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Chrissie Le Marchant

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I love meeting people and awakening their interest in all the folklore and traditions of the local area as well as the landscape and current affairs.

Whether it is enabling discovery of the fascinating industrial heritage that is the World Heritage of Cornish Mining - visiting Poldark and Doc Martin Country, or telling stories of Giants or ancient Kings, it is always fun to encourage people to explore the landscape of the West Country, in the South West of England. Although the same country, the Far south west is a different land from the industrial north or the bustle that is the capital city. Easy to get to by train, road or air I can advise on best routes and venues.

In the year when we celebrate 100 years of women sitting as Members of Parliament, Plymouth's MP, Nancy Astor, member for 25 years will have a statue erected on Plymouth Hoe to commemorate her being the first woman to take her seat in the House of Commons...

Plus, looking forward to the commemoration of the sailing of the Mayflower 400 years ago in 1620, 2020 promises to be an exciting year for all those visitors who would like to learn more about the Saints and Strangers who were the pioneers of emigration.

'Chrissie, you are the gift that keeps on giving'. Bob Loveland, Georgia Overseas Hiking Group

' The Spark that made the Tour' Senior Discovery Tours

Personal Interests:

Mining Heritage - 6 million descendants of Cornish miners - are you one of them? Have you enjoyed the new Poldark series
Archaeology - the ancient past is all around us and very easy to overlook
Towns and Harbour walks- Plymouth, St Ives, Penzance, Bude, Launceston, Callington, Tintagel, Exeter, Tavistock, Taunton, Bideford, and the mythical Glastonbury
Coast and Moors- From Hartland Point to the Lizard and Land's End, via the Somerset Levels,Dartmoor, Exmoor, Bodmin Moor and of course Kit Hill
Story telling - from Giants via Spriggans to Mermaids, we have them all...
Plymouth - tours of the Royal Citadel on Plymouth Hoe, walks around the Barbican and 90 minute panoramics by coach. I may even be dressed as a pilgrim or a pirate...
Poldark and Doc Martin - iconic Cornish landscapes captured in TV shows

Special Interests:

Castles & Palaces

The walk to Tintagel Castle is one of the most spectacular in the country, similarly making the pilgrimage to St Michaels Mount takes your breath away


An enviable climate and landscape aspects makes West Country gardens unmissable, especially in the spring. Try Hestercombe, Trelissick and others not quite so famous

Geography & Geology

In a previous life, I have worked extensively in Gold Mining, Prospecting & Civil Engineering. I can provide a very comprehensive tour around the Cornwall and West Devon World Heritage Site


I have until recently managed a 152 hectare country park which is predominantly Lowland Heath but also includes protected plant and bird species. There are miles of walks just within and on the Hill

Stately Homes & Country Houses

Unmissable should be Cotehele, Lanhydrock, Pencarrow & Mt. Edgcumbe.


I do railway tours to preserved narrow & standard gauge lines all over the U.K. Including the Great Little Trains of Wales

Walking Tours

I specialise in town and village walks particularly in the Tamar Valley AONB on the Devon Cornwall border, and in the city of Plymouth, famous for the departure of the Mayflower in 1620

Regional Tours

I really enjoy designing themed tours of the West Country and further afield. Let me help make your holiday or visit special

Industrial Heritage

I live in an area which contains 19th C Industrial Mining Heritage remains and organise tours around the Cornish Mining 'World Heritage Site'. The Real Poldark Country

Churches & Cathedrals

We have a wealth of ruggedly solid granite churches in nearly every village, each one telling its own story plus the amazing cathedrals of Truro and Exeter


Cornish Mining, 2012 Venues

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