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Season: spring

A high tide drew me to Cowlands Creek and the hamlet of Coombe for this spring re-visit.  Just around the corner from Halwyn, this is a tranquil oasis of calm, with an attractive creek-side path, primroses in abundance at this time of year and holiday cottages interspersed among the trees.  Its proximity to Truro makes it a popular spot for local working and retired people, as testified to by interviewees Michele and Trevor.

Spring visit photo gallery 


What the beach means to Michele and Trevor.


A calm morning at Coombe in Cornwall.

Season: winter

A high tide placed Roundwood Quay in relief for this winter re-visit.  Sitting at the junction of the River Fal and Cowlands Creek, you can appreciate why the Iron Age Fort was built on the ground above here.  Cormorants and an egret flew past.  A tranquil atmosphere and calm but changeable weather completed the scene.  There’s a fine National Trust walk in the area, recently extended by taking on Tregew Farm’s land, for people to enjoy.

Winter season photo gallery


A maritime perspective on the beach.


A peaceful scene at Roundwood Quay, by Halwyn.

Season: spring

A low tide and bright sunshine greeted me for this visit to the creeks south of Truro in Cornwall.  At Halwyn, the remaining laid up boat, a ferry, seemed to be within touching distance of the beach.  Next,round to Coombe for a chat with Ruth and Julia, who were there to enjoy the first primroses of the season.

Spring visit photo gallery


A special place for Ruth and Julia, especially at this time of year.


By the water, on a low tide at Halwyn.

Season: autumn

The beautiful creekside hamlet of Coombe was the setting for this re-visit, just over the hill from Halwyn.  On a high tide, the creek glistened in the morning light, reflecting the trees by the water in symmetry.

Autumn visit photo gallery


With Pat and John, by the creek in Coombe.


Ken is at ease by the water.


The scene at Coombe this morning.

Season: summer

The low pressure that’s accompanying the unseasonably wet weather has a positive spin-off, on mornings like this.  The lower reaches of the River Fal at Halwyn were flat calm, glistening under warm cloud cover.  The shadows thrown by the boats at anchor were crystal clear and mullet were jumping at Roundwood Quay, where I chatted to Tony.

Summer visit photo gallery


Tony surveys his surroundings, on a regular fishing trip to Roundwood Quay.


Looking out from the covered beach at Halwyn, on a high tide.

Season: spring

For a different perspective on the River Fal at Halwyn, I went to Roundwood Quay, just round the corner.  This brought Cowlands Creek into view and allowed me to show the tin counting house and the site of the Iron Age fort here.  It was peaceful and quiet, a tranquil spot to be in the morning.

Spring visit photo


The River Fal, viewed from Roundwood Quay.

Season: winter

The small beach at Halwyn is on the River Fal, above Carrick Roads.  The panorama from the beach is steeped in history, most significantly as a major embarkation point for tanks and troops on D Day, during the Second World War.  The tea gardens at Halwyn were the scene of a meeting between Churchill and Eisenhower, who were reviewing preparations for the invasion.  The location is peaceful, with the view varied by the changes in temporarily laid up shipping, an interesting and accurate macro-economic indicator.


Looking across to Tolverne, from Halwyn on the River Fal.

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