Oct 26, 2007

Helsbury Park Photo Competition 2007 / Entry 13

This one's from Michele Harfield, and her dog Wilma, they're enjoying a run on the beach at Hayle, great entry for our Cornwall Dogs category.

Oct 20, 2007

Helsbury Park Photo Competition 2007 / Entry 12

Some more shots from Beth Currie from their stay in Broadview earlier this year, Eddie and Neo even bought their toys along for the holiday. Beth said "We had a great time. The dogs loved it and we had some lovely walks up Roughtor and Brown Willy. We came straight home and re-booked for next year!"

Oct 14, 2007

Cani-Cross Come to Cornwall...

Cani-Cross (canine — cross-country) means running with your dog (any breed). If you're already running with your dog/s — you already do cani-cross! Previous events have included vision impaired entrants running with a human guide, hearing impaired entrants running with their Hearing Dogs, people who have had a triple heart by pass, 10km/ marathon/ ultra-endurance athletes, to kids, have-a-goes and those that just love to do things with their dogs.

No special equipment or training is needed. You can start today, go out for a training run and enter cani-cross races with your dog on collar and lead. Many choose to harness their dog’s pulling power and chase instinct with a dog running harness, waist belt and cani-cross line. This is more comfortable for both you and your dog and gives you extra assistance (handy for the hills)! Dogs soon learn the difference between their collar and their running harness – understanding that they can pull with one and not the other. The running harness directs all the pulling power to the dogs chest and shoulders away from the neck. The feel is totally different to the collar and significantly more comfortable. Running with your dog in harness can help with loose lead walking. Cani-cross is a brilliant way to get out in the fresh air and spend quality time with your dog. You and your canine chum can enjoy the peace and tranquillity of your surroundings and get in shape at the same time with an invigorating workout.

Cardinham Cani-Cross event (5km and 2.5km)
Date: Sunday 6 April 2008
Closing date: 2 April 2008
Venue: Cardinham Woods, Bodmin, Cornwall
Link: http://www.cani-cross.co.uk/Cardinham%20CaniCross2.shtml

One of our favourite artists comes to North Cornwall...

Amanda Hoskin lives and works in beautiful county of Cornwall and is very much influenced by the surrounding landscape. She s currently walking the Cornish coastal path, painting as she goes, she will be exhibiting the work next April. Amanda says of the show: "This show is the start of a long-term project for me - walking the Cornish Coast. I decided to do 100 miles for each section and each show. For me it is a way to see new areas of Cornwall that I haven't visited or painted before. Starting at Bude and finishing this part of the walk at Padstow, this is an area I know very little about. It is a challenging stretch of the coast, very wild with steep rugged cliffs, dramatic skies and sweeping white sands of the Camel Estuary."

Amanda's web site

The Little Book of Cornwall

The Little Book of Cornwall is an ecclectic mix of facts, figures, statistics and trivia about Cornwall. It perfectly captures Cornwall as if it flashed before your eyes. Delightful facts, obscure references, irreverent humour and useful knowledge all rolled into a bite sized package. What more do you want from a book? A great stocking filler and a lovely souvenir of this wonderful county.

The Little Book of Cornwall

Some books that might help you plan your holiday...

We've been scouring Amazon for a few of the latest and greatest books available on Cornwall and here's good selection...

Penwith Moods
Cornwall from Above
Wild about Cornwall
Hidden Places of Cornwall

OK, we admit it, its not always sunny...

The "101 things to do" website provides a guide to wet weather ativities in Cornwall and is a mine of some of the things that you can do regardless of the weather. So if you are looking for what do in Cornwall when it rains, then you're in the right place! If you happen to be suffering some rainy weather, then its not always obvious that you still have plenty to see and do. This website will hopefully help you to find those hidden gems that will tide you over until the sunshine magically reappears.

Of course as a wise man once said there's no such thing as bad weather just inappropriate clothing and we know our guests tend to be a bid more intrepid, they are well used to the cold winter nights walking the dog! Bud just in case you fancy the break, this site might well help you.

101 things to do on rainy days in cornwall web site

Cornwall is Europe's first ever Region of Culture

For over 20 years, Europe has recognised Capitals of Culture, where a city is chosen by the European Union and given a chance to showcase its cultural life on a local, national and international stage. But why is it only cities? Cornwall has just as much culture as a city. We're going to propose Cornwall as Europe's first ever Region of Culture. It's a bold step but we think it's worth it because, if successful, there will be a year-long celebration of Cornish culture in 2010 where Cornwall could get the cultural fame it deserves both at home and abroad.

Cornwall Culture Project

Vdubs for hire...

Ever thought of climbing into a classic VW camper van, sticking on some tunes and hitting the open road? Well now you can. There are several companies in the southe west offering the 'vdub' experience without all the hassle of actually owning one!

Seven Degrees West
O'Connors Campers