Writing Tips and Westcountry Ramblings

January 10, 2018

In the late 18th century with the Napoleonic Wars keeping the rich from their Mediterranean haunts, Emmanuel Lousada spotted a business opportunity and turned a fishing village between spectacular red sandstone cliffs on Devon’s south coast into a holiday destination f...

December 16, 2017

Helford Passage, the back pocket of Killigrew rogues who prove prison works.

More of an lazy amble then a ramble with its ferry and back-tracking, but with thick woods, lovely coves, open country, pretty hamlets and the glorious Helford River for company, an amble you’l...

November 23, 2017

Luck can get your work found on Kindle but with 4 million competitors it's a fall-from-a-plane-without-a-parachute-and-survive luck. And if you’re that lucky, why bother spending years writing and months editing—buy a lottery ticket instead and save the heartache. Don’...

November 16, 2017

Durdle Door there and back 11 miles (4hrs) or 13 miles if you press on to Lulworth Cove. Parking in laybys as you enter village. Pub at Osmington Mills. Cafes, pubs at Lulworth. Easy going until last section of steep climbs and jarring descents too close together for c...

November 2, 2017

6-7 miles or so with a few steep climbs but generally easy going. Cafés at start and along the way at Porthtowan and Portreath. Parking either free up the hill or paid at the NT car park by the beach.

This is copper and tin mining country. They’ve been doing it industri...

October 20, 2017

7 miles or so easy going with plenty of places to get fat or drunk.

I arrived early for this walk and found free parking on Millpond Ave. There really is a millpond and it’s quitely beautiful, which is not something Hayle’s town planners seem to have overly concerned...

September 19, 2017

Half a day’s walk - about 11 miles.

Portreath (means sandy cove according to Wikipedea) isn’t quaint, though it does have an attractive narrow harbour. Expensive new housing on the hills either side look down on a lot of low-cost and dull sixties and seventies (at a gue...

September 17, 2017

Two yellow footprints on a metal plate. Ordered to stand there, they weighed us as carefully as the suitcases. This is Lands’ End Airport. No body-scanners here, no frisking or passport checks—it’s weight that counts. A glance through the terminal’s large picture windo...

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Location: Exeter, Devon.

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