4th April 2018
Weather: Sunny at first, but grey overcast most of the day. Cooled substantially when I reached the misty/foggy bits. A couple of wet squalls from 5pm
With many thanks to Alan & Carole for their wine, food, convivial chat, showers, bed for the last 2 nights. Not forgetting the washing & hearty meals, particularly the breakfast porridge. Skipper joined us for the group photo on the day of A&C’s wedding anniversary.
Carole drove me back to Port Isaac. The walk resuming with this view all along the coast to Tintagel Head.
In brief: the route had many ups & downs and today’s most overused words were “f**ing mud”
The cliff views were ‘wild Atlantic coast’, with sea-foam snaking across a calm-looking sea, yet still crashing on rocks.
Once close enough to see cliff-nesting birds.
The outstanding features were:
Dannon Chapel – remains of a building on an island, probably invisible from sea and mainland.
A 110m descent and 150m ascent before Tregardock Cliff & beach
Tottering newborn lambs in the fields (a bit of a cold introduction to life for them)
This feature (forget name)
Then suddenly lots of people on Trebarwith Sand, and a fierce stepped-descent.
The spectacular columns that are the remnants of slate-quarrying.
I finally reached a very windy Tintagel Head.
Tempting as it was to stop for the night with a 4pm arrival in Tintagel, I pushed on to Boscastle, but the ups & downs, including Bossiney Haven,
and the interminable mud,
made the going slow. I started the day with a nagging right tendon, and forced myself to keep a slow steady pace not to antagonise it. “A marathon not a sprint”, and I calculated that I could afford to rest after every 6th day and still finish by 30th June. So a 9 hour day. Collected my parcel from Boscastle YH at 7pm,
but with no vacancies, around corner to the only person in the B&B tonight.