Day 02 – Porthleven to Penzance

26th March 2018

Distance: 25km ish. but I can see the GPS track record is anything but precise.

Weather: Cold, sunny & clear start, getting very warm by 11:00. Rain began lightly at 14.30, gradually increasing until continuous on reaching Penzance at 16.00

08:10 start after a tasty & filling Danish breakfast of fullcorn toast, jams, muesli. Paths a little drier than yesterday, but occasional pools of mud to negotiate.

Similar ups & downs, cliffs, coves & beaches as yesterday. Trewavas head notable for it’s dramatic rocky outcrops and mine remnants. Praa sands: another great long beach, with coastal erosion evident with people’s back-garden fences, walls etc dangling above the beach. From one, a fir tree on the beach separated from its mates (in photo!)

A hot chocolate in the beach cafe bar, watching a lone surfer forlornly trying to coax the minor swell into something more exciting.

A few footpath diversions away from crumbling cliff edges-the ground-slumps quite visible in places, the overhangs less obvious.

St Michael’s mount an obvious impressive sight gradually getting closer.

Feeling good, just hoping that the forecast rain is a little less than accurate.

Leaving Porthleven – these houses were splendid in full sun yesterday evening.

From Tremearne Par looking towards Trewavas.

Trewavas Head mines

View Eastwards from Trewavas Head

I am not usually impressed by supposed faces in rocks, but this was a good ‘un

Praa sands (tree on beach)

Part of a cluster of large buildings past Kenneggy beach

Prussia Cove

A strong smell of brassicas along the path for miles. Mostly small, probably cultivated escapes, then these monsters.

Today’s guest ‘cake’

They have been washed twice already today (in streams & rivers)

From Boat Cove, just before Trenow Cove

A little disconcerting for the Coast Path suddenly to dump you onto the beach (near crumbling cliff)

Penzance ahead, after a long, exposed stretch in the rain.

Tonight’s bed reached


Elderly Thai lady, bent over holding onto fence or walking stick. Looking at the sunrise. Outside a house with a large fish sculpture. I said ” good morning” & received a, presumably equivalent, greeting in another language.

After the hot cross bun stop, walked along talking to a chap out for a short walk. He loves the NW of Scotland, talked about Suilven & his brother wanting to climb it again this year for his 50th birthday.

Hostel very full of families. Spoke to a Hong Kong exchange student exploring this area.

Author: Walklizard

May your feet stay dry as you walk through the bog. May your face be unblemished as you walk in the sunshine.

2 thoughts on “Day 02 – Porthleven to Penzance”

  1. Great scenery Cary, the more I think about what you are doing the more impressed I am and admiration I have. See you round the next corner!


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