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Holiday-maker shoots film inspired by walks on Lizard coastal path

By West Briton  |  Posted: February 20, 2014

By Chris Matthews

  • David Skentelberry on one of his walks.

  • Cadgwith Cove is among Cheshire visitor David Skentelberry's favourite places in Cornwall.

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THE majestic scenery of the Lizard peninsula has inspired one regular holidaymaker to shoot a film of the coastal path.

David Skentelberry and his wife Patricia have been enjoying twice-yearly visits to Coverack and were immediately charmed by the popular walking trails around the area.

The 76-year-old journalist has created a half-hour video of life on the peninsula, called Lizard Love Story.

It was shot over a period of five years and shows many of the fishing villages, coves, beaches and cliff-top walks.

It also features footage of a Navy search and rescue helicopter and a distant view of the spectacular tall ships on their way from Falmouth.

He said: "I'm worried that people might be put off from visiting Cornwall by seeing all this bad weather on television.

"We have been in Cornwall ourselves when other people have been put off by the weather and know that it is never as bad as it looks from afar – when the weather is good, there's no better place in the world.

"I hope the film will encourage people to visit the county and although I'm no Steven Spielberg, the film does show some of the beauty of the coastline and some of its more unusual features."

Mr Skentelberry, who lives in Cheshire, spent more than five months putting the footage together.

He says he has seen an improvement in his computer editing skills as a result.

"I would say my favourite places around the area are Coverack and Cadgwith, but it is fair to say that I've fallen in love with the area in general," he said.

"My family are from Looe and Polperro, but since we started staying in Coverack we've only ever visited Looe and Polperro for day trips. Cadgwith is a very beautiful village with its thatched cottages."

Mr Skentelberry was also impressed by Terence Coventry Sculpture Park located just outside Coverack, and shared a walk with Mr Coventry and his dogs.

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