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All about badgers

Thursday 11th October, 2018

All about badgers

Badgers in the UK have a chequered and colourful history - with this distinctive black and white nocturnal mammal loved by many, hated by some. The problem is the same for many of our native predators, which if you look back, in the past have all been persecuted at some point with bounties offered for killing them. In the early 1900’s there were over 20,000 gamekeepers in the UK and part of their job was to control predators or vermin as many of our native species were labelled - anything from corvids, the crow family, to mustelids, the weasel family including badgers. Foxes and birds of prey were treated equally as harshly with some of these species made extinct in this country and many others, such as the polecat, reduced to small, localised populations.

Throughout the last century numbers were reduced considerably with badgers sadly disappearing completely in some regions. However, following the First World War there was a noticeable reduction in the number of gamekeepers, which led to some species beginning to recover. In 1973 the Badgers Act was passed making it an offence to intentionally kill or injure a badger or to interfere with a sett, which helped numbers grow. However, in more recent years, the biggest issue for the badger is traffic, which has a big impact on all of our native species. As our landscape is being divided by more and more roads and with increasing amounts of vehicles, we are of course seeing more badgers killed in this way. The current figures are believed to be about 50,000 badger deaths a year on our roads, with the current population only numbering around 250,000.

Here at Feadon Farm we are extremely privileged to have four setts on the site, getting to observe these magnificent animals regularly with our Badger Watch experiences. With its one-way glass, visitors can book to come and sit in our warm, dry badger hide and enjoy a hot drink and cake, watch video footage from previous nights visits whilst waiting for the real thing to arrive. When the badgers make an appearance it always amazes me how many people say they have never seen a live badger before – having only seen them dead on the side of the road.

Just this week our visitors got to observe three adult badgers and two cubs feeding outside the hide for nearly an hour with some badger bickering and even some mutual grooming to keep us entertained. On a recent night walk at Feadon Farm the group spotted a badger climbing into some brambles and eating the blackberries, which was also a wonderful scene to witness. Badgers will in fact eat a whole variety of foods from earth worms, baby rabbits, mice, voles, carrion, wheat, maze through to apples, strawberries and much more. On one occasion a friend of mine was rabbit shooting at night and after hitting one, before he could retrieve it, a badger rushed out of the hedge and made off with it and this is very typical behaviour of an opportunistic forager like the badger. I saw on Spring Watch that a badger swam across to an island to get avocet’s chicks and know they have been recorded at deer carcass and even eating dead fish on the side of a lake – so voracious foragers.

If you are wondering why I haven’t mentioned the TB issue, well I feel people who are far more eloquent than me have said it all before. My main message as always, is that if you have any issues or gripes with any of our native animals, why not take some time to learn about them before passing judgement.  

What to look out for: it’s a great time to look out for badgers, jays and other species as they try to put on weight or build up food stores ready for the winter.

Come on a Badger Watch at Feadon Farm! Click here to find out more

Saying goodbye to the swallows for this year

Monday 8th October, 2018

Saying goodbye to the swallows for this year

Welcome to the bi-monthly column by Gary Zammit at Feadon Farm Wildlife Centre part of the Landal Gwel an Mor resort in Portreath, Cornwall

The swallow, also known as the barn swallow, is one of our most well known and loved birds, commonly seen flying around the fields in summer, nesting inside barns, porches and stables. With their seemingly cheesy grins, the chicks have an amazingly large mouth with a distinctive yellow edge, which is there to stimulate the adults to feed them. 

As a child in the 1970’s I have such fond memories of watching them in large numbers skimming around the legs of the cattle in the fields as the hunted for small flying insects and the swallow chicks, all lined up around the cup of the nest in stables. In my reminiscing, I have often pondered about how many of those wildlife scenes of my childhood are no longer around and something often on my mind when working daily with the wildlife that surrounds us at Feadon Farm.

I have to wonder will the swallow, hedgehog and various other creatures go the same way as the………..  I was going to list a couple of extinct species but better you google It but be warned it is scary the number and range of species that have disappeared from the UK in the last few decades. Obviously some were natural extinctions, but the growth and expansion of the human population is undeniably responsible for most.  At this point in time more than a quarter of birds in the UK are at risk of extinction or rapidly declining, despite all the work of the hardworking organisations such as the wildlife trusts and RSPB. In the case of the swallow, their survival problems are made even more complex by the fact they are migratory. Flying to Africa every year, this trip of around 3,000 miles that takes them through a range of countries en route has its own dangers.  I remember seeing the bodies of swallows, sparrow hawks and various other species littering the countryside in Malta all having fell fowl of the hunters guns, when I was younger.

