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Chris Fry
(In reverse date order)



October 2014
PAROW is now fully staffed and starting work on its new projects. We will shortly be updating these pages again to keep you informed of our activities.

16th October 2012
PAROW (Penwith Access and Rights of Way) 2012 Chris Fry PAROW Paths Officer writes – PAROW continues to work hard to maintain and improve Penwith’s network of Rights of Way and Ancient Sites. Recently we have been working at Sancreed Beacon, and have been clearing areas of Bracken and Bramble scrub, before the land owners Cornwall Heritage Trust, introduce a conservation grazing scheme. We are hoping to clear up to ten acres of scrub to provide grassy glades off of the main paths, working in consultation with Natural England, and there should soon be a number of ponies grazing on the hill. We have also been working to clear ground for another grazing scheme on Boswarva Carn, which is the high ground that is on the left hand side of the road opposite Lanyon Quoit. Other recent work includes cutting the path which runs from Higher Kemyel Farm down to close to the Old Mill at Lamorna. This path provides wonderful views from the high ground down into the Lamorna valley but quickly becomes overgrown. We have been clearing out a lot of blackthorn from the path which will make access much easier this summer. We are also planning to do some work on a couple of badly overgrown lanes in Helston next week which were reported by a number of horse riders in the area. The lanes are close to the A394 which runs into Helston from Penzance and include Sithney Old Hill. The next Public meeting for PAROW is Wednesday the 21st November in Committee Room 1 of the St Clare Building at 6.30 for 7.00pm so please come along to discuss any issues or problems with our Rights of Way or Historic Sites. To find out more about PAROW’s projects and opportunities to get involved, or to report a problem, please contact me. Either e-mail at parow@btconnect.com or telephone 01736 811124 and leave a message. Further information and walking ideas are available on our web site, at parow.org.uk Chris Fry Paths Officer

30th August 2012
PAROW (Penwith Access and Rights of Way) 2012 Chris Fry PAROW Paths Officer writes – PAROW continues to be hard at work despite this year’s wet weather which seems to have made everything grow more rapidly than usual! Recently we have been working on Sancreed Beacon, cutting out all of the tracks and paths which cross the hill, working with Cornwall Heritage Trust who own and manage the site. We have also been working with St Ives Town Council to cut a path to the summit of Carnstabba Hill which is close to the industrial estate and the Penbeagle estate. The path starts close to the children’s Skate Park and runs up through the bracken to reach a rocky outcrop at the summit. The land is owned and managed by Cornwall Council and offers some wonderful views over St Ives and the bay. Other work includes starting the second cut of the paths in Perranuthnoe for this year, and as growth starts to slow on footpaths and bridleways, we should be able to consolidate previous clearance work we have carried out on some of Penwith’s many ancient sites. The next Public meeting for PAROW is Wednesday the 19th September in Committee Room 1 of the St Clare Building at 6.30 for 7.00pm so please come along to discuss any issues or problems with our Rights of Way or Historic Sites. To find out more about PAROW’s projects and opportunities to get involved, or to report a problem, please contact me. Either e-mail at parow@btconnect.com or telephone 01736 811124 and leave a message. Further information and walking ideas are available on our web site, at parow.org.uk Chris Fry Paths Officer



29th May 2012
PAROW (Penwith Access and Rights of Way) 2012 Chris Fry PAROW Paths Officer writes – This is the start of a very busy time of year for PAROW, when everything starting to grow rapidly, and bracken is starting to re-emerge. We have now finished the first cut of the Footpaths and Bridleways in Perranuthnoe and will soon be starting on the Footpaths in the Parish of Paul. We have also started to cut the paths in the Parish of Morvah. PAROW had its regular Public meeting on the 23rd May which was well attended, with representatives from a lot of Penwith’s Parishes. Lots of issues were discussed including the possibility of cutting paths on Rosewall Hill for St Ives Town Council, and putting in a new Way Marker at St Loy. The next Public meeting for PAROW is the 18th July in Committee Room 1 of the St Clare Building at 6.30 for 7.00pm so please come along to discuss any issues or problems with our Rights of Way or Historic Sites. To find out more about PAROW’s projects and opportunities to get involved, or to report a problem, please contact me. Either e-mail at parow@btconnect.com or telephone 01736 811124 and leave a message. Further information and walking ideas are available on our web site, at parow.org.uk Chris Fry Paths Officer

30th April 2012
PAROW (Penwith Access and Rights of Way) 2012 Chris Fry PAROW Paths Officer writes – PAROW has recently been working on the St Michaels Way, the Ancient Pilgrims Route from Lelant to Marazion. We have done our first cut of the vegetation along the Way, in preparation for the Rotary Club Of Mounts Bay‘s 10th Charity walk of the route which is taking place on Sunday the 20th May. The walk will be in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support with the option to do the full 12 miles or a shorter 3.5 mile section. Further details and registration are on the Macmillan Web Site. We have also replaced a flight of wooden steps along the route at the crossing of the Marazion Bypass, and this work was carried out with the support of Cornwall Council who supplied the materials. Other work includes starting the vegetation cutting along Footpaths and Bridleways in the Parishes of Paul and Perranuthnoe, who use Parow as their contractor. We have also finished our fourth walk guide for this year which contains two short walks from Porthgwarra. These will soon be available from our Web site to download for free with one of the suggested routes suitable for families with Pushchairs. The next Public meeting for PAROW is the 23rd of May in Committee Room 1 of the St Clare Building at 6.30 for 7.00pm so please come along to discuss any issues or problems with our Rights of Way or Historic Sites. To find out more about PAROW’s projects and opportunities to get involved, or to report a problem, please contact me. Either e-mail at parow@btconnect.com or telephone 01736 811124 and leave a message. Further information and walking ideas are available on our web site, at parow.org.uk Chris Fry Paths Officer

5th April 2012
PAROW (Penwith Access and Rights of Way) 2012 Chris Fry PAROW Paths Officer writes – PAROW continues to work to improve our Footpaths and Bridleways in Penwith. Recently we have been at work in the Parish of St Just, and have cut out a number of routes close to Higher Bostraze. We have also done some clearance on St Levan 52, a previous PAROW project, the Bridleway that links Trendrennen Farm to the coastal path above Porthcurno. PAROW carries out the summer maintenance for two local Parishes, Paul and Perranuthnoe, and in preparation for a busy summer we have already done some initial clearance on paths, We have also cleared an overgrown path in the Parish of St Ives, (St Ives 56) close to Halsetown which was reported at the last PAROW public meeting. To find out more about PAROW’s projects and opportunities to get involved, or to report a problem, please contact me. Either e-mail at parow@btconnect.com or telephone 01736 811124 and leave a message. Further information and walking ideas are available on our web site, at parow.org.uk Chris Fry Paths Officer

22nd March 2012
PAROW (Penwith Access and Rights of Way) 2012 Chris Fry PAROW Paths Officer writes – PAROW has recently been working on the ancient settlement close to West Lanyon Quoit. The project, which was managed by Natural England as part of a Higher Level Stewardship scheme, should help to protect the important archaeology at the site The area took quite some time to clear, with all of the Bracken, Brambles and Gorse having to be either strimmed with plastic cord to prevent archaeological damage, or sawn and removed by hand. All the vegetation was then burnt off of the site to preserve the area. It was really interesting to see the structures of the building emerge slowly from the undergrowth. The settlement is believed to be Medieval in origin, and the remains of at least four building were discovered when it was surveyed in 1975. It was occupied through the 13th and 14th Century and was still in use in the 18th Century when a cottage was built on the site of one of the earlier buildings. We are hoping to continue to work with Natural England to preserve other important archaeological sites in Penwith. To find out more about PAROW’s projects and opportunities to get involved, or to report a problem, please contact me. Either e-mail at parow@btconnect.com or telephone 01736 811124 and leave a message. Further information and walking ideas are available on our web site, at parow.org.uk Chris Fry Paths Officer

16th February 2012
PAROW (Penwith Access and Rights of Way) 2012 Chris Fry PAROW Paths Officer writes – PAROW has recently been carrying out a number of improvements to our Rights of Way in Penwith. We have installed a new Way Marker post on a footpath that leaves the A3071 St Just road above New Bridge, and have also cleared a path that runs across the base of Rosewall Hill close to St Ives, which is well used by the local horse riders. We have also completed our latest walk guide which follows a route along the river at St Erth and returns to the Church using Footpaths and Bridleways. This will soon be available to download for free from our web site along with a number of other walking guides which give ideas for routes throughout Penwith. The next Public meeting for PAROW is the 21st March in Committee Room 1 of the St Clare Building at 6.30 for 7.00pm so please come along to discuss any issues or problems with our Rights of Way. To find out more about PAROW’s projects and opportunities to get involved, or to report a problem, please contact me. Either e-mail at parow@btconnect.com or telephone 01736 811124 and leave a message. Further information and walking ideas are available on our web site, at parow.org.uk Chris Fry Paths Officer

12th January 2012
PAROW (Penwith Access and Rights of Way) 2012 Chris Fry PAROW Paths Officer writes – PAROW will be holding its bi-monthly public meeting at the St Clares Offices on Wednesday 18th January at 6.30 for 7.00pm and this is an excellent opportunity for people to discuss any issues or problems with Penwith’s Rights of Way and Ancient Sites. This week we have been using our tractor to help with the clearance of the many paths and tracks which run over the site of Sancreed Beacon. The site is owned by the Cornwall Heritage Trust and contains Bronze Age Archaeological remains and also shows much evidence of its mining past. It is an interesting area to visit with some wonderful views from the top! To find out more about PAROW’s projects and opportunities to get involved, or to report a problem, please contact me. Either e-mail at parow@btconnect.com or telephone 01736 811124 and leave a message. Further information and walking ideas are available on our web site, at parow.org.uk Chris Fry Paths Officer

8th December 2011
PAROW (Penwith Access and Rights of Way) 2011 Chris Fry PAROW Paths Officer writes – PAROW recently held its bi-monthly public meeting at the St Clares Offices and had an excellent presentation from Liz Cox of Cornwall Wildlife Trust who talked about their ‘Wild Penwith project’. The meeting also discussed a number of issues regarding Rights of Way and highlighted several paths that need work or better Way Marking. The next meeting is held on the 18th January in Committee Room 1 at St Clares, giving people a chance to report problems or discuss Rights of Way Issues. PAROW’s Paths Officers have been out in the countryside, dodging the showers, and have been at work on some of Penwith’s Ancient Sites. We have managed to finish clearing the Iron Age Settlement at Goldherring and have started to clear the dead Bracken from the Hill Fort at Caer Bran, hopefully to give the Blue Bells an opportunity to grow come the Spring. We have also cut the grass at Lescudjack Hill Fort at Treneer, in preparation for the Montol Festival. I would like to thank all the people that have continued to support PAROW over the last year, and to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year full of walking and exploring in our wonderful countryside. To find out more about PAROW’s projects and opportunities to get involved, or to report a problem, please contact me. Either e-mail at parow@btconnect.com or telephone 01736 811124 and leave a message. Further information and walking ideas are available on our web site, at parow.org.uk Chris Fry Paths Officer

10th November 2011
PAROW (Penwith Access and Rights of Way) 2011 Chris Fry PAROW Paths Officer writes – It’s been several weeks since my last report but we have been out and about working to improve our Rights of Way and Ancient Sites. We have started to clear the Iron Age Settlement at Goldherring again, because despite a lot of clearance work last year, and work from the Cornwall Wildlife Trust Volunteers, the bracken had grown back to waist height! We will make sure that the site is clear over the winter to give the Blue Bells a chance to re-appear in the Spring. We have continued work cutting out the definitive path which crosses Busvargus and Tregeseal Common, which starts close to the old China Clay works at Lower Bostraze, and then travels past Higher Bostraze. Hopefully in the next few weeks we will be able to continue it on further to reach the road, passing Cryor Farm. We have now finished our next walking guide which is for people with mobility problems who use ‘Tramper’ style electric buggies or for families with ‘Off Road’ pushchairs. It starts at the Count House at Botallack and explores along the Coast in both directions, towards Geevor Mine one way, and also back towards the Kenidjack Valley. It will soon be available to download from the PAROW Web Site. PAROW has now decided to change its regular monthly public meetings to bi-monthly so the next meeting will be Wednesday 16th November at 6.30-7.00pm in Committee Room 1 at the St Clare Offices. We will have Liz Cox from the Cornwall Wildlife Trust as a guest speaker at the meeting, talking about the work of the Wild Penwith Project and other local work the Trust is doing. To find out more about PAROW’s projects and opportunities to get involved, or to report a problem, please contact me. Either e-mail at parow@btconnect.com or telephone 01736 811124 and leave a message. Further information and walking ideas are available on our web site, at parow.org.uk Chris Fry Paths Officer

13th October 2011
PAROW (Penwith Access and Rights of Way) 2011 Chris Fry PAROW Paths Officer writes – It’s been several weeks since my last report but despite the poor weather we have still been out and about, and hard at work! Recently we have been working on the moors between Lady Downs and Embla and have made good progress cutting out Rights of Way and Fire Breaks through the Gorse and long grass with our Tractor and Flail. We have also been working close to the Iron Age Settlement at Bodrifty and again have cut out a number of paths in the area. One of the sections cut is an important link on the route of the Tinners Way and will help horse riders and walkers to cross the moors. Another job currently underway is cutting out a definitive path which crosses Busvargus and Tregeseal Common, starting close to the old China Clay works at Lower Bostraze, and then travelling past Higher Bostraze before continuing on past Cryor to reach the road. PAROW has now decided to change its regular monthly public meetings to bi-monthly so the next meeting will be Wednesday 16th November at 6.30-7.00pm in Committee Room 1 at the St Clare Offices. It is hoped to have a guest speaker at the meetings as well as the usual opportunities to discuss Rights of Way Issues. To find out more about PAROW’s projects and opportunities to get involved, or to report a problem, please contact me. Either e-mail at parow@btconnect.com or telephone 01736 811124 and leave a message. Further information and walking ideas are available on our web site, at parow.org.uk Chris Fry Paths Officer

15th September 2011
PAROW (Penwith Access and Rights of Way) 2011 Chris Fry PAROW Paths Officer writes – With the Autumn now starting to take hold, things are finally growing more slowly, which is giving us a chance to catch up with some of the many jobs we would like to do on Penwith’s Rights of Way and Ancient Sites. We have been cutting a new link which skirts some newly enclosed land on the moors close to the Bodrifty Roundhouse settlement. This will allow walkers and horse riders to cross the moor from the New Mill road and links up to a track PAROW cleared earlier in the year. This track then leads on close to the Nine Maidens before continuing on to the Four Parish stone close to Carn Galver. We have also started to do a second cut on all of the Footpaths and Bridleways in Perranuthnoe for this year, and once we have finished we will be starting again in the Parish of Paul! Other work completed includes cutting all of the paths which lead to the Boscawenoon Stone Circle and lots of the paths that cross Bartinney Hill and the surrounding area. To find out more about PAROW’s projects and opportunities to get involved, or to report a problem, please contact me. Either e-mail at parow@btconnect.com or telephone 01736 811124 and leave a message. Further information and walking ideas are available on our web site, at parow.org.uk Chris Fry Paths Officer

25th August 2011
PAROW (Penwith Access and Rights of Way) 2011 Chris Fry PAROW Paths Officer writes – In the last few weeks PAROW has been hard at work trying to improve our Rights of Way and Ancient Sites. We have started clearing an ancient settlement which is on open access land behind Lanyon Farm in the Parish of Madron. There is going to be an excavation of the site in September and we have been asked to clear away all of the Bracken and Brambles in preparation. The most exciting moment of work so far was the discovery of a large Adder curled up on my colleague’s Brushcutter harness after a tea break! We have also started to clear a Bridleway in Perranuthnoe which runs from the road at Johns Corner. It had become overgrown, with lots of overhanging branches making it difficult for horse riders to use. We have dealt with the lower vegetation and will be back with the tractor to flail the remainder of the lane. We have now published our latest walk guide on our web site, which is a really nice circular walk which starts from Lamorna Pottery and follows Footpaths, Bridleways and small lanes. It gives walkers the opportunity to visit Lamorna Cove and then follow the Coast Path to Mousehole before returning inland back to the start. The walk route gives the walker many opportunities to indulge in Ice Creams and Cream Teas along the way! There is not a Forum Meeting in August but the monthly public meetings will resume in September. To find out more about PAROW’s projects and opportunities to get involved, or to report a problem, please contact me. Either e-mail at parow@btconnect.com or telephone 01736 811124 and leave a message. Further information and walking ideas are available on our web site, at parow.org.uk Chris Fry Paths Officer

28th July 2011
PAROW (Penwith Access and Rights of Way) 2011 Chris Fry PAROW Paths Officer writes – We have been making use of the PAROW tractor recently as it is an effective way of cutting Footpaths, Bridleways and large areas quickly. Last week we used it to cut the Hill Fort site at Lescudjack on the Treneere estate which is well used by local people and dog walkers. We have also cut a path that runs alongside the Marazion bypass which helps local horse riders to link up to other paths without using the busy road. Wednesday will see PAROW working again with volunteers from Cornwall Wildlife Trust, who will be helping at a number of ancient sites including the Iron Age settlement at Goldherring. The site was cleared by PAROW in the winter but is now waist high Bracken again, and will look much better after a day spent scything and hand pulling! PAROW’s public forum meeting was held on the 13th July and a number of issues were raised. A couple of footpaths were reported as badly overgrown and there were also comments regarding the need for additional Way Markers on a number of routes. Representatives from Cornwall Council were in attendance so these issues could be reported directly to the Council. It was also PAROW’s AGM and its Steering Committee, who help to run the project, were all voted into their positions for another year. The August meeting of the Forum has been cancelled as a number of people were on holiday so the next meeting will now be in September To find out more about PAROW’s projects and opportunities to get involved, or to report a problem, please contact me. Either e-mail at parow@btconnect.com or telephone 01736 811124 and leave a message. Further information and walking ideas are available on our web site, at parow.org.uk Chris Fry Paths Officer

7th July 2011
PAROW (Penwith Access and Rights of Way) 2011 Chris Fry PAROW Paths Officer writes – for the past couple of weeks PAROW has been hard at work in the Parish of Paul. We have now managed to cut a number of paths and bridleways but still have a long list of others yet to do! We have also been busy cutting routes in the Parish of Morvah and as always at this time of year, things grow faster than we can cut! A new project we are helping with is to clear an area of ground containing the remains of an ancient village, for an archaeological survey which will be taking place later in the year. The site is on land behind Lanyon Farm in the Parish of Madron and is being undertaken to see the effect of bracken on archaeological sites. Other work carried out has included installing a new Way Marker on a footpath which leads up to the landmark of Rogers Tower, which is set above Ludgvan. This area gives the opportunity for amazing views out to St Michaels Mount and the Bay. PAROW’S next public meeting will be on Wednesday 13th July in committee room 1 at the Council Offices at St Clare at 6.30 for 7.00pm. It is an opportunity to discuss any Rights of Way issues and to see a photo presentation of the work carried out by the Paths Officers in the last month. To find out more about PAROW’s projects and opportunities to get involved, or to report a problem, please contact me. Either e-mail at parow@btconnect.com or telephone 01736 811124 and leave a message. Further information and walking ideas are available on our web site, at parow.org.uk Chris Fry Paths Officer

9th June 2011
PAROW (Penwith Access and Rights of Way) 2010 Chris Fry PAROW Paths Officer writes – The lovely warm weather continues to make it a pleasure to work in the countryside, and PAROW has been hard at work on Penwith’s Rights Of Way. With the demise of Penwith District Council no other Council body was willing to undertake the continued maintenance of the Iron Age Hill fort Site at Lescudjack in Penzance. For the second year in a row, PAROW is continuing to cut the site free of charge and this area is well used by local residents and dog walkers offering a green space to relax and admire the panoramic views. PAROW has also been confirmed as the contractor for the Footpaths and Bridleways in the Parish of Paul for the coming year and we have made a start on cutting the paths which run down into Lamorna Cove and will be trying to cut as many as possible in the next couple of weeks. This week also sees PAROW join forces with Cornwall Wildlife Trust for a Volunteer Work Day on the Iron Age Hill Fort of Caer Bran. The day will be spent pulling, cutting and trampling bracken and it’s so much more rewarding to see a large area cleared working as part of a team! PAROW’S next public meeting will be on Monday the 13th June in committee room 1 at the Council Offices at St Clare at 6.30 for 7.00pm. It is an opportunity to discuss any Rights of Way issues and to see a photo presentation of the work carried out by the Paths Officers in the last month. To find out more about PAROW’s projects and opportunities to get involved, or to report a problem, please contact me. Either e-mail at parow@btconnect.com or telephone 01736 811124 and leave a message. Further information and walking ideas are available on our web site, at parow.org.uk Chris Fry Paths Officer

26th May 2011
PAROW (Penwith Access and Rights of Way) 2010 Chris Fry PAROW Paths Officer writes – With the lovely warm weather that we have recently been enjoying, everything in the countryside is growing very fast which is presenting its usual challenges to us at this time of year! We have been busy at a number of ancient sites trying to keep ahead of the bracken and so far have cleared the Iron Age Sites of Chun Castle and Caer Bran. We have also been busy with the Footpaths and Bridleways in the Parish of Perranuthnoe and nearly all of their routes have had their first cut for this year. The Saint Michaels Way is also now finished for its first cut including the loop which runs from Ludgvan to Gulval, which was cut this week. Other work has included cutting a path in St Ives near to Clodgy Point at the request of Cornwall Council, cutting access paths on Bartinney Hill and also cutting the access paths to the Stone Circle at Boscawenoon. This is a lovely time of year to be out in the countryside and the Blue Bells at sites such as Boscawenoon and Gold Herring have been tremendous, and its well worth the effort to get out and discover these hidden gems which Penwith has to offer. To find out more about PAROW’s projects and opportunities to get involved, or to report a problem, please contact me. Either e-mail at parow@btconnect.com or telephone 01736 811124 and leave a message. Further information and walking ideas are available on our web site, at parow.org.uk Chris Fry Paths Officer

5th May 2011
PAROW (Penwith Access and Rights of Way) 2010 Chris Fry PAROW Paths Officer writes – PAROW was busy working on the Saint Michael’s Way last week, and we have started at the Marazion end of this Pilgrim Route. From repairing and improving Stiles and Way Markers, to cutting the rapidly growing vegetation along the route, we are keen to make it more enjoyable to walk and easier to navigate prior to the Rotary Clubs Charity Walk on the 15th May. We will be out again this week working from Trembetho Farm heading towards Lelant so look out for a white Land Rover loaded down with timber! PAROW will again be responsible for cutting all of the Footpaths and Bridleways in the Parish of Perranuthnoe this year, operating under Cornwall Councils Local Maintenance Partnership, which provides the finances to use local organisations and contractors. We should be making a start in the next few weeks and I would be interested to know about any areas that are already starting to become overgrown. PAROW holds its next monthly public meeting to discuss Rights of Way Issues on Thursday 12th May in Committee Room 1 at the old District Council Offices at St Clare for 6.30pm for 7pm. The meeting will possibly be PAROW’s AGM, and as always there will be an opportunity to discuss any issues or problems with Footpaths and Bridleways in Penwith. There will also be a photo presentation of the work carried out by the PAROW paths officers in the previous month. To find out more about PAROW’s projects and opportunities to get involved, or to report a problem, please contact me. Either e-mail at parow@btconnect.com or telephone 01736 811124 and leave a message. Further information and walking ideas are available on our web site, at parow.org.uk Chris Fry Paths Officer

24th April 2011
PAROW (Penwith Access and Rights of Way) 2010 Chris Fry PAROW Paths Officer writes – With the start of some warm and sunny weather everything is now starting to grow rapidly and the next few months are always very busy for PAROW. We have already started to cut a number of paths in the Parishes of Paul and St Buryan and will be starting on our regular maintenance of the pilgrim’s route, the St Michaels Way, which runs from Lelant to Marazion. The Rotary Club of Mounts Bay will be holding their annual charity walk along the route on the 15th May and PAROW has already surveyed the route to find any problems and will be working in partnership with Cornwall Council to make ant necessary improvements. PAROW held its monthly public meeting to discuss Rights of Way Issues on Monday 11th April and a number of issues were raised. The next public meeting will be on 12th May in Committee Room 1 at the old District Council Offices at 6.30pm for 7pm. The meeting will be PAROW’s AGM, and as always, there will be an opportunity to discuss any issues or problems with Footpaths and Bridleways in Penwith. There will also be a photo presentation of the work carried out by the PAROW paths officers in the previous month. To find out more about PAROW’s projects and opportunities to get involved, or to report a problem, please contact me. Either e-mail at parow@btconnect.com or telephone 01736 811124 and leave a message. Further information and walking ideas are available on our web site, at parow.org.uk Chris Fry Paths Officer

5th April 2011
PAROW (Penwith Access and Rights of Way) 2011 Chris Fry PAROW Paths Officer writes – For the past few weeks PAROW has been working in partnership with Cornwall Council to improve access onto areas of the Penwith moors. We have been re-cutting an overgrown path which runs from close to Brook Cottage near to Bodrifity Ancient Settlement, which runs up onto the open moor close to the Nine Maidens Stone Circle. The path then continues towards Carn Galver and finishes at the four Parish Boundary stone. This work has also been carried out to help improve a section of the ‘Tinners Way’ which runs from St Ives to St Just. It is hoped that we will be able to improve other sections of this ancient route in the coming year. PAROW is holding its monthly public meeting on Monday 11th April at St Johns Hall in Penzance, and these are always well attended by representatives of the local parish councils and keen walkers and riders. They offer the opportunity to discuss any issues or problems with Footpaths and Bridleways and all are welcome. They also give a chance to see a photo presentation of the work carried out by the PAROW paths officers in the previous month. To find out more about PAROW’s projects and opportunities to get involved, or to report a problem, please contact me. Either e-mail at parow@btconnect.com or telephone 01736 811124 and leave a message. Further information and walking ideas are available on our web site, at parow.org.uk Chris Fry Paths Officer

