Day 07 St Agnes to Newquay

31st March 2018

Weather: A brief heavy shower 5 min after setting off. Then sunny spells in a cloudy sky for the rest of the day. Strong NW wind, cold.

St Agnes clearly an old mining centre, although not unique as I spent most of yesterday passing mine shafts covered with iron wigwams.

A novel hazard on the SWCP

I was told a group of motors set off from Exeter last night driving on by-ways. At this point the vehicles have to reverse uphill. Glad to be away.

Looking back before Green Island

This multicoloured cliff around Hanover Cove hints at the metal ores

Cligga head was messy, so here’s Perran Beach/Penhale Sands coming into view

and after a trog through the dunes (I was going to visit the Oratory, but a notice told me it was buried. I could see why: the wind was sand-blasting my face). So here’s the goodbye view

Next up was Hoblyn’s Cove looking out to Penhale Point

and some installation art

In contrast to Perranporth beach, Holywell practically deserted

I cut out an up-and-down at Joke Cove. Only just though: few minutes later and I would have wet my feet on the sea. If only I had heeded the hint.

The big dunes above Crantock beach and the nearness of Newquay

Clearly the tide was coming in, but there were two estuary crossing points for the SWCP indicated on the map.

Helpfully these were signposted too


Which is where you realise that the blue line is “Mean High Water”.

Never mind- the next one will do

Oops mk 2

I do hope the official SWCP guide book points out that neither of these points are usable at High Water on a spring tide. Being Easter weekend, it definitely was (look up calculation defining Easter if you don’t follow). The result was, as my overnight host called it “getting caught on the Gannel”. A double-back and a longer route in total, down recently familiar territory.

A pity, because it had been pretty dry underfoot all day.

Finally the joy of reaching Newquay.

A longer day than anticipated. Yes, I labelled it wrongly. There appears to be no rename feature.

The timings include gear stops, camera stops, but I usually pause the track-recording at food stops.

Author: Walklizard

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

7 thoughts on “Day 07 St Agnes to Newquay”

  1. How did you manage maximum speed 76 km/h? Did you get a bus? Excellent blog. Good photos. I assume you have a lens attachment which causes the vignetting at the corners?


    1. I also wondered at that. Assuming I haven’t fallen off any cliffs & am just imagining things, this must be GPX position glitches. Most obvious when it has me crossing a bay repeatedly (see day08 track shots). I bet it decimates too.


  2. Hiya,Owen told me about your adventure, and im now checking out your posts, fantastic adventure , keep going Sir , amazing stuff so far


  3. Greetings from Grinton!
    Lots of mud up here too – having a final beer in the Buck in Reeth with Jack, Graham & Harvey .
    Enjoying the BLOG.
    Bye for now

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