Get gazing!

You might think this is a rustic sun lounger. But in fact it is a cloud bench, a very comfortable spot to watch the clouds sailing by!

You might think this is a rustic sun lounger. But in fact it is a cloud bench, a very comfortable spot to watch the clouds sailing by!

Fresh from a workshop in rural Somerset, a couple of new pieces of sculpture/ countryside furniture have now appeared in a small glade within the clifftop scrub at Carnewas near Bedruthan Steps.

Carefully crafted from oak by Somerset based artist Michael Fairfax and carved with cloud names and star asterisms (often mistakenly called constellations!) these are the perfect place to recline and gaze up at the sky above us, something we often don’t give enough time to.

As part of our Coast festival celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Neptune Campaign, the National Trust in North Cornwall has commissioned these cloud and star benches to encourage people to engage with our amazing surroundings. Not only do we have amazing views of the sea and coastline here in North Cornwall, but with little blocking out the sky we also have uninterrupted views of the towering cloudscapes during the day as well as the awe inspiring night sky.

Make sure you get down to Carnewas and find ‘the sky glade’ amongst the scrub, not very far at all from the gift shop. Take 10 minutes to lay back and enjoy the view upwards! Please do watch out for adders and take a good torch if you visit after dark.

Have a look at Michael Fairfax’s webpage here (http://www.michaelfairfax.co.uk/) to see what else he has been up to.

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