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Wolf Moon Dip, Boscastle Walk & 100 Members.

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As January draws its curtains and February rouses in winter’s last few weeks, we can take time to reflect on nature’s deep-sleep month and what happened for The Club these past weeks.

The Cornish Explorer Club Grew to 100 Members!

When the doors opened for local people in Cornwall to build an outdoor community with exploring, walking, sea-dipping and a love for nature at the heart, it was overwhelming the amount of people who joined up. I look forward to welcoming more members in February and hosting a few free club walks and connecting Cornwall’s outdoor enthusiasts with nature and one another. If you live in Cornwall, join us today!

A Shy Wolf Moon Dip

Okay so the full wolf moon was a little shy on the night and couldn’t quite glow through the heavy fog that settled over Cornwall that night! Nonetheless, Porthleven Harbour sparkled her multicoloured lights and we dipped as the light faded, chatting and getting to know each other.

After seeing some new signs on the harbour about swimming zones, we went down off the slipway and listened to the powerful waves crash against the wooden barricade. Also, a passing lady told us of a dead dolphin that was in the water on the farthest side so we kept close to the slip, not wanting to bump into the poor creature.

Cailtlin’s temperature duckie read 11 degrees and Eddie’s rattler snuggies stole the show! We bobbed about for a lot longer than we all expected and I personally can’t wait for the next Full Moon – hopefully this time she won’t be so shy.

Boscastle’s Beauty, Bats & Broken Sea Pool

Charlotte, Clare and Kai (the dog) joined the Boscastle 6K route up through Minster woods, winding through the village valley and up over to Forrabury Common to the dramatic north cliffs where the coastguard tower sits.

This short walk exploring Boscastle had an amazing variety of terrain, habitats and views. We crossed slabs of stone over River Valency, climbed a steep woodland valley, took winding country paths & fields through the village then cut up the mud path to the exposed hills of St. Symphorian’s Church.

Then we passed some very docile Suffolk cows (dark brown with cute white tail tips) and up to the volunteer-run Boscastle coast guard station where the wind blew through us and the conservation ponies munched the healthland to stomp in seeds so the wildflowers bloom for the spring.

A wonderful 6K walk that we fully recommend, we finished by walking back along Boscastle’s harbour and to Cob Web car park. We were speedy and completed it in just over 90 mins clocking in at ~15 min per km.


Batty at Minster

 At Minster Church, we popped inside and the notice board explained that the site was the largest roost site in Cornwall for the rare and endangered Greater Horseshoe Bat and designated a Site of Specific Interest in 1998. The population since then has grown from 200 to 500 (2011). There are other bats too like the lesser horseshoe bat, brown long-eared bat and Natterer’s Bat.

They write ‘Bats appreciate the relatively undisturbed shelter offered at Minster. The tree canopy gives them cover from predators such as owls…the rich farmland, cow pastures and woodland provide a wealth of tasty treats in the form of moths and dung beetles.’

It is the 7th largest roosting location for the greater horseshoe bat in the UK too!

Boscastle's Name & Broken Sea Pool

There is a wonderful plaque explaining the origins of Boscastle’s name in the village and the mediaeval castle at its heart. It reads that ‘Talkarn’ meaning ‘next to rock pile’ in Cornish was the village’s original name until the Bottreaux family (ancient Normans from Anjers) settled here after the conquest around 1080. In 1284 records show the village called ‘Castello Boterel.’

The walk was meant to end with a dip in Boscastle’s Harbour sea pool however, when we got there the pool had been broken and reclaimed by the elements. I have notified the parish council and given them photos of it intact and broken for the historical and geological records – I have also asked for some history about it so I can write a piece about it.

Instead we all headed south down to Treyarnon sea pool, a larger and deeper pool where we chatted and basked in the winter sun – if you closed your eyes it could almost be summer.

With the snowdrops/galanthus already in bloom and daffodils shooting green and ready, the sun’s rays last longer everyday as we head towards the summer solstice. But for now, let’s enjoy the last month of winter and ease into the energy of springtime.

See you in the sea or on the path!

Kate x

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