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From bicycle touring to backpacking, watercolour painting to clay modelling, the exploration journal captures my journey through many different interests and travel adventures.

I love to find those out of the way places that whisk you away from the concerns of everyday life. Whether this is by wading through an overgrown river or trying new paint techniques is up to you!

Off the beaten track at Cascade Woods, North Hill

Off the beaten track at Cascade Woods, North Hill

The walk from North Hill through Cascade Woods and up onto Bodmin Moor is one of my favourites in North Cornwall. You can park at the village hall in North Hill (providing there is nothing going on) and have easy access to the valley. The parish is full of history, so much so that they have a website dedicated to it – North Hill History

The reason I love this walk is the relatively hidden and unknown waterfalls in Cascade Wodos along Withey Brook, a tributory off the Lynher valley. There is no path immediatly next to Withey Brook so its true off-path river exploration. It’s a delight to visit in all seasons and I regularly go there for my weekend walks. I first remember exploring up the river in 2010 and discovered a mushroom growing from a log directly in front of the main waterfall on the river. I took a photo and ever since have returned occasionally in the autumn to try and find it again.

It’s also perfect for practicing waterfall photography, though its a deep valley that does not get much light in the early and late hours.

The woodland is awash with blue from the thousands of bluebells that appear in Spring, roughly towards the end of April and early May. And in summer it turns into an almost tropical jungle overrun with greenery and taking a lot of effort to bushwack through.

Walk Information:
Start/End Point: North Hill Village Hall
Type: Day walk
Distance: 5.5 miles

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