Helston Flora Day 2018 was a brilliant, colourful affair. I'd like to say the day started off bright and sunny, but it dawned grey and dull. Never mind, the day...
For a great day out in west Cornwall, what better than to visit Pengersick Castle and Praa Sands. I went to look around Pengersick Castle grounds today, while on a walk in the Praa Sands area, and the gardens have now been extensively restored. It was a sunny but windy day and the gardens were a delight and very sheltered. I would also like to go inside the castle itself but this has to be arranged in advance, so that is a good excuse for another visit to Pengersick Castle and Praa Sands.
Pengersick Castle, #Praa Sands is one of the most haunted buildings in Cornwall and was built by the Pengersick family in the 12th Century. The site, however, is more ancient and dates back to the Bronze Age. The Pengersick family were notorious in Cornwall and there are reputed to be over 20 ghosts that haunt the castle. One of the ghosts, said to be that of a 13 year old girl, haunts the battlements after supposedly having been blown over by a fierce wind while dancing. On certain nights during the year, ghost evenings are held at the castle and usually run from 9pm until 3am.
#Pengersick Castle and grounds are now in the hands of trustees, who are renovating and restoring the site and gardens. Groups can book a daytime tour by calling in advance.
Praa Sands is a lovely stretch of beach on the south coast of west #Cornwall. In the summer, there is a lifeguard on duty and also a surf school where surfing lessons can be booked and equipment hired. At one end of the beach where the car parks are located, there is also a bar and a snack bar for refreshments. Our of season, it is a lovely beach to walk along, especially at low tide.