5th April 2018
Weather: Sunny until early afternoon, when more cloud arrived with a cooler breeze.
A long day with many climbs and descents. The mud drying out in sunshine, but still lurking in sheltered spots.
Shortly on regaining the coast path next to sheer cliffs at Pentargon
I saw a man with a telephoto lens, and heard a shriek. I correctly inferred Peregrine falcons, and he pointed one out sitting only some 15m away. He said they were nesting two weeks late because of the cold.
Beeny Cliff followed with a 110m drop & 50m climb.
Followed shortly by another drop and climb
It rather went on in this manner. Here’s the view before Rusey Cliff, looking at the Daddy of the day High Cliff (180m ascent)
More, unavoidable, sucking mud
I continued greeting passers by with “Have you learned to love the mud yet?” One elicited a conversation with a local woman who regularly walked the coastal path. She had met the people who did Barney’s walk in 2015, ” A lovely couple”.
Before the headland of Cam Beak, with its spectacular rock layers
The beach before Crackington Haven also displaying these layers
A 45 minute break for Cornish pastie and garnish, with peppermint tea (breezy!) then it was a big up & down to then overlook Cleave Strand
Some violets along the path
Then down & up to Castle Point
Before looking at the ascent of Long Cliff
This abandoned Trig point at Dizzard
It was a short distance to Millock and a cliff with multiply-folded rock layers.
Next was Widemouth Bay. Looking North on approaching
Then looking South, from the other end at Lower Longbeak
Looking North towards Bude, the next bay includes a pinnacled rock on the beach
By now it’s well past 5pm, and the legs are saying “rest time matey”.
Well I promised them a day’s rest if they got me to Bude. By 7pm they were still at the task
Finally Bude Haven
Hotel booked for 2 nights, which supposedly means a lot of lying in bed on Friday, to make up for this ludicrously long day with huge total ascent