Peculiarly, back in 1666 it was believed that swallows over wintered in the mud at the bottom of ponds or flew to the moon and these theories were even backed by the Royal Society of London.  Facts can be just as strange as fiction, so the detail that a bird weighing just 60g can fly from the UK to South Africa in their migration and cover 200 miles a day, sounds farfetched but is true. So why is such a survivor struggling? The problems are many, varied and complex but the overall cause is undeniable – it is us. The growth of the human population bringing more cars, houses, roads and pollution and less habitats hospitable to our wildlife is the issue. So, what’s the answer? I really I wish I had one. What I do know is that history has taught us that sticking your head in the sand and hoping a problem will go away is not the answer, so lets start talking about it as surely the most intelligent species on the planet can solve this?  

Look out for the stunning swallows as they gather for their migration to Africa

Let's go on a funghi hunt!

Friday 5th October, 2018

Let's go on a funghi hunt!

With the UK boasting around 15,000 types of wild fungi – although only about 3000 of the different varieties are big enough to see - it's a great time to go mushroom spotting as it's the now that the fruiting part becomes visible, the bit we all recognise as toadstools or mushrooms,

This fruiting part, also known as the fruitbody, has the important job of releasing spores, which is done in huge numbers with spores being the fungi’s equivalent of plant seeds. These fruiting bodies can be seen in large numbers and in many varieties at this time of year, the majority of which feed on decomposing plant material or animals. Here at Feadon Farm we regularly see the semi-transparent porcelain fungus on the beech trees along with giant puff balls in our fields, with these large white fungi often growing as large and the same shape as footballs. As well as native types there is also alien species of fungi here in Cornwall such as the striking devils finger fungus, which resembles bloody fingers and was introduced from Australia in the early 1900’s.

My personal favourite to spot is the fly agaric with its beautiful scarlet cap and white spots but as stunning as it is, this iconic toadstool is both inedible and an hallucinogenic so this variety is definitely one to look at but don’t touch. With so many types, there are so many variations, with some harmful and used as poisons, but on the flip side there are many fungi that help to cure diseases and are a vital ingredient in many medicines.

It is vital to point out that some fungi are extremely dangerous, so should always be observed and not touched unless you are extremely sure of what you have in front of you. Of course, some fungi are edible but identification should be certain before any are eaten as can be lethal. There was the case of a woman in Somerset who picked what she thought was safe fungi in her garden, made a soup with them then died the following day as in fact she had used deaths head fungi.

I’ve just been reading about an amazing fungus in a brilliant book called 'The Wasp That Brainwashed The Caterpillar'. Strange title I know, but it is a great read about tales of fascinating evolutionary adaptations. This particular fungus in the book is found in the rain forest and has resorted to turning ants into zombies to spread its spores. The spore attaches itself to the ant, dissolving a hole through the ant’s exoskeleton where it enters its body, growing for a few weeks. The fungus then forces the ant to leave the colony, the ant then climbs a leaf over one of the colony’s trails where it instructs the ant to bite into the underside of the leaf, lock its jaws where the fungus then kills the ant, bursts out of the ants head and rains spores down on the trail below. How cool is that? Bet your glad you aren’t an ant in the rain forest but isn’t fungus amazing.

So now’s the time to get out there and see what Cornwall has to offer in the form of fungi.

Cornwall Emergency Services Celebration

Monday 1st October, 2018

 Cornwall  Emergency Services Celebration

To honour Cornwall’s dedicated teams from the county’s emergency services, a thank you party and festive celebration is being planned by the Landal Gwel an Mor in Portreath. What is set to be an annual event to show admiration for Cornwall’s front line heroes, suggestions for nominations are now being requested for a special appreciation award to be presented on the night.

“Back in the summer of 2017, following on from the Grenfell Tower tragedy, we got together with the Rotary Club of Redruth simply with the question – what can we do? We offered some respite to the emergency crews and their families involved on that terrible night, to come stay with us for a festive holiday in December 2017. During their week’s stay, as part of the activities we planned a dinner and party and invited lots of local crew members to join in with the London crews, to show gratitude for their work too” commented Bill Haslam, Chief Executive of Landal Gwel an Mor. “It was such an uplifting and heartfelt event and we had such an overwhelmingly grateful response from the local crews who attended - that someone had thought about them – we just knew we needed to do it again”.

