Wrapped up warm in woolly hats and gloves with thick knit clad feet stuffed tightly in wellies we took off and explored one of the most fascinating and often overlooked areas of Penryn. The Glasney Valley.
The, ‘Penryn Nature Trail’, organised by the very lovely Karen and Claire of, ‘Cornwall Neighbourhoods for Change’, is one of a series of trails encouraging local residents and visitors to explore rural and urban spaces in their area.
Starting outside Penryn’s town hall and museum the trail is all about looking up and discovering some of the oldest echos of history. Gargoyles, keystones and other once finely presented pieces of ancient stone work, that made up the grand C13th Glasney College, now reside on the faces of subtler dwellings.
The trail then passes on to part of the six acre site that the college with its three imposing fortified towers once stood. Granite boulders, steps to nowhere and randomly placed dry stone walls suggest that hundreds of years later the college still puts up some defence against the attack of nature and humans.
Throughout the walk there were a number of activities to enjoy including the ever popular boat race under the bridge and eye spy games. There was even an opportunity to create fire, an activity that was greatly welcomed by many cold hands.
The walk was rounded off by the musical storytelling of, ‘All Seasons Story Makers’. Accompanied by the acoustic sounds of drum and pipes, tales of giants were animated under the great arches of the viaduct. Plenty of stomping feet and a procession through the oak, ‘Henge’, ensured we kept warm.
A huge thank you must go to Karen & Claire from Access to Nature for their hard work and commitment to making the outdoors a greater place to be.
You can download the nature trail maps here. Have fun and let us know what you find.