Deep in the recesses of Cornwall lies Kennall Vale, a tangle of greenery, waterfalls and long-abandoned factory buildings. They were built in the 19th century and produced gunpowder for the mines that dominated Cornwall at this time – the high humidity was perfect as it reduced the risk of explosions. Now it’s a Cornish jungle.
On a whim, after my friends and I had taken our fill of lunch in Falmouth (just several miles away), we went to explore it…
It was dark and drizzly, the air was saturated, and water ran through every crevice. Ferns and beech trees sprawl up, bathing the surroundings in dappled green hues. Remnants of the factory emerge through the greenery, still largely intact.
The first taster of Kennall Vale (above). We then descended further into the depths…
The greenery and humidity make the vale feel like a rainforest.
As usual, the rain joined our exploration.
A stream runs through the heart of the vale.
The sturdy old buildings pepper the landscape.
Waterfalls cascade through…
… and you can climb all around them.
It feels as though you’re part of a computer game.
The slippery slope down.
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