27th January
PAROW (Penwith Access and Rights of Way) 2011 Chris Fry PAROW Paths Officer writes – in the past few weeks PAROW has continued to work hard clearing and improving Penwith’s Rights of Way and Ancient Sites. We have made good progress with clearing the ancient track which runs alongside the National Trust owned hill of Chapel Carn Brea. The track is a useful link for horse riders and walkers and there were references to it dating back to before the Norman invasion so it has been in use for over a thousand years. Now that the clearance has finished we have also installed a number of wooden drains across the path to help combat erosion and slow down water damage. We recently visited the on going clearance Parow has carried out at the ancient Bronze Age site of Goldherring with a representative from English Heritage. She was pleased to see the site greatly improved with the majority of the vegetation removed, and as time allows, we will be removing the remaining bracken and mulch, and possibly seeding some of the areas to help stabilise the remains and simplify future maintenance. The site is on open access land close to the A30 and is well worth a visit. As well as work on the ancient sites, Parow has been improving a number of rights of way with a gate repaired on the Bridleway at the end of Green Lane in Marazion and low branches removed from a Bridleway in the Parish of Gwinear and Gwithian which forms part of the Red River Valley Trail. Parow cancelled its public meeting for January, and its next meeting will now be on the 14th February in committee room 1 at the Council Offices at St Clare at 6.30 for 7.00pm. It is an opportunity to discuss any Rights of Way issues and to see a photo presentation of the work carried out by the Paths Officers in the last month. To find out more about PAROW’s projects and opportunities to get involved, or to report a problem, please contact me. Either e-mail at parow@btconnect.com or telephone 01736 811124 and leave a message. Further information and walking ideas are available on our web site, at parow.org.uk Chris Fry Paths Officer

25th November
PAROW (Penwith Access and Rights of Way) 2010 Chris Fry PAROW Paths Officer writes – in the past few weeks PAROW has continued to work hard clearing and improving Penwith’s Rights of Way and Ancient Sites. We have made good progress with the on going clearance of the ancient settlement at Goldherring, which is close to the A30 near to Boscawenoon Stone Circle. The walled settlement has a long and interesting history and was populated from the Bronze Age before being used in medieval times for tin smelting. It is surrounded by a terraced field system which is currently lost beneath vegetation but as the site has been cleared it is possible to see the external ditch and the base of a Courtyard House and a Round House. The site is on open access land and is well worth a visit. We are also about to publish our third walking guide for this year, and the latest walk is a lovely circular route around the paths and bridleways of the parish of Perranuthnoe. The walk is approximately 6 to 7 miles long and gives the walker the opportunity to enjoy some tremendous views of St Michaels Mount, Cudden Point and Perranuthnoe’s lovely beach. Despite the recent weather and some muddy paths it is a lovely time of year to be walking and details of this and PAROW’s other walks can be downloaded for free from our website. Parow is holding its next public meeting on Wednesday the 15th December in committee room 1 at the Council Offices at St Clare at 6.30 for 7.00pm. It is an opportunity to discuss any Rights of Way issues and to see a photo presentation of the work carried out by the Paths Officers in the last month. To find out more about PAROW’s projects and opportunities to get involved, or to report a problem, please contact me. Either e-mail at parow@btconnect.com or telephone 01736 811124 and leave a message. Further information and walking ideas are available on our web site, at parow.org.uk Chris Fry

4th November 2010
PAROW (Penwith Access and Rights of Way) 2010 Chris Fry PAROW Paths Officer writes – in the past few weeks PAROW has continued to work hard clearing and improving Penwith’s Rights of Way and Ancient Sites. We have made further progress in clearing an overgrown lane which runs alongside Chapel Carn Brea Hill, which will allow horse riders and walkers access around the hill which is now being grazed by the National Trust. We have also started on a new project, the clearance of vegetation from an ancient walled settlement at Goldherring. The site, which is accessible from the A30 is quite close to the stone circle at Boscawenoon and is currently badly overgrown with Gorse and Bracken. The work is being carried out with the kind permission of Bolitho Estates who own the site, and is being supported by English Heritage. Other work has included cutting the grass at the Lescudjack Hill Fort site in Penzance. The site, which Parow has maintained for several years, will soon be used for the Yearly Montal celebrations. Parow is holding this month’s public meeting on the 15th November in committee room 1 at the Council Offices at St Clare at 6.30 for 7.00pm. It is an opportunity to discuss any Rights of Way issues and to see a photo presentation of the work carried out by the Paths Officers in the last month. To find out more about PAROW’s projects and opportunities to get involved, or to report a problem, please contact me. Either e-mail at parow@btconnect.com or telephone 01736 811124 and leave a message. Further information and walking ideas are available on our web site, at parow.org.uk Chris Fry Paths Officer

14th October 2010
PAROW (Penwith Access and Rights of Way) 2010 Chris Fry PAROW Paths Officer writes – it has been a busy couple of weeks for Parow, a new project that we have become involved with is the clearance of an overgrown lane which runs alongside Chapel Carn Brea, and eventually meets up with another track to emerge onto the A30 at New Shop. We are doing the clearance in partnership with the National Trust who are now carrying out conservation grazing on the Hill. We have also carried out work on a footpath in the Parish of St Just, clearing a route which ran along the top of a Cornish hedge but was badly overgrown with gorse and Blackthorn. It was due to be used by the Ramblers Association for a walk and was definitely easier and safer to use after clearance! Other practical work includes cutting the old lane which gives access to Carnyorth Common from No Go By Lane close to Botallack. The lane known locally as ‘Devils Lane’ is a really useful link for horse riders and walker who want to enjoy the views and the peace offered by the moors. Parow is holding this month’s public meeting on the 14th October in committee room 1 at the Council Offices at St Clare at 6.30 for 7.00pm. It is an opportunity to discuss any Rights of Way issues and to see a photo presentation of the work carried out by the Paths Officers in the last month. To find out more about PAROW’s projects and opportunities to get involved, or to report a problem, please contact me. Either e-mail at parow@btconnect.com or telephone 01736 811124 and leave a message. Further information and walking ideas are available on our web site, at parow.org.uk Chris Fry Paths Officer

