Barefoot Godolphin

Adults and kids alike shunned shoes for the barefoot trail at Godolphin this May half term. We visited with Grandparents, cousins and Auntie and Uncle and had a great day out.

Godolphin is a National Trust property in west Cornwall. The history of the estate is thought to date back to the bronze age. From the 15th Century onward mining on the estate brought great riches to Sidney Godolphin, First Earl of Godolphin, and his family.

Subsequently, much improvement work was carried out on the estate. The hill and many fields were given over to a deer park and warren, major roads and minor tracks were diverted, the house was rebuilt and an ambitious garden laid out.

National Trust website

The Tudor/Stuart house is open on selected weeks/days and guided tours are available, check the website. The gardens and estate are open year round.There is a very nice looking tea room in a converted piggery serving delicious cakes and drinks.

We were given the National Trust 50 Things to do before you’re 113/4 when we arrived and had opportunity to tick a few off today; make a mud pie in the mud kitchen; go on a barefoot walk; climb a huge hill, hunt for bugs.

For the barefoot walk we followed the trail across flat stones, gravel, grass, woodland paths, wood chippings, pine cones, squelchy black mud, tree stumps, wooden paths, sand, and maybe some others I’ve forgotten. It was certainly a physical way of getting in touch with nature. We talked about the different foot strike when walking barefoot or with shoes.

Some of the party walked up Godolphin Hill and reported fabulous views from the top. It’s a 20 minute walk or so to the top. For Youngest it would have been ‘a step too far’ let’s say so we lounged about on the grass in the sunshine.


So, are you up for the barefoot challenge?

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