our workshop & its Cornish setting
We could not tell you about our work as rocking horse makers & restorers without talking about the setting that we work in; it's all part of the package.
Our workshop is set on the side of a hill, high above the River Camel and Camel Valley; close to open countryside. Our workshop is a private place, where Sam & I get lost in the making and designing, with our dogs and cats around us.
The surrounding countryside is dominated by Bodmin Moor on one side and the coast on the other. Rough Tor and Brown Willy (known by walkers as the Cornish Mountains) are visible from just behind our workshop, this offers us nice walks with our three dogs (weather dependent).
The coast is no less impressive; the North Cornwall coastline is where you feel, small and know that nature is very much in charge (a tide timetable is essential). The high cliffs that edge much of this coastline make for a steep climb to many a beach visit. Most of these beaches are dog friendly in summer and all are in winter. These are just some of the reasons why we love Cornwall and this part of the Cornish Atlantic coast.
Not far from us is mystical Tintagel, even if you don't believe in the legends of this area, you can't fail to be impressed by the archaeology of the area and what was once an amazing settlement in such a spiritual place; though you must be prepared to climb right down to the beach to fully understand this.
Its neighbouring village is Boscastle, which, since the flood of 2004, new life has been breathed into it. In between these two villages, hides the locals secret of Rocky Valley and Bossiney Bay. Northeast is Widemouth (surfing heaven), then Bude (where our dogs love to race around in the long sandy beach and dunes); but before that is Crackington Haven and a few other secrets that are too private to put on a web page!
But to the Southwest we must head, to the other side of Tintagel. Our nearest beach is Trebarwith Strand and a very nice pub that sits on the cliff edge (close to heaven in winter). For us this is often this beach is a place to head at low tide to walk the dogs on the beautiful sandy beach. Further Southwest is the small fishing harbour, now world famous, Port Isaac the filming set for Doc Martin (yes I have seen Martin Clunes filming there)
Polzeath is the next big place and the playground for the rich and famous starts about here; this beach is great for surfing and many locals head here. The beach is not dog friendly in the summer, but then it's too busy in the summer for us, so we avoid it until the winter months. This is also the start of the Camel Estuary with Rock and Daymer Bay on our side and Padstow on the other. We have often parked at Rock and taken the foot ferry across the waters to Padstow for a days outing; though parking at Rock and walking along the wide sands to Daymer Bay is just . . well you'd have to visit North Cornwall to discover all this for yourself.
For Sam and I this isn't the end of our Cornwall; we love the beaches between Padstow and Newquay too; all softer and less cliffs but more golden sands and clear blue ocean (feel free to look through our photos)