Posts Tagged 'Cot Valley'

Cath Bull’s brave leap of faith to St Just…

In my quest to show off some of Cornwall’s artistic talent of which there is plenty I stumbled across jeweller Cath Bull from St Just, nr Penzance. A fellow listener to Radio 4 as she drifts off to sleep trying to decipher the shipping forecast and what might be brewing in the Atlantic.

Although not Cornish and only having lived in the county a short time this is the story of one ladies leap of darkness to the west of Cornwall but fingers crossed the future is looking bright…

‘I was not born in Cornwall, Leeds was my birthplace. I have lived in various places in the UK with the last 25 or so in Lancaster. I moved to St Just, near Lands End, October 2010. This was the outcome of being diagnosed with a form of arthritis, and neither the health service or benefits system seemingly being able to cope with the intermittent nature of the illness, with my families help and support decided to move down here. It was a leap in the dark, and after some admittedly shaky moments, the ferocity of the Atlantic storms took me by surprise, Lancaster is relatively sheltered by comparison, and the fierce winter, being practically snowed in, I now feel it was and is a good place to be.

I trained initially as a Goldsmith, gaining a National Association of Goldsmiths Diploma, then went on to gain a BA in jewellery design at Birmingham. I have worked in other areas, bookbinding, production pottery, textiles, graphic design for screen printing, at the point where PC’s were just becoming widely available. For now I have two outlets and am hoping to build on that. One is the Arts and Crafts Gallery in St Just, and the other is Bohemia in Market Jew Street, Penzance. I don’t as yet have a website, but my details can be found on under jewellery, and also

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The jewellery I make has changed. It has become more colourful and freer. Walks on the beaches nearby with my camera have fuelled more ideas that I hope to carry out soon. The round rug is a new departure. It was inspired by walking down the Cot Valley, October just gone, in an unseasonably warm spell. The sea and sky were summer blue tones but the bracken had turned so there were also the rich russets and rusts of autumn. And then the soft glow of lichen on the rocks. I didn’t have my camera with me that day, but when I got home I dug out all the colours and started working on it. This is still a work in progress. The light down here is at first overwhelming, and even on a winters day can be blindingly bright. But being a jeweller I love all things that glisten and gleam. And the granite does just that in the sunlight. I hope I can carry on working and making things for other people to enjoy and feel quite eager to crack on with the ideas that come through living in this incredible landscape.


A place to visit this weekend…

Planning to get out this weekend in this fabulous weather? Want to get away from the crowds and maybe dip your toes in the water?

Mark is a fabulous guide to his home county and since being together I have been taken all across the countryside to places I never knew existed. Often with Mark’s Mum & Dad with Noel (Mark’s Dad) being navigator – Mark’s good but no one knows the back lanes of Cornwall like his Dad.

One time we paid a surprise weekend visit; calling Mum & Dad half way down the M5 to let them know we were on our way! We had one of those idyllic Cornish weekends where the sun shines and the cider flows. We headed to St Just – first make sure you have the right St Just! This is the one north of Lands End not St Just in Roseland ( also a beautiful place…we’ll come back to it another time) In the middle of St Just is a square with a sign to Cape Cornwall.

Cape Cornwall is a tiny place. Worth a walk around and to the top where you will find a monument donated to National Trust by Mr Heinz to commemorate 100 years of producing baked beans!

Anyway back to Cot Valley; 50 yards down the road from St Just to Cape Cornwall take a left and immediate right onto the narrow road signed Cot Valley. This road passes St.Just Primary School and there are speed bumps in the road! Continue on this road to Bosorne and take left branch to Cot Valley.

But the real highlight is Cot Valley. Unlike any other beach or cove in Cornwall that I know of. I couldn’t believe my eyes when we walked along from the car park and I caught sight of the beach. Here’s a few fabulous photo’s taken by Mark to whet your appetite!

Cornwall, West Cornwall, Coast

The photo 2nd up on the right hand side features two very small figures – Noel & Pauline (Mark’s Mum and Dad) this really shows the scale of the boulders…Noel & Pauline are average size in real life!

The photo bottom right shows a famous landmark actually called The Brisons but more popularly known as General De Gaulle in the bath. Take a closer look and I think you’ll see why!

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