We have written a few articles where we have enjoyed a day out in Cornwall doing an activity like surfing or visiting a place of interest like the Barbara Hepworth museum. Our latest day out took us to the Flicka Foundation, a donkey sanctuary near Falmouth, followed by lunch at Slice of Cornwall.
Flicka Foundation Donkey Sanctuary
The Flicka Foundation is a sanctuary and haven for mainly rescued donkeys but also some ponies and miniature shetland ponies. It is at Mabe Burnthouse which is a short drive from Falmouth and, if staying in a self-catering cottage in St Ives, the drive takes around 45 minutes. Being a horse owner and lover, visiting the donkeys at the sanctuary was long overdue given I have lived in Cornwall for 14 years. Ross, the other Director of Orange Roofs, was born and raised in St Ives and he had yet to visit so we thought let’s make a day of it and share with others via our Orange Roofs Blog. We couldn’t have chosen a better day weather-wise; the weather in Cornwall in May is usually very lovely, settled and warm and, on the day of our trip, it didn’t disappoint. The Sanctuary is nestled in the middle of the countryside very close to Mabe Burnthouse and above Argal Reservoir (where you can pop in to see Yallah Coffee’s Roastery too!) The countryside is beautiful as you drive through wooded valleys, particularly during May when the hedgerows are full of colourful wild flowers.
The Flicka Foundation was formed in 1995 by a lady called Mary Berryman. It is now run by her daughter and very much keeps the well-being and happiness of these often traumatised donkeys at the heart of the operation. If you can bear reading about their stories, each donkey comes with their arrival in a desperate state to being loved, cared for and nurtured back to health. The very first donkey to arrive at the Flicka Foundation in 2008 was a small donkey called Marybelle. When visiting the sanctuary you can see how much love and dedication goes into the donkeys and ponies and Marybelle’s story is really so touching.
There is plenty of parking at the sanctuary and it is free to enter but a donation is always hugely appreciated! We parked up and were met with the gorgeous sight of three donkeys sunbathing in a paddock opposite.