Discover Cornwall

Cornwall's fine golden sands have provided the backdrop for many childhood holidays, but it is also a wonderful county to explore on foot. As well as the coastal footpath, there are numerous less known routes that are great fun to investigate. There is a good range of gentle to moderate walks between 4 and 6 miles in length - there's something for everyone. The walks have clear directions, delightful details of what can be seen along the way, making this a unique book to keep and pore over for readers as well as walkers.

REVIEW by Emma Timpany
Discover Cornwall is a book of Cornish walks by Sue Kittow, a journalist already well known to readers of Cornwall Today for her walks around lesser known parts of the county. It is aimed at those who want to explore beyond the better known beaches and busy stretches of the coastal footpath. All the walks in this book are gentle to moderate routes of 4 to 6 miles in length.

The book itself is A5 size, with a full page map for each walk as well as two or three photographs of views and places of interest along the way. The text is a good size and the font easy to read, in comparison with some walks books I have used in the past where both the maps and text were tiny. A fact box contains essential information on distance, time, terrain and facilities such as cafés, car parks and toilets, as well as Ordnance Survey map references.

Each walk begins with an engaging introduction, touching on local history and places of interest on route or nearby ranging from churches to breweries, Neolithic standing stones to stately homes, as well as relevant myths and legends. I particularly like the way the details of each walk contain more than the bare facts about signposts and tracks but, alongside the atmospheric images, descriptions which feed the senses including the time of year the walk was done, which wildlife and wildflowers were seen, and places along the route which particularly capture Cornwall’s strange and subtle beauty. About the special atmosphere in Mawnan churchyard, one of my favourite places, Sue writes, ‘Mawnan churchyard is especially graceful: the ground is soft and mossy, the grass mown lovingly. Ancient gravestones lean, smothered in beards of grey lichen, entwined with the occasional bramble. The sea is just visible through the trees, and there is a quiet stillness here, a sense of peace. A perfect resting place.’

Sue’s clear yet engaging writing style, the evocative descriptions and photographs mean Discover Cornwall will appeal not only to walkers but to readers as well. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, not only because it make me want to rush out and try some new walks, but because I realised it would make the perfect gift for the many people I know who enjoy walking in Cornwall.
"We love the Helford walk in the November issue – the section from St Anthony along the Helford Passage is so lovely, I could visualise myself there with Sue Kittow". "I have never read any of your walks that I haven't found interesting, informative and funny all wrapped up in to one".
Cornwall Today December edition – Ian Barnard, 46 from Stisted, North Essex Reader Panel

"I have never read any of your walks that I haven't found interesting, informative and funny all wrapped up in to one".
Susan McGrory
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Walking down to Godrevy
Gorse covering the cliffs
To Contact Sue Kittow
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Discover Cornwall Book
Discover Cornwall lists 20 walks providing a healthy and entertaining way to keep fit, learn about Cornwall, and enjoy the beaches, moorland and history of this magical county. The walks have clear directions, delightful details and excellent photographs, making this a unique book to keep and pore over for readers as well as walkers.
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