Sunday August 11 Bolventor to Launceston

Distance walked today 15.4 miles cumulative 185.9 miles

Over inquisitive bullocks 2 herds

Lots of showers today and much time was spent putting on and taking off wet weather gear.

I found the underpass under the A30 so crossing the road this morning was safer than yesterday evening. I then followed a farm lane north east and continued on a path back on to Bodmin Moor. There was a good view back to brown willy with threatening clouds over the ridge

I had been disappointed not to see any ponies but I saw a few across the Moor My ability to spot prehistoric monuments hasn’t improved, I failed to find a stone circle marked on the map. As the rain fell and the wind picked up there was a small group of ponies trying to get shelter behind some rocks

The ponies on Bodmin Moor are not an individual bred but were abandoned there. A few years ago horse charities were worried they were being neglected but there are now about 1000 on the Moor.

I then followed lanes through the villages of 5 lanes and Alturnan, which also feature in the Jamaica Inn novel.

Alturnan church. The vicar plays an important role in Jamaica Inn

Old bridge in Alturnan

After Alturnan the path went through fields. It was rather disconcerting to have about 20 bullocks line up and follow. I don’t mean one by one but 20 bovines spread out in a line as if trying to outflank me. On bothe occasions I exited the field ASAP..

Shortly afterwards the rain became more persistent and it was a case of head down keep walking. I walked past Trewen Mill. This is presumably owned by New Agers and there are some thought provoking poems in the garden. And then this:

Not poetic but to the point!

The sun came out and I finished the day with a walk along quiet lanes to Launceston.

A typical view, small fields with hedgerows and lots of trees. Mostly cows with a few sheep but not much on the way of arable crops.

Of course, having a castle, Launceston is on a steep hill. On arriving at the town centre I passed St Mary Magdalene church which has an interesting facade said to date from the 15th century

And that was Cornwall. Tomorrow, after about a mile, I will cross the Tamar and enter Devon