~~Windmills and Waterwheels.
13 members gathered just north of Falmouth and wondered what the day would have in store. Just the night before, the storm called Bertha raged through Cornwall and headed up towards the south east of England. I think we were lucky to just catch the tail end and not the full force of the bad weather.
The Sunday morning forecast said that the day would be brightening and just the slightest chance of a shower – but very windy. It was correct. We all enjoyed a great ramble led by Simon and Steve – totally high and dry if a little wind blasted.
We walked under wind turbines – a first for many of us and marveled at their silent ability to provide clean power.
A collection of footpaths and bridal ways brought us to the ancient waterwheels in the Kennel Valley. Here was power of a different kind: giant water wheels would have provided the energy to work stamps and crushers. Sadly this site of industrial archeology had lost its water wheels but leats gushed gallons of water into the stream. This was a perfect place for our packed lunches full of atmosphere and interest.
The homeward stretch took us to the home of the walk leaders where very welcome cups of tea and coffee were served with a tremendous selection of homemade cakes. Scrumptious.