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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!

A gull at St Ives
Waves at Nanjizal Bay, just south of Land's End
Waves on a reef off Godrevy Point, east of Hayle

Waves and tides are continually on the move
but Cornwall is made of solid granite rocks.

Wave-washed rocks near Gurnard's Head on the north coast of West Penwith
A storm hits land at Marazion, near Penzance
Stillness in the waves on Christmas Day at Porthtowan
Cornwall is Britain's surfing capital. These surfers are at Gwithian near Hayle.
A dramatic wintertime super-storm at Porthleven

If you like to watch crashing waves
and get a sense of wide-open space
this is a great place to be

The power and the glory - Porthleven
Longships lighthouse, off Land's End
The lighthouse at Godrevy Point, east of Hayle

The rocky coast surrounding Cornwall is dramatic,
filled with nooks and crannies populated by seabirds and seals

Local residents at Godrevy - a tribe of seals, sleeping while the tide is low
Pendeen lighthouse in the northwest of West Penwith - with foghorn!
Nanjizal Bay, a magic bay south of Land's End
Seals at Godrevy, demonstrating the virtues of complete relaxation
Lighthouse off Godrevy Point, as seen by telephoto from Trencrom Hill

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)

And now for something completely different - Merry Maidens stone circle
Part of Merry Maidens stone circle
Boscawen-un stone circle - one of the few completely intact stone circles in Britain. The leaning stone is deliberate - in a sense a guyrope tent-peg for the energy-system of Britain

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'.

Boscawen-un stone circle
Carn Euny, an iron age ancient British village from 2,000 years ago
A classic Cornish historic scene - Chun Quoit from 4,000 years ago, a tin mine from over a century ago and Morvah church, several centuries old
Chun Quoit, above Morvah in West Penwith
Men an Tol, a totally unique ancient site in the centre of Penwith
Men an Tol - climbing through the hole is said to bring healing or rebirth
Men an Tol - the masculine and feminine united, though the feminine has two mates!
Nine Maidens stone circle, above Men an Tol
Nine Maidens stone circle, with Carn Galver behind
Tregeseal stone circle, looking up at Carn Kenidjak
Tregeseal stone circle near St Just, as seen from Carn Kenidjak
A hidden fogou at Pendeen - it's great sitting inside!
Tregeseal stone circle
Zennor Quoit
An old Celtic oratory at Cape Cornwall, 1,500 years old
An old Celtic cross at Porthcurno

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.

Tin mine near Botallack
The Brisons, off Cape Cornwall - home to hundreds of seabirds. Often thought of as Gen de Gaulle snoozing
Cape Cornwall near St Just - in a sense this is the true Land's End, not the theme-park monstrosity down the road
Tin mine near Botallack
Gurnards Head, between Zennor and Morvah, an old tribal stronghold
Amazing granite rock formations at Carn Boel, south of Land's End
Gull fly-past at Carn les Boel, south of Land's End
Carn Boel, south of Land's End. Gwennap Head behind.

And bays, caves and impressive headlands
some of which are
traditional sacred places in themselves
(or the haunts of smugglers in times past!)

Carn Boel, with Longships behind
Carn les Boel - a very special headland and ancient site at the end of the Michael line
Cave at Nanjizal Bay
Rock formations near Carn les Boel
Carn les Boel - headland of the court of the rock-beings
Carn les Boel - the entrance stone
The Scilly Isles, as seen from Carn les Boel
The Scilly Isles from St Just

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

St Michael's Mount in Mounts Bay, near Penzance
Looking up at the castle on St Michael's Mount
St Michael's Mount in a storm
St Michael's Mount from Cudden Point - Penzance behind
The top of Trencrom Hill, an ancient hilltop settlement from the days when everywhere was forest and people sought some space and a view

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)

Trencrom Hill from Castle an Dinas. Carn Brea above Redruth is behind
Trencrom Hill from Marazion
Trencrom Hill from Porthtowan
The view over Hayle beach, Gwithian and Godrevy Point from Trencrom Hill
The summer solstice setting sun as seen from Trencrom Hill - classic.
The ancient well on top of Trencrom Hill - a hilltop settlement 2,000 years ago
Godrevy Point lighthouse from Trencrom Hill
Tregonning Hill as seen from Trencrom Hill
Higher Hill Wood, below Trencrom Hill
Higher Hill Wood
Higher Hill Wood
Stream at Lamorna
Treen and Gwella, two gulls who live on the roof of a friend of mine
Another gull in meditation
Gull in meditation
Heading toward Wales

So perhaps you can now see why West Cornwall
invokes great love and inspiration
in people who come here and live here

Kittiwakes at home near Cape Cornwall

...and this is where
the Parallel Community
was born!

Zennor - the path goes ever on and on...
Rocks resisting waves at Penberth
Near Prussia Cove

All photos on this page are by Palden Jenkins

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