Sunday 10 July 2011

Walking the Cornwall Coastal Path

 Early on the first day when we totally misjudged how far the walk would be and had to walk 13 miles instead of the planned 9 from Holywell Bay to Trenance . By the end of the day we were absolutely shattered and poor Martin had bad blisters. The reason we misjudged the distance was we were unaware how much the footpath winds in and out along the coast. There are also many occassions when we dropped down to sea level and then had to climb back up to 350ft only to drop down to sea level again half an hour later.

 A Cornish Tin Mine on the route.

 This stretch of beach is over 2 miles long and despite it being a lovely day there was hardly anybody on it.
 One of several Lighthouses on our route
 On Thursday we first of all walked the Camel Trail from Wadebridge to Padstow and then took the ferry from Padstow to Rock and walked for another 3 miles to the small Church called Endonoc where John Betjeman is buried. Martin pays homage to this great poet.
 This seat overlooking the grave of John Betjeman was an ideal place to stop for a break and the views from it were just stunning.
 On Thursday evening we were joined by John's fiancee Sandria and dined very well in Rick Stein's Cafe.
David having a well earned rest after walking along this very difficult footpath on the final day of our walk.

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