Bodmin Moor

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I’ve been to Cornwall today.  My wife had some work there and I went along as passenger and companion.

I know the county well but am always struck by its unusual qualities.  It feels a more ancient land than other parts of England, as though it was trodden by feet long, long ago.

On the way down we saw a copse of trees fringing the top of a hill.  They were obviously not that old but the way they were planted in a ring around an empty space gave them the look of some ancestral place of worship, perhaps a temple, perhaps a burial place.

The uplands of Cornwall are bleak and mysterious.  We crossed Bodmin Moor which always looks as though it is cloaking secrets to its chest.  Stranger beware.  In the middle of it is Dozmary Pool.  I love to visit it and always keep my eye open for an arm rising above the lake brandishing Excalibur as if to say, ‘See it is all real, after all.’



About Martin Lake

Martin Lake lives in the French Riviera with his wife. After studying at the University of East Anglia he worked as a teacher, trainer and company director. A serious accident shattered his arm and meant that he had to rein back his work. He decided to concentrate on writing and is now writing full-time. He writes a wide range of fiction. His main interests are historical fiction, short stories and fiction for young adults. Martin has a series of novels 'The Lost King' which are set in the years following the Norman Invasion of England. They concern Edgar Atheling, last representative of the ancient English royal dynasty and his fight to regain the throne from William the Conqueror. Martin has also published 'Artful' the further adventures of the Dodger and 'Outcasts' a novel about fall of the Crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem. His latest novel, 'A Love Most Dangerous' is about a maid of honour who becomes the lover of Henry VIII. Martin’s work has been broadcast on radio. He won first prize in the Kenneth Grahame Society competition to write a story based on 'The Wind in the Willows.' You can get the collection, 'The Wind in the Willows Short Stories' from Amazon.
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