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Walking in du Maurier's footsteps
Tywardreath Marshes
The Tywardreath Marshes feature in The House on the Strand

Daphne du Maurier loved Cornwall. Scenery she had enjoyed would often feature in her famous novels.

One of those was The House on the Strand, which features views from in and around the village of Tywardreath near Fowey.

The lead character is called Dick. He agrees to trial a new drug in the book.

First published in 1969 The House on the Strand is one of du Maurier's later works.

Daphne du Maurier takes in the views of coastal Cornwall
Daphne du Maurier loved the beauty of Cornwall

The narrator, Dick Young, has been offered the use of Kilmarth, the house of his biophysicist friend Magnus Lane, in Cornwall. He also agrees to act as a guinea-pig for a drug Magnus has developed.

Dick discovers he is able to travel back in time to see the Cornish landscape as it was during the early 14th century.

As part of the du Maurier Festival, a series of walks are carried out by Dawn Vivian and her team of Blue Badge Guides. The walks have been a regular part of the festival for several years.

One of the treks is called The House of the Strand walk. It takes in the church, the views, the marshes and other places Dick Young experienced in the book.

BBC Cornwall's Matt Shepherd joined Blue Badge Guide Dawn Vivian for a walk around the du Maurier countryside. You can hear the full series on Tim Hubbard's Breakfast Show from Saturday 24 April.

Click on the audio link to hear highlights from the House on the Strand walk.

The famous book is set in and around Kilmarth. Daphne was living there at the time she wrote The House on the Strand. The village Tywardreath means House on the Strand in Cornish.

Standing in fields above the village you can enjoy coastal views of St Austell Bay. Turning away to face inland you can witness the contrasting Cornish countryside; to your left the China Clay remains at Carluddon, to your right the beauty of Luxulyan Valley. It's views that Cornwall's famous author no doubt enjoy, offering her inspiration for her many books.

The House on the Strand combines elements of time-travel", a tragic love-affair in 14th century Cornwall, and the dangers of using mind-altering drugs.

The story was du Maurier's penultimate novel. She wrote one more, Rule Britannia in 1972. The writer then concentrated on short stories and non-fiction, enjoying further success.

Daphne du Maurier died 21 years ago, on 19 April 1989.


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