A light-hearted and fun celebration, an evening for local crew members to feel appreciated and to let their hair down, the free to attend event on Thursday December 6th 2018 will be sponsored and supported by the resort’s local suppliers with the evening to include welcome drinks and canapés, a festive sit down dinner followed by live music from the Slap Dash Trio and disco.

As part of the evening's events, there will be an award presentation to a member or team of Cornwall’s emergency workers, for an outstanding story. An incident where a service person pr crew has gone above and beyond or had a big impact on someone’s life with the opportunity for their story to be told on the night, for their nominees to thank them as well as celebrating all emergency workers. Nominations are now being invited from members of the public to come forward to tell their story of how they were helped and potentially how their life was saved by a local emergency service. A small panel of judges including Cornwall Today Editor Kirstie Newton and Matt Way of Landal Gwel an Mor will be deciding on the recipient of the award with the winner and nominee invited to attend the event and the exceptional emergency service member or team honoured with an award.  

The idea is to involve all local emergency services in the celebration, including Coastguard, Search and Rescue, Cornwall Air Ambulance, RNLI, Fire Service, Ambulance Service and Police.

" It will be great to be part of this, especially having missed the event last year” commented Mark Grantham from Cornwall Search and Rescue Team. “With over 70 volunteers making up Cornwall Search and Rescue Team, it's great that their dedication is being recognised and celebrated by the Cornish community. The team are not only called out 40 times annually to search for missing vulnerable people, but also spend a great deal of time training and fund-raising to ensure that we can provide a first-rate emergency service."

Landal Gwel an Mor’s chosen charity for 2018, Cornwall Air Ambulance, provide lifesaving medical care throughout the county with a record number of 869 rescue missions last year. Jeremy Griffiths,  Critical Care Paramedic for Cornwall Air Ambulance said  “We really appreciate the recognition from Landal Gwel an Mor and their support with regards to the work the emergency services do everyday and I think this will be a fitting celebration to honour everyone’s dedication”.

To submit your award nomination, please email your story to by Monday 29th October 2018. Nominations should be for an event or incident which has taken place during 2017 or 2018. 

If you are a member of an Emergency Service in Cornwall and would like to apply for a ticket to the party on Thursday 6th December, from 6pm to midnight in Portreath - please send your name, email, phone number, address and job role via email to by Monday 19th November 2018. Tickets to the party are free but numbers are limited and will be allocated on a draw system. Successful applicants will receive a ticket plus guest (no under 18’s).

Parents Survival Guide to October Half Term

Monday 24th September, 2018

Parents Survival Guide to October Half Term

Half term is creeping up and there is a whole week (or two!) that you have to entertain the kids for! Don’t panic, we’ve got it sorted!

Kid's Halloween Parties – 25th & 31st October

Lots of spooky fun at our Kid's Halloween Parties - soft play, Clip N'Climb taster sessions, disco, party games, buffet and spooky punch. £10 per child (FREE for residents) and free for those under 1 or not yet walking. Places must be pre-booked on 01209 844164. All ages welcome. From 5pm - 7pm. Click here to find out more. The Barn is fully accessible.

Autumn exploring

Golden light, a blaze of colour in the trees and piles of crunchy leaves on the ground to kick through. Wrap up against autumnal draughts, pull on those wellies and get ready for a pooh sticks battle. Tehidy Woods is just up the road and is a great place for exploring and games of hide and seek. There is a lovely circular level route that is wheelchair accessible and takes in the woodland and lakeside views. We’ve also rounded up the best autumn walks in Cornwall, just click here

Time for You

Whether you can escape for an hour or for a whole morning, you deserve a bit of time out! Discover the Wellbeing Spa and relax as our skilled therapists take you on a journey using treatments to rebalance, relax and rejuvenate you.

Rogue Theatre in Tehidy Woods

If you go down to the woods today, you're sure of a big surprise! Just a short hop from us, in the depths of Tehidy Woods a wicked and wonderful Halloween celebration takes place with theatre and adventure, thrills, frights, delights and dancing. Journey deep into the forest to the land of the rapturously dead where a collection of comic, macabre and sheer ghostly short stories plays out. Designed for brave adventurers of all ages!

