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HELL'S MOUTH TO HAYLE Stage 28 (1st October 2008)
Still gale force winds but today lots of sunshine. We caught the bus to by 11.25. The views towards lighthouse and back up the coast were dramatic with crashing white surf and bright blue skies. After the headland the path is close to a car park and road, on the edge of a low cliff before the open every day National Trust cafe at Godrevy Beach appears. The cake quality is exceptional! There follows a stretch through dunes, easy walking on short grass paths between sand pits and bