Goonhilly Downs is special a place that is close to my heart for many reasons, it was where I worked at the Earth Satellite Station and eventually met my husband nearly forty years ago. It is also a place that you can wander and all the stresses and strains of life just melt away. It is a unique location that the very rare Cornish Heath, the English common name of this heather is Cornish heath because its area of native occurrence in Britain is on the Lizard Peninsula in Cornwall.
The autumness of this sunny Sunday morn just takes your breath away. The open horizons and relative height of Goonhilly when compared to the rest of the Lizard have drawn generations upon generations of people here, from the Early Bronze Age to World War Two, and right up to the modern day. The evidence these people left behind them turns the Downs into a treasure trove of history and archaeology to enjoy at any time of the year. Early Bronze Age barrows, old trackways, a deserted croft ( which will be another story) and an abandoned wartime radar station are hidden away in the heathland landscape, all under the watchful eye of ‘Arthur’, one of the now defunct satellite dishes built in the 1960s as part of British Telecom’s Satellite Earth Station.
Here’s ARTHUR :