23rd September 2010
PAROW (Penwith Access and Rights of Way) 2010 Chris Fry PAROW Paths Officer writes – it has been a busy couple of weeks for Parow, and we are now in the process of adding another walking guide to our web site. This is a lovely circular walk which starts from the National Trust car park at the Count House at Botallack. The 10 mile route runs from Botallack across Kenidjack moor and visits Chun Quoit and Chun Castle before heading down through the hamlet of Morvah, to return along the Coast path to the start. With lots of opportunities to enjoy the stunning views and many fascinating ancient sites along the way it is well worth a try and details of the route and a map will be available to down load for free. Last week also saw Parow update its works vehicle thanks to a Cornwall Local Action Grant secured through Cornwall Councils Rural Economy Officer, and after a long trip to the Midlands to collect the new Land Rover, we now have a purpose made vehicle to assist with Parow’s many projects. Practical work has also continued and we have been busy cutting and maintaining the tracks and pathways at Boscawenoon Stone circle close to the A30, as well as our ongoing battle against the bracken at the newly cleared site of Caer Bran. Parow held its monthly Forum meeting on Monday 13th September and it was very well attended with representatives from many of the local parishes and user groups present. Many issues were discussed including problems with stuck gates in Marazion, overgrown paths in St Buryan and St Ives and access to the Merry Maidens, hopefully some of which Parow can assist in finding solutions for. Parow is holding this month’s public meeting on the 14th October in committee room 1 at the Council Offices at St Clare at 6.30 for 7.00pm. It is an opportunity to discuss any Rights of Way issues and to see a photo presentation of the work carried out by the Paths Officers in the last month. To find out more about PAROW’s projects and opportunities to get involved, or to report a problem, please contact me. Either e-mail at parow@btconnect.com or telephone 01736 811124 and leave a message. Further information and walking ideas are available on our web site, at parow.org.uk Chris Fry Paths Officer

19th August 2010
PAROW (Penwith Access and Rights of Way) 2010 Chris Fry PAROW Paths Officer writes – the last couple of weeks have seen work continue at the Chun Castle Hill Fort site. The access path that runs up to the Hill Fort from Trehylls Farm has now been cut back and work has started to cut the bracken and brambles from the remainder of the inner area of the castle. It’s been fascinating to see the archaeology that becomes visible as the vegetation is removed. Parow held its regular monthly public meeting on the 2nd August which was also its AGM, and a number of issues were raised concerning Rights of Way. One that we have been able to assist with is the path that runs from alongside Marazion Cemetery across to the Parish of Perranuthnoe. The path has been cut back to allow people to walk further from the edge of the path, which is starting to erode and is a safety issue. Work has also continued in the Parish’s of Perranuthnoe and Paul, with more paths having their second cut this year. Parow is holding this month’s public meeting on the 13th September in committee room 1 at the Council Offices at St Clare at 6.30 for 7.00pm. It is an opportunity to discuss any Rights of Way issues and to see a photo presentation of the work carried out by the Paths Officers in the last month. To find out more about PAROW’s projects and opportunities to get involved, or to report a problem, please contact me. Either e-mail at parow@btconnect.com or telephone 01736 811124 and leave a message. Further information and walking ideas are available on our web site, at parow.org.uk Chris Fry Paths Officer

5th August 2010
PAROW (Penwith Access and Rights of Way) 2010 Chris Fry PAROW Paths Officer writes – For the past few years Parow has been working to improve the site of the Iron Age Hillfort of Chun Castle on the summit of Chun Downs. We have been trying to clear half of the site of bracken and brambles, to encourage a more diverse range of wild flowers and grasses while allowing people the opportunity to better understand the remaining Archaeology. With permission form the local landowner we are now hoping to clear the remainder of the inner area of the castle in the next couple of weeks, and we will also be clearing back the access track which runs from Trehyllys Farm up to the castle. We have also been cutting vegetation from a number of paths in the Parish of Morvah, clearing the well used access routes from the Church to the Coast Path and also the path which runs from Chypraze down to Portheras Cove. We have also been at work in the Parish of Perranuthnoe, starting to cut their paths for a second time this year. After a recent call from the Parish Clerk we cleared a number of low branches which were brought down by a combination of Ivy and high winds, which were making access for horse riders difficult. To find out more about PAROW’s projects and opportunities to get involved, or to report a problem, please contact me. Either e-mail at parow@btconnect.com or telephone 01736 811124 and leave a message. Further information and walking ideas are available on our web site, at parow.org.uk Chris Fry Paths Officer

22nd July 2010
PAROW (Penwith Access and Rights of Way) 2010 Chris Fry PAROW Paths Officer writes – This week Parow has been working on the Creeg Tol site which is close to Boscawenoon Stone Circle, accessible from the main A30. This is an area that Parow has worked on previously, clearing Gorse and vegetation from around the large stones and at this time of year it is a continuing battle against the spread of bracken. We have also recently been at work in the Parish of Gwinear and Gwithian clearing a number of paths which had become overgrown and impassable. They had been reported by members of the public and with vegetation growing rapidly through the summer months it is always useful to hear of any problems and to try to find a speedy resolution. Parow’s compact tractor has spent the last week in the garage for some much needed service and repair but is now ready to be put back into use and we will hopefully start to clear a number of Bridleways in the Parish of Paul in the next week. Having already cut many of the more popular routes in Paul this year with a strimmer, the tractor will give us the opportunity to do a more thorough job from the driving seat! Parow is having its regular monthly meeting on the 2nd August in committee room one at the Council Offices, St Clare at 6.30 for 7.00pm. This is a great opportunity to discuss any problems or issues regarding Penwith’s Rights Of Way and to see a photo presentation of the recent work carried out by the Paths Officers. To find out more about PAROW’s projects and opportunities to get involved, or to report a problem, please contact me. Either e-mail at parow@btconnect.com or telephone 01736 811124 and leave a message. Further information and walking ideas are available on our web site, at parow.org.uk Chris Fry Paths Officer

8th July 2010
PAROW (Penwith Access and Rights of Way) 2010 Chris Fry PAROW Paths Officer writes – Parow has joined forces with the Cornwall Wildlife Trust this week, working with their team of volunteers to help control the bracken on Caer Bran Hill Fort. Despite our best efforts it’s been growing fast and needs continued persistence over a number of years to really become fully under control. We have also recently cut the access track (Burnt House Lane) which runs from Caer Bran down to the Brane Road which will hopefully encourage people to access the site and enjoy the views. Another area that has seen attention is Rosewall Hill near to St Ives, with a number of overgrown paths which provide links from the coast road to the Towednack Road being strimmed clear of vegetation. This is another excellent area for a walk with tremendous views of St Ives Bay and the North Coast Thanks to the hard work of Parow’s Chairman Adrian Bigg, our Website is now undergoing an update with the first of our new walking guides available to download. The walk starts from the National Trust car Park at Chapel Carn Brea and crosses Tredinney Common, taking in St Euny Well and Carn Euny Settlement before returning via Caer Bran Hill Fort and Bartinney Hill. The walk is approximately 4.5 miles and gives walkers a chance to explore the rich history Penwith has to offer. The Website will also have updates of all the most recent work carried out, and other activities. To find out more about PAROW’s projects and opportunities to get involved, please contact me. Either e-mail at parow@btconnect.com or telephone 01736 811124 and leave a message. Further information and walking ideas are available on our web site, at parow.org.uk Chris Fry Paths Officer

24th June 2010
PAROW (Penwith Access and Rights of Way) 2010 Chris Fry PAROW Paths Officer writes – Now that the growing season is definitely in full swing, and Penwith’s paths are growing fast, Parow has been working hard to keep as many clear as possible. The last two weeks have seen us working on a number of paths including this years second cut of the Saint Michaels Way, the old Pilgrims route which runs 12 miles from Lelant to Marazion. It’s a lovely walk offering a real variety of landscapes and gives the opportunity to stop half way for lunch on the top of Trencrom Hill! If anybody is interested in walking the route, a condensed version of the guide published by Parow is now available to down load from our Website. Parow also cuts the paths in the Parish of Paul and we have been busy Strimming the very popular routes which run out from Lamorna Cove and offer an inland route back to Mousehole. It’s always nice to see Penwith’s paths being well used and we’ve had the chance to talk to a lot of walkers, from both at home and abroad who are exploring Penwith’s amazing landscapes. We have also recently been at work in Marazion, cutting a useful route which runs alongside the Marazion Bypass from the bottom of Virgin Hill to link up with the Byway which runs back to Gwallon Lane. This is well used by local horse and bike riders and provides the opportunity to keep away from the traffic. The recent spell of lovely weather has made working outside a real pleasure although recently it has been a little to warm to be Strimming in full waterproofs to guard against burns from Hogweed sap, as many passing walkers have commented! To find out more about PAROW’s projects and opportunities to get involved, please contact me. Either e-mail at parow@btconnect.com or telephone 01736 811124 and leave a message. Further information and walking ideas are available on our web site, which is soon to be updated, at parow.org.uk Chris Fry Paths Officer

8th June 2010
PAROW (Penwith Access and Rights of Way) 8th June 2010 Chris Fry PAROW Paths Officer writes – Despite a lack of regular articles in ‘Down Your Way’, PAROW has still been hard at work trying to improving Penwith’s Rights of Way and its many Ancient Sites. PAROW was lucky to secure further funding in March from the West Cornwall Local Action Group and this will enable us to continue to look after the improvements PAROW has achieved over the last six years but will also help us to improve access to, and the presentation of, Penwith’s many remarkable Ancient and Historic sites. We spent a lot of last winter clearing Gorse and Bracken on Caer Bran Hill Fort, which is close to Sancreed Beacon, and now that the spring is here our efforts have been rewarded. The areas previously cleared are now a carpet of Blue Bells, Campions, Foxgloves and wild grasses and look lovely, while the recently cleared areas are creating more work with the re-emergence of yet more bracken! The site is well worth a visit as the remains of the Iron Age Earth Works are now clearly visible and the hill top provides panoramic views in every direction. Another task that PAROW is again carrying out this year is the necessary maintenance work at Lescudjack Hill fort in Penzance. With regular cutting and litter picking of the site necessary to keep it in good order, the site is now well used by the local community and also provides the venue for the Mid Winter Montol celebrations. To find out more about PAROW’s projects and opportunities to get involved, please contact me. Either e-mail at parow@btconnect.com or telephone 01736 811124 and leave a message. Further information and walking ideas are available on our web site, which is soon to be updated, at parow.org.uk Chris Fry Paths Officer PAROW