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.