Golitha Falls by Ruth Tremayne Harry

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Golitha Falls

An autumn walk to cherish
The colours inspire awe
The River Fowey is flowing
Like you’ve never seen before

Draynes Wood is the beginning
As the paths wind through the trees
Where roots form stepping stones
And moss and lichen frame the leaves

You hear the rapids singing
As you skirt the river’s edge
The wildlife all around you
Even sheep beyond the hedge

A dense and wooded pathway
Get’s you closer to the Falls
With a steep and craggy hillside
And rocky undulating walls

Known for its woodland flora
A national treasure to be sure
With bluebells in the springtime
It’s a gem on Bodmin Moor

The roar of falling water
Is just resounding in your ears
With birdsong in the background
Your destination nears

At Draynes Bridge you’ll find refreshments
A smokehouse barbecue no less
Once your scenic hike is over
Relax, enjoy a well-earned rest

Photos: Terry Harry


Ruth Tremayne Harry

Ruth was born in Quintrell Downs to Hugh and Edna Tremayne and believes her poetry stems from her love of music lyrics and the Methodist hymns from her childhood when her father was the organist at Kestle Mill and Quintrell Downs Methodist Chapels. Her writing in rhymed couplets was further developed during her many years in creative writing groups in New York City. One of her poems about a Cornish childhood was written for the Toronto Cornish Association and sent by her brother-in-law to cornwallyesteryear.com a newly created website in 2020. This re-connected Ruth and Terry Harry who had worked together at Barclays Bank Trust Company in Truro during the late 1960s. Reunited when Ruth visited for a holiday in 2020, they married in 2021 and now make their home in St Day. Her poetry is currently inspired by her homecoming to Cornwall and is enhanced by Terry’s photography and posted to the website. They have jointly published a book entitled A Cornish Homecoming.


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