We left the Shrewsbury on the Heart of Wales line. The entire train consisted of one car, carrying us and about a dozen others. Passengers came and went, many with rucksacks – one crew had cycles – but the carriage population remained about the same. It was a gorgeous ride – and the windows were … Read more


Saturday morning we left Fowey for the long train ride north to Shrewsbury. We traveled three legs, with different train operators: Par to Bristol Temple Meads on Cross Country; BTM to Newport South Wales on Great Western; and Newport to Shrewsbury on Transport for Wales. The Cross Country train originated in Penzance and was packed, … Read more

Lost Gardens of Heligan & Mevagissey

We began our last day on Cornwall at the usual spot: the Safe Harbour Hotel bus stop. It was bonus bus driver day – two for the price of one. The older gent was in training – learning the 17 twisty-turny routes that these drivers regularly drive. We changed buses at Mevagissey for a lift … Read more


If the day must begin with a physio (PT to us Yanks) session, there are worse places to torture oneself. Exercises completed and laundry (mostly) dry, we caught to #24 bus to Castle Dore for a walk to the tiny village of Golant. Castle Dore is a large mound of dirt, formerly an Iron Age … Read more

Polridmouth & Menabilly

Today’s entry begins with a few words on The Peculiarities of Our Place. Beam Reach Cottage sits at the narrowest point of Fowey’s never-wide main drag. There are bumpers on the building to protect it from passing cars. Immediately inside the entry there is a set of tiny twisty stairs… …with a smuggler’s hole behind … Read more