Cornwall Recommendations

Discussion in 'Bristol and South West' started by neonwilderness, Mar 14, 2019 at 8:05 PM.

  1. 2hats


    There's a great coastal path all the way round, er, the coast.

    The only problem is the dilemma - do you spend most of your time enjoying the view or most of your time staring down to where you put your foot so you don't twist your ankle.
  2. two sheds

    two sheds Least noticed poster 2007

    Polperro's fucking lovely. Also really friendly, we spent a couple of great nights in a pub there with live music. Special time.

    Also Bedruthan Steps. Big climb down there and back up again but worth it, lovely beach.

  3. neonwilderness

    neonwilderness What would Badgers do?


    I also fancy Lewis/Harris, but I've been to Scotland for the last three years so I think a change is in order!

    Again, sounds like my trip to Mull/Iona a couple of years ago :D

    Plenty to think about so far. I suppose I'd better see when I can get some time off work first :hmm:
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  4. two sheds

    two sheds Least noticed poster 2007

    Ah yes Zennor too. Find out when the live music night at the Tinners Arms is, that's special too. Lots of local musicians turn up and have Irish style fiddle night.
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  5. twentythreedom

    twentythreedom Patterdale Terrorist

  6. farmerbarleymow

    farmerbarleymow Seagull + Chips = Happy Seagull

    I think as long as neonwilderness holds his breath for the duration of his stay he'll be safe from radon poisoning.

    I've got several lumps of granite at home but they didn't utter a peep when I tested then with a gieger counter. :(
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  7. Ground Elder

    Ground Elder Well-Known Member

    My house is full of radon :( They've drilled holes to let it out :hmm:
    So far we have arsenic, radon, traffic, rain, fog and possible broken ankles. Come on down :cool:
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  8. Voley

    Voley Ramoner

    The Zennor walk you're talking about is probably St Ives to Zennor. Absolutely beautiful. Top twenty on that Britain's Favourite Walks thing that ITV did recently out.

    Good chance of seeing seals and even a dolphin if you're lucky. About 6 miles but very up and down so good exercise.

  9. 2hats


    Try the wacky coloured lumps instead. You definitely don't want to wander in amongst some of the old mine workings down there. There are exposure rates that far exceed anything I've measured in accident exclusion zones and nuclear test sites.
    You forgot the polonium.
  10. killer b

    killer b Nostrofuckingdamus

    I think were booking to go back at the end of July as it happens :cool:
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  11. twentythreedom

    twentythreedom Patterdale Terrorist

    And you've been to Chernobyl and some Kazakh test sites, right? :hmm::eek:
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  12. chilango

    chilango Neither Westminster nor Brussels....

    The Tolcarne Inn in Newlyn is fantastic for food.
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  13. two sheds

    two sheds Least noticed poster 2007

    :rolleyes: pah that's rubbish

    Cornwall School of Mines students often do measurements in the valley at the back of mine. One of them said they'd recorded 20,000 ppm (as I recall 20 ppm is maximum for school sites, 30 ppm domestic) - I presume from the chambers where they condensed the arsenic out. And there's an arsenic flue a couple of miles away that's got fair amount of pure arsenic deposits in still since the 1930s?

    Mine owners in the 1800s used to boast how good arsenic was for people, gives nice shiny hair :cool:
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  14. farmerbarleymow

    farmerbarleymow Seagull + Chips = Happy Seagull

    Jesus, why isn't the whole place cordoned off? :hmm:
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  15. Ground Elder

    Ground Elder Well-Known Member

    Has anyone mentioned collapsing mine shafts yet?
  16. farmerbarleymow

    farmerbarleymow Seagull + Chips = Happy Seagull

    The rest of need to build a wall on the border of the radioactive poison - filled wasteland. :thumbs:
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  17. two sheds

    two sheds Least noticed poster 2007

    Yes don't step on any dips in the ground :)

    A mate helped me dig out some rocks/bits of concrete at the bottom of the garden that had been piled up by previous residents. Afterwards he said as he was digging them out he was thinking 'snakes ... snakes' while when I was digging them out I was thinking 'mineshaft ... mineshaft'.
  18. Ground Elder

    Ground Elder Well-Known Member

    Back in my crusty hippy incarnation, I spent a couple of weeks parked up near where your misty picture was taken two sheds. One night, as it was getting dark, I went for a walk with shovel and loo roll. Suddenly it was pitch black. I took a step forward, put my foot down and started sliding down what felt like a vertical drop :eek: I was also thinking 'mineshaft...mineshaft' :D In the morning I went back and discovered I'd stumbled down a foot high bank and then fought my way through fifteen foot of dense gorse to get out :facepalm:

    I used to lay awake in my bender listening to the ominous underground rumbles :hmm:
  19. 2hats


    No. No it's not. The mine tailings are rubbish. Seriously, there are old mine workings that no one without adequate protection and monitoring should be spending anymore than the briefest of visits to, if that. There are near-sub-surface locations in the SW where one could easily exceed annual limits for occupational radiation workers well before lunchtime. Some of the radium for the Curies original experiments was obtained from one or two of the places.
    ppm isn't a dose measurement, just a concentration, presumably of radon gas here. It's actually the polonium daughter decay product of radon that is the health hazard.
    I don't think they get many visitors other than the odd research group and a handful of atomic tourists.

    It's not too difficult to find pieces and seams of pitchblende (mainly UO2 uranium ore) around a car park and down on the beach of a certain well known SW seaside resort (the car park was built over the old uranium mine).
  20. two sheds

    two sheds Least noticed poster 2007

    No sorry that's arsenic concentration, and indeed isn't a dose measurement. But you don't want to eat the earth round here :eek:
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  21. a_chap

    a_chap Needs no introduction; a man who cries gravy

    Fortunately Asda still sell it:
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  22. 2hats


    Those red 'traffic light' nutrition warnings alone should suffice to deter you from going near it.
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  23. two sheds

    two sheds Least noticed poster 2007

  24. two sheds

    two sheds Least noticed poster 2007

    You'd been eating lentils admit it. :facepalm:
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  25. farmerbarleymow

    farmerbarleymow Seagull + Chips = Happy Seagull

    I thought Cornwall had loads of visitors? :confused:

    neonwilderness - best go to Sellafield instead. I hear it's lovely in summer, and you can swim in the nice warm ponds on site which are tastefully lit in a fetching shade of blue.
  26. Libertad

    Libertad Would it help?

    Voley you're not helping here. :mad:

    Take it from me, the place is a fucking death trap and then there's the local populace to contend with, that and the language problem.

    I'd give it a wide birth if you value your safety and your sanity.
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  27. AnnaKarpik

    AnnaKarpik Queen of all she surveys

    The Roseland is lovely but madly crowded in the summer, especially the coast path and most of the beaches; if you like creeks and woodland an OS map could offer some promising ideas. I haven't been here long enough to be able to recommend secret places.
  28. two sheds

    two sheds Least noticed poster 2007

    Yep if you want to avoid people go for the moorlands and mining areas - height of summer pretty well all I get going down the road is cyclists and horses. :shakesfist:
  29. Ground Elder

    Ground Elder Well-Known Member

    Inland Cornwall is largely ignored by tourists.

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  30. 2hats


    FTFY ;)
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