Despite photographing in Cornwall for a number of years now, I only heard about Kennall Vale a couple of months ago.
It sounded like an interesting place, so I decided to pay a visit now the autumn colours are taking off.
OMG. The place is simply UNBELIVABLE.
(and to get the full effect I was trying to convey, 'unbelievable' should be in big flashing text 10 meters high, and shouted out by Brian Blessed at full volume. I'll ask Pete to put that feature in).
The building is a derelict Gunpower Mill, one of 7 on the site, and part of a large gunpowder works complex spread throughout this steep and remote valley. The water wheel is gone, but in V2, you can see the water running down where the wheel once was.
As you arrive at Kennall, the first thing you notice is the lush woodland. Then you notice the river rushing over a series of small waterfalls. Then you find the derelict mills, and you think you have the measure of the place. But follow the path over the river and behind the mill, you discover an incredibly complex system of leets which drove the mills.
As a place, I have not been quite so blown away for a very long time. Hope my photographs do it justice