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West Cornwall Moors

Carn Kenidjack – West Cornwall Moors

When people think of moorland they often assume it is bland, desolate and featureless. I disagree. There are plenty of features on the West Cornwall moors, let alone the stunning range of colours that come with summer.

This is one of my favourite spots in this area, Carn Kenidjack. It is a weird, naturally formed stack of rocks jutting out of the moorland between Penzance and St Just. Apparently it isn’t just me who’s taken an interest in this spot over the years; there are several megalithic sites around here and lots of local legends surrounding the rock.

This photo was taken on the sort of summer day that I think of when I think summer – strange, because they are pretty few and far between. It was also one of my first shots with a polarising filter. Here it really makes those clouds stand out.

Brown Willy

Brown Willy on Bodmin Moor

The highest and most amusingly named point in Cornwall, Brown Willy. The name is actually derived from the Cornish Bron Wennyly which, rather unamusingly, means “Swallow’s Hill”. Another possibility is it was called Bron Ughella, which means highest hill.
Whatever, the derivation there is a good deal of local interest in having the name changed back to one of these historic forms.

The tor is located on the northern edge of Bodmin Moor and stands at 1,378 feet (420 metres) above sea level. At the summit are two cairns (or rock piles) – folklore claims that an ancient Cornish King is buried under one.