August 21, 2013

Kestle Barton and Helford river

Kestle Barton is set deep in the Lizard countryside, surrounded by rolling hills and ancient woodlands. On a scorching hot day, we headed south and along single track roads towards the collection of converted farm barns.

Tom Cross trained at the Slade and later became principal at Falmouth School of Art. I loved the geometric forms and bold colour combinations in his abstract paintings, produced in the 1960s and 1970s.

From here, we walked across the meadow and into the woodland, following Kestle Barton's circular route along the stream, towards the Helford River.

Set at the edge of the river, Helford is an picture perfect village. Here we found calm waters, idyllic bright white cottages and pretty gardens. It seemed a perfect place to stop for lunch, so we found a shaded table with views of the river below at the Shipwrights Arms.

More from my Cornwall Series:

Godrevy beach
Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens
Padstow vintage rally
Chapel Porth
Kestle Barton and Helford river
Kynance Cove
Sunset: St Ives
Trevone beach


  1. Always love the Helford River, it always seems and looks so perfect.

  2. *sigh* Beautiful photos of a lovely looking place x

  3. When I saw the poppy picture I thought, Beautiful, must comment, then I saw the next one, and the next one, and the ...

    All of your pics are wonderful and take me there in a moment. I especially love the poppies and the roses though!

  4. What beautiful photos, it looks like you had a wonderful day.

    1. thank you! yes it was gorgeous, will definitely be going back there next year! x


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