Beach fun

Wander down through our woodland valley to Portreath beach and explore rockpools, adventure into caves, build sandcastles and be brave enough for a paddle. There are 'sand chairs' or all-terrain wheelchairs available to hire at a lot of Cornish beaches making them accessible. For more info on the sand chairs click here. Top tip – we’ve got buckets and spades to borrow at Reception!

Try something new

There is so much to try at Landal Gwel an Mor! We’ve got Go Active! fun with archery, sea scooters, snorkelling and water walkers in our toasty warm indoor pool, body zorbs, indoor climbing walls, The Famous Nine golf course (with all weather greens and tees), a coarse fishing lake and of course our much loved Feadon Farm where you can meet and learn about lots of furry friends. Whatever the weather, there is something new to try every day.

Take away

You’re on holiday so let us take care of the cooking! One call to The Terrace and we’ll deliver delicious take away meals straight to your lodge door.

Pick your own pumpkins

Visit the pumpkin patch at Trevaskis Farm, just a short drive away, and choose your very own pumpkins to carve into ghoulish shapes for Halloween!

To book a break - click here



Time for Grandparents to recharge!

Monday 17th September, 2018

Time for Grandparents to recharge!

Have you had the Grandkids a lot this summer? Exhausted?! Recharge with a spa or golf break and let us pamper you.

Take on the challenge of The Famous Nine golf course

The Famous Nine has been inspired by legendary holes at the most famous golf courses around the world. St Andrews, Augusta, Sawgrass, Royal Troon, Pebble Beach and Carnoustie…. 

This spectacular par 3 nine hole course offers a unique and challenging experience. The Cornish weather will make every game different, every game a real challenge. 

It’s the largest golf course using all-weather greens in the UK and the only golf course in Cornwall using these materials, ensuring that the course is playable all year round.

Looking to improve your game? Don't miss our Golf Coaching - click here to find out more

Unwind with beach strolls and fresh sea air

Stroll down through our woodland valley to the golden sands of Portreath beach. Paddle, wild swim or just sit and enjoy the views with a ice cream or coffee.

If you’re feeling energetic take a stroll along the coastpath and discover secret coves and hidden picnic spots or spy seals basking in the sun. Get out on bikes to explore the Mineral Tramways trail which runs alongside the resort, taking you right across to Cornwall’s south coast through some famous mining landscapes. Venture down the coast to the beautiful town of St Ives, famous for its winding alleys, Tate St Ives, Barbara Hepworth museum, art galleries and white sandy beaches. Discover the filming locations of Poldark, explore the world’s largest indoor rainforest at the Eden Project, uncover a land of giants on St Michael’s Mount or try your hand at surfing, coasteering, kayaking and lots more! It’s all at your fingertips, the hardest thing will be to decide which to choose…

Relax in the Wellbeing Spa

A place for you to hideaway from the daily pressures of life and take some time for you. Relax as our skilled therapists take you on a journey using treatments to rebalance, relax and rejuvenate you.

Indulge in a little me extra time with a spa day including day use of our sea-view indoor pool, whirlpool, sauna, steam room, lunch and the all-important glass of Prosecco!

However long you can escape for, we are here to leave you feeling blissful.

While away a peaceful afternoon fishing

Our two acre lake has been created to offer a new coarse fishing challenge in Cornwall. It’s fully stocked with carp and tench and has 12 brand new swims just waiting for you to come and spend some enjoyable time challenging your personal best.

One of our swims has been designed specifically for people with disabilities and we have ensured full access to the shop and café as well as a disabled toilet.

Our lakeside cafe will keep you going with fresh coffee, cakes, drinks and Cornish pasties.

Let us do the cooking at the Terrace Bar & Restaurant

The Terrace Bar & Restaurant is open every day from 10am until late for everything from coffee to lunchesafternoon tea, drinks and dinner with a side of sea views. 

With al fresco decking and a conservatory with a retractable roof for sun drenched days and balmy nights, it’s the perfect relaxed space for romantic dinners, long lunches or planning the next days’ fun over cocktails.

Our chefs are passionate about using as much of the finest locally sourced produce as they can in their dishes, from milk and vegetables to fish and meat.

If you’ve had a long journey down or a big day of Cornish adventures, then order from our Takeaway menu and we’ll deliver a delicious meal straight to your lodge door.

Lakeside Luxury

Escape to our brand new luxury Lakeside Lodges and discover a peaceful retreat perfect for two with lake views, fresh sea air and you can even chose one with your own private hot tub! For a little extra space take a peek at our larger luxury lodges.

