhale Committee at the start of the walk outside the Blue Anchor public house. From left to right: Jeanette Cox, John Hill (sponsor from McDonalds), Wendy Fitton, Rod Cox, Joanna Bojko, Janet Brough, Denis Sutcliffe and me.

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