The Choughly Saint's HALO Cache Series
It’s based on parts of “The Saints Way”, a circuit of some 22 miles, taking in coastline, moorland, a tor and a selection of delightful towns and villages - with many spots to stop for tea or if you’re that way inclined there’s a lovely selection of fine Cornish Pubs on the way round.
|Cache Name||HALO - St Piran|
Large cache with plenty of room for the larger TBs.
It's a bit of a tight squeeze.
When placed originally stocked with:
4 copies Cornish Saints
1 copy A Chattering of Choughs
1 Cornish flag
+ other sundry cornish items.
Please try to leave something cornish in return for swaps.
There are 2 trackables for discovery only - please do not remove St Piran Geocoin or St Piran GeoKret trackables.
Also known as
Piran’s family origins are obscure; tradition says he came from Ireland. Spent his youth in south Wales where he founded a church in Cardiff. Received religious schooling at the monastery of Saint Cadog at Llancarfon, where he met Saint Finnian of Clonard. The two returned together to Ireland where Finnian founded six monasteries, including his most famous one at Clonard. Piran lived there before Saint Enda on Aran Island, and then Saint Senan on Scattery Island. He founded his own community at Clonmacnoise, “Ireland’s University”.
Cornish legend says Piran was captured in his old age by pagan Irish, jealous of his miraculous powers, especially his ability to heal. They tied a millstone around his neck, and threw him off a cliff into the sea during a storm. As Piran hit the water the storm abated and the millstone bobbed to the surface like a cork. On his stone raft, Piran sailed for Cornwall, landed at Perran Beach, built a small chapel on Penhale Sands, and made his first converts – a badger, a fox, and a bear. He lived there for years as a hermit, working miracles for the locals.
Piran founded churches at Perran-Uthno and Perran-Arworthal, a chapel at Tintagel, and a holy-well called the “Venton-Barren” at Probus. He made trips to Brittany where he worked with Saint Cai. Arthurian tradition from Geoffrey of Monmouth says he was chaplain to King Arthur, and Archbishop of York after Saint Samson was exiled by Saxon invasions, though it is doubtful he ever took up his See.
Piran’s patronage of Cornwall derives from his popularity with the Cornishtin-miners. Legend says that Piran discovered tin in Cornwall when he used a large black rock to build a fireplace, and found that the heat made a trickle of pure white metal ooze from the stone. He shared this discovery with the locals, providing the Cornish with a lucrative living. The people were so delighted that they held a sumptuous feast where the wine flowed like water. Piran was fond of the odd tipple, resulting in the Cornish phrase “As drunk as a Perraner”. The trickled of white metal upon a black background remains as the White Cross of Saint Piran on the Cornish National flag.
Piran died at his little hermitage near the beach. His relics were a great draw to pilgrims but, due to inundation by the sands, they were moved inland to the parish church of Perran-Zabulo, built to house them.
|Parking & Shops||There is nearby, limited, parking at the beginning of the footpath near St Dominic geocache [GC393TY]. Room for one, maybe two cars. Please do not block farm entrance.|
You'll find a selection of useful hints and tips, as well as a printable User Guide and a HALO series Passport for collecting copies of the Rubber stamps you'll find on the way round at The Choughly Saint's Webpages Here.
There's a special HALO Forum if you wish to ask for any help or advice Here
|Lucky Chough Contest||
If you're lucky enough to find a small, lovingly handcrafted chough in any of the caches, then you could be lucky enough to win one of a very limited number of the 2008 Cornish Geocoin in an Antique Bronze finish. Just Email Choughly, and you'll be entered into his lucky draw to win the coin.
|General HALO Information||
This cache is part of a 21 Mile circuit, placed by a number of Cornish Cachers.
There are 14 Caches as part of the series that may contain Rubber stamps that you can use to record your visit. If you'd like to do this you'll need to carry your own stamp Pad.
There's a GeoPost Office as one of the caches - if you wish to send a postcard then you'll need to carry a Royal Mail stamp with you.