Have a look at our special offers and save on your break!

How to spot a kingfisher

Wednesday 5th September, 2018

How to spot a kingfisher

Welcome to our latest Feadon Farm blog instalment by Gary Zammit

The kingfisher is quite rightly referred to as the jewel of the river and considered to be one of Britain’s most beautiful native birds. At first sight, this stunning bird is viewed as a blaze of turquoise blue as it flashes by but on closer inspection the kingfisher features a an abundance of bright orange contrasted with their white throat and black bill. A small and colourful bird, the average kingfisher size is somewhere between the scale of a robin and a blackbird.

This amazing little bird is, as the name implies, highly skilled at fishing with their main diet consisting of small fish, sometimes supplemented with aquatic insects, freshwater shrimps and tadpoles. Their hunting method usually involves flying along the bank of a lake, river or stream, frequently landing on low overhanging vegetation before plummeting head first into the water to seize an unsuspecting fish. This food source is then taken to a favourite perch where it is bashed against the branch to subdue the fish before being swallowed or fed to the hen or hungry chicks. Each bird must eat at least its own bodyweight in fish everyday.

Nesting in riverbanks, the kingfisher digs a tunnel up to 90cm deep where they lay between 5 and 7 eggs. These eggs are then incubated for 19 to 21 days and once hatched, the chicks remain in the nest for a further 25 to 36 days depending on the food availability. These plucky baby birds are only fed for a few days after fledging, which is a pretty steep learning curve for any young bird let alone one that has to master the art of fishing to survive. Only 50% of the young make it to adulthood.

If you want to observe kingfishers, they can be seen relatively easily along our estuaries, streams and lakes – however they are shy, so it takes a bit of effort and patience. As they are territorial, if you can find a good possible location, just sit and observe. You can also boost your chances by learning their call, as once you know this it will make spotting them so much easier. In fact learning the basic call of many shy species will increase your chance of spotting them. Last winter we had pair hunting daily along the edge of the fishing lake here at Landal Gwel an Mor and whilst fishing by a lake in Devon, I also observed one.

Center Parcs or Holiday Parks in the UK

Wednesday 29th August, 2018

by Bill Haslam, Managing Director, Landal Gwel an Mor Resort

Center Parcs is a great concept, and when it first came to the UK we all rushed to give this very foreign type of holiday a go.

In those days, the UK holiday market was a very different place - camping, staid old-fashioned hotels, or static caravans three miles from the beach featured in the typical brochure. There were no other holiday parks like Center Parcs available – it was a completely new concept.

The idea of all-year-round holidaying in the UK, with a tropical pool complex and lots to do, was very appealing.

No longer the best for families?

But now a few years on, Center Parcs is not so new. Although they have some great accommodation, there is still a lot that is tired and dated and, with over 4,000 people sometimes staying at each site, it can be a bun fight.

Don’t go without booking anything you want to do weeks before your arrival, as it’s all booked out when you arrive.

And sometimes the accommodation might seem great value, but once you have booked all the activities and eaten out a few times it can soon become a far more expensive proposition. 

Probably thanks to Center Parcs arrival, the UK holiday market had to buck up its ideas and improve the quality of its family friendly accommodation and facilities. And wow! - the UK has done a great job.

New luxury alternatives to Center Parcs

There are now some wonderful places to stay all around the UK, from luxury lodges in Cornwall to stunning shepherd’s huts in Scotland, from glamping in style in Somerset to lakeside luxury in Wales.

And it’s not only the accommodation. The facilities and activities are so good now, from great restaurants and takeaways to golf, archery, and children’s play facilities. Just have a look at UK Five Star resorts like Gwel an Mor and Darwin Forest or Kielder on the Scottish Border.

Truly stunning locations, and luxury accommodation combined with so much to do, not only on site but also in the area around the parks.

Top quality choices for your ‘staycation’

With visits to most of the international UK airports such an awful experience and often worse at the returning airports these days, and with increasing security concerns in many of the world’s destinations, why go abroad?

There is now so much excellent luxury accommodation with great facilities in the UK, combined with some stunning areas of the UK to visit. And most of it is really easy to get to. No need to hire a car or learn ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ in a foreign language.

So thank you Center Parcs, one of our best imports from Europe. If it was not for your arrival, I doubt that the UK holiday market would be as good as it is today.

And us Brits are very good at taking an idea and making it better with our own versions.

