Wednesday, 12 September 2007

St Mawgan-in-Pydar wins again

St Mawgan-in-Pydar, a lovely name for a lovely Cornish village. It is tucked away just inland from Mawgan Porth which in turn is just up the coast from Newquay. When you are there it is difficult to believe that Newquay Airport is barely a mile up the hill to the south. So what has the village won (again)?

Each year the Cornwall Branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) organises a competition for the best kept village in the county and a panel from the Cornwall Federation of Womens Institutes does the judging. Last year St Mawgan-in-Pydar won, this year they repeated that success. So congratulations to them.

A few years ago I followed a route in Bob Acton's 'Around Newquay' walks book which took one from St Columb Major, through The Vale of Lanherne and St Mawgan-in-Pydar, then on to Mawgan Porth before returning to St Columb with some variation from the outward bound walk. It was about ten miles but is worth doing again.

Although the coastal villages and towns have become the honeypots - think Polperro or Padstow, Mevagissey or St Ives for example - there are many superb little settlements in the hinterland behind the coast.

Other awards in this year's competition were 2nd Veryan 3rd Altarnun 4th St Neot Highly commended: Portloe, St Tudy, Lanreath, Boscastle.

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