This page shows the area where Parallel Community started. It's West Cornwall, in the far southwest of Britain (bottom-left on the map), the furthest toe of which is called West Penwith.
Cornwall is not really English - it is Kernow, one of the old Celtic realms of Britain, with Wales, Ireland and Brittany just over the water from us.
In one sense it's isolated (5-6 hours from London). In another sense we have four continents over the horizon - almost surrounded as we are by the high seas. But we're on very solid ground, no matter how much the waves crash and the winds blow.
It's memorable for its cliffs, ancient sites and atmosphere, as well as for surfing, seals and cetaceans, fishermen, pirates and tin miners. It's well known as a holiday region and is home to many interesting people who like living right at the end of the road - including yachties, arty types, greenies, former expats and sundry oddbods. It's also rich in wind and wave power and geothermal energy. We have weather too - lots of it!
Waves and tides are continually on the move
but Cornwall is made of solid granite rocks.
If you like to watch crashing waves
and get a sense of wide-open space
this is a great place to be
The rocky coast surrounding Cornwall is dramatic,
filled with nooks and crannies populated by seabirds and seals
West Penwith is rich in Megalithic sacred sites
dating back 4,000-5,000 years.
(In Megalithic times the centre of activity in Britain,
including Cornwall, surrounded the Irish Sea)
Apart from the Orkney Islands at the top end of Britain
it has a greater density of ancient sites
than anywhere else in the isles of Britain.
It's a big 'landscape temple'.
Apart from Megalithic sites, Cornwall also has Celtic crosses,
oratories (hermitages) and traditions of Celtic saints
from about 1,500 years ago,
together with old farming landscapes
and also tin mines of the last few centuries.
And bays, caves and impressive headlands
some of which are
traditional sacred places in themselves
(or the haunts of smugglers in times past!)
Westwards lie the Scilly Isles
and closer to shore we also have
islands such as St Michael's Mount
- itself rich in 2,500 years of history
Trencrom Hill, an ancient hilltop settlement
was a favourite haunt of Hamish and Ba Miller
and the Parallel Community sometimes meets up there
because it's quite a special place
(reputedly once the home of a giant)
So perhaps you can now see why West Cornwall
invokes great love and inspiration
in people who come here and live here
...and this is where
the Parallel Community