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
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.