25th March 2018
Weather: Sunshine all day. Cold breeze until midday.
Distance: 28km, apparently. But that’s what you get for running up every promontory & headland.
Terrain: Easy coastal path (ie: up & down a lot, but no problems), very muddy in places and with surface water first half of day.
A fabulous start. Set off 07.50. Lizard Point doesn’t come with a signpost, but I got as close to the official coordinates spot as safety dictated a few minutes later.
Clear air, views for miles along the coast to St Michael’s mount & Penzance. Lots of rocky headlands, cliffs &, once the tide had receded, beaches.
Toasted ciabatta on Poldhu beach at 1.30. Lots of surfers & families out, but I met no one before 11.
Church Cove- a church tucked in behind a rock. Artisan stonemason at work in the 1850s, graffiti & carved rafters inside.
Approaching Gunwalloe Cove & anticipating walking the beach of Porthleven sands as a more attractive option than climbing up yet another cliff path, I checked the tide tables online (pause to marvel at the existence of the ability to do this) to find low tide was 5.30, so safe. The waves did still wash in close to the beautifully banded rocks … fun!
The disappointment of the day was the diversion at Loe Bar. I had been forewarned yesterday, but the website said “adds 3/4 mile to the route”. I would say 2 miles, and lots of slippery mud.
Porthleven, with its crescent of neatly painted houses above the harbour (not pictured, unfortunately) was reached at 5.15.
People: Met the volunteer wardens on the path after Mullion Cove -stopped for a chat. First Dave, & after photographing the white flower, Richard.
My Airbnb host Lone who recommended two restaurants, both of which, unfortunately were closed on Sundays. Welcoming, concerned the room may be cold- which it wasn’t. Lovely warm duvet