Check out the UK’s luxury alternatives to Center Parcs...You will not be disappointed!




Rock pool life

Wednesday 22nd August, 2018

Rock pool life

With the long days of summer still upon us, this is a prime time for exploring our coastal areas and rock pools. This time of year is great to see the abundant varieties of seaweed, whose growth is in full swing during August, along with the various creatures that call the rock pools home and are all really visible at this time of year.

Rock pools are home to a wide range of fascinating species, with the most common fish found in these habitats being the common blenny, or shanny, as it is also known. This amazing little fish with its cheeky grin has been the prey of nearly every holidaying family at the beach since seaside holidays began in the Victorian times. Unfortunately many of these rock pool creatures die in buckets and jars after being extracted from their homes then carried around with the creatures becoming extremely stressed being at such close quarters to their predators. Another issue is that in this situation, the creature can often suffocate due to a lack of oxygen in the water but this doesn’t need to be the case at all with some responsible rock pooling.

It is great to be curious and learn about the marine environment, so the rules are to look at your catch and then put any creatures back where they came from and they will be fine. It is important to remember these creatures live there and are not trapped with the changing tide, so moving them to a different pool can be disaster for them.  

Rock pools are a changeable and harsh environment for any creatures as the salinity of the water changes from normal seawater to a mix of salt and fresh water when it rains and back to pure seawater when the tide comes back in. Temperatures can get very high in a shallow pool when the tide is out and then drop dramatically when the tide comes in.  Most aquatic creatures cannot survive in these conditions so the residents of the rock pools are a hardy bunch. The shanny fish, for example, can hide in holes in the rocks well above the low tide mark with just a little water to keep its skin moist whereas seaweed can lose up to 80% of its moisture in the sun and then rehydrate when the tide comes in, allowing it to thrive where other plants wouldn’t.

It’s not just the environment that they have to deal with but also the constant pressure of finding food and avoiding being eaten by the sea scorpion, another fish which has amazing camouflage and demonstrates a chameleon-like capability to change colour in a couple of minutes.  You can see this if you quickly place one in a white bucket, it will quickly get paler as it seeks to blend in with this new environment.  This tool help the sea scorpion to ambush prey and avoid being spotted by predators, along with its huge mouth and gut which allow it to catch and swallow comparatively large meals and its large bony spines that make it difficult to swallow.  

The limpet may look defenceless but in fact when faced with a hungry starfish it raises its shell and then brings it down on its attacker crushing it between its shell and the rocks. The mussel, looks like an inoffensive little mollusc but can look after itself when attacked by a whelk by producing sticky threads that serve to anchor the whelk to the rock where it will then starve to death. However, if the whelk gets the upper hand, it will drill a hole through the shell of the mussel to suck out the flesh.

Wildlife watch

Go explore the rock pools. With a little patience and commitment, there are so many interesting things to observe in our rock pools but always remember to always treat the creatures you discover carefully and put them back where you found them.

Find out more about the activities at Feadon Farm and come rock pooling with us! 

Best Autumn Walks in Cornwall

Friday 17th August, 2018

Best Autumn Walks in Cornwall

Golden light, a blaze of colour in the trees and piles of crunchy leaves on the ground to kick through. Wrap up against autumnal draughts, pull on those wellies and let's go for a walk…

Loe Pool

Happy trails galore at Loe Pool near Helston with miles of footpaths through the woodland and around Cornwall’s largest natural lake. If you go quietly you might even spot an elusive otter as they have been making their home here recently. A fantastic National Trust café at Penrose will warm you up with hot chocolates and homemade cakes!

Mount's Bay

A different take on autumn, but there is a hidden secret in Mounts Bay – an ancient petrified forest lurking in the sea bed! Thousands of years ago a forest covered the area and these petrified stumps can still be seen on low tides around Wherry Town (just before Newlyn) and Chyandor, just to the east of Penzance.

Just a short stroll from Gwel An Mor you’ll enter the magical woodland of Tehidy. 250 acres of ancient trees and peaceful lakes to explore and you might get to meet the famously tame Tehidy squirrels!


Choose from a gentle amble around the gardens taking in the sweeping views across the parkland and out to sea, or set off around the woodland path for riverside stomps through a tunnel of autumnal colour.


If it's stormy out then Sennen is one of the best places to watch the drama unfold. Follow the cliffpath up towards the old Coastguard lookout hut and round towards Land's End to see the biggest waves swooshing up the cliffs.



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