My fave places: Thomas Thrussell
Thomas Thrussell lives and works deep in the heart of Bodmin Moor, creating large scale metal sculptures, many of which sit in unexpected Cornish locations. So naturally we were curious as to his favourite places in Cornwall - but where shall we go first?
In our recurring series, we invite people who live in, work in, or have connections to Cornwall to share their favourite places.
This month we chatted to Thomas Thrussell, metal sculptor, one half of father/son team Thrussells, artists specialising in high quality organic and heritage sculpture, mostly made from galvanised steel.
Thrussells sculptures can be found in all sorts of places across Cornwall (like this one, above, on the Camel Trail) and the UK (check out this handy map, if you’re curious to see what’s near you – you may recognise their Rook with a Book in Fowey – below).
Currently busy working on a major new piece of permanent public art which will be a 50m diameter classical labyrinth built of Cornish stone hedging at Colliford Lake on Bodmin Moor, we nabbed Thomas on a break from filming for Channel 4’s ‘Devon and Cornwall’ series about the project to quiz him on his favourite Cornish places.
Over to you, Thomas!
Temple Church, Bodmin Moor
Despite being just off the A30, this tucked away little church nestled in a sheltered valley at the heart of Bodmin Moor is a delightful hidden gem that dates back to the time of the Knights Templar.
Maintained in the original victorian style (so no electricity or modern elements) Temple Church was well known for being Cornwall’s ‘Gretna Green’, famous for its runaway marriages and for its links with the Templar history.
We often take the walk across the moor to the church on a sunny afternoon, where the serene surroundings can’t help but create a sense of connection, inspiration and peace.
St Nectan’s Glen, Nr Tintagel
Another hidden corner of Cornwall is the wonderful walk through beautiful ancient woodlands that conceal St Nectan’s Glen. It has a 60 foot waterfall you can visit or stand under if you’re feeling brave and adventurous and have remembered to bring a towel! It’s a great way to connect with the place and ‘recharge’ the inner batteries.
Expect a little bit of a walk (and a climb) – and look out for the small chapel along the route which is a beautiful little place with tiny stained glass windows.
As you climb down the steps to the main waterfall you will be greeted by a magical world of fairies and mysticism. The sound of the waterfalls will draw you closer and the main waterfall will not disappoint if you take the time to sit with it and take in the cool breeze and energy of the place.
The classic wild north coast Cornish harbour of Boscastle is one of our favourites spots to visit. Heading toward the sea (we recommend picking up a pasty to eat as you walk) keep to the left side of the river. When the buildings along the water’s edge stop and give way to a gravel path with a rugged cliff area where the fisherman sort through their nets and traps, climb the steps and you’ll find a wonderful spot to sit and enjoy your pasty overlooking the dramatic Atlantic as the wild sea plays with the cliffs to show off nature’s hypnotic power and beauty.
Rashleigh Inn, Polkerris
Heading this time to the south coast of Cornwall you’ll find the small harbour of Polkerris with a cosy pub filled with character and charm called the Rashleigh Inn. This pub and restaurant is worth visiting year round but in my opinion winter is the best to time to visit. Remember to book a table if you’re eating in but in the darkest days of winter it never gets full.
The pub’s car park is small and sea facing. If you’re lucky enough the sea will be blowing a gale and you will have a dance with the wind to close the car door, which of course is all part of the fun and experience.
Talland Bay, Lansallos
We call the beautiful Talland Bay beach ‘caramel slice’ beach, after the lovely coffee and cake you can find at Talland Beach Café. Perfect for sunny days or even an overcast afternoon by the sea, you can then take a walk along the coast path either toward Polperro or Looe. We love the path to Polperro. It winds its way along the cliff and a through a few fields that provide wonderful sea views.
When you come around a corner you find yourself walking toward the picaresque Polperro harbour. Entering the harbour from the coast path gives a real feeling of discovery and your mind wonders to how the small harbour might have been for the people that lived there many years ago when it was a hub for fishing and fishing net making.
Calstock – Tamar River
This is one of my perfect afternoon walks in Cornwall. Calstock sits on the banks of The Tamar (the river that divides Devon and Cornwall). This small harbour village would seem it is in Devon but is in fact in Cornwall. The harbour is known for the massive train viaduct that arches overhead high above the village and harbour, and makes a lovely afternoon walk to Cotehele and back.
Porthmeor Beach, St Ives
St Ives may be an obvious suggestion for visitors to Cornwall but it is often in the most obvious places that the most magical moments are often overlooked, especially as the view as the sun sets over the sea looking west toward the horizon is spectacular.
The light here is vivid especially in the summer months and the mood feels electric as it connects the land and the sky and all those fortunate enough to enjoy the light show on the beach. It’s the perfect spot for a picnic and to enjoy with good company or in a moment of quiet reflection by yourself.
The sand here is some of the best in Cornwall and the surroundings of the old and new buildings makes you feel hugged and cosy. Tate St Ives is also worth visiting and it is just at the edge of the beach.