Cornwall will see a rare partial solar eclipse tomorrow the 20th of March at approximately 9.24 – just in time for breakfast. The next one will not be for a decade so maybe it is worth planning to find a special spot to watch it if you can. Here’s just a couple of suggestions a great vantage points tonight and a lasting memory of the total eclipse in 1999.
A couple of great places to watch the eclipse from in West Cornwall
The National Trust’s Godolphin hill, a couple of miles east of here, would be a great place with a vantage point that takes in a whole sweep of Cornwall. We stood on the top on the day we climbed it and spun around to see the island at St Ives on one side and the top of St Michael’s Mount on the other with of course, Carn Brea near Camborne in the far distance. Quite spectacular!
With the eclipse will come a super moon bringing a particularly low tide – maybe try the cliffs around the Levant Beam engine on the north coast for a nostalgic spot, full of the history of Cornwall’s wild rugged past.For this coast my favorite spot would be would be from Cudden point, a miles walk along the coast footpath from Perranuthnoe and site of an Iron Age hill fort. The view from here will stretch across Mounts Bay to the Lizard to the east and back beyond St Michael’s Mount to the west.
1999 a special day with a total eclipse and a party!
I remember the last eclipse in Cornwall – we held a party on the lawn for family and our house guests with a buffet lunch and watched the world grow still and quiet. The thing that I remember the most was the panic struck behaviour of the birds wheeling and shrieking above us as they were caught far from their usual roost.
Looking back now I can still picture the family members that have gone, sitting in the garden for that very special event. So tomorrow will bring back a few memories and perhaps make some new ones. In fact I think there may still be some eclipse glasses in the garden room – must look!
Have a wonderful day if you manage to watch it – I think i might just skip the breakfast clearing for a minute or two…….. just for once!
How was the solar eclipse?
We spent the morning in an odd hinterland of dawn. with the early morning dew hanging on late into the chill of the day. It was more of a primeval experience of the strange chill with solid cold shadows still cast by the sun but not quite right for the hour of the day. There feeling that something was very strange that could nearly make the hairs on the back o you neck stand on end. An experience as old as man himself who must have felt that same tremor as the light faded
……..but my attempts to take photos – sorry a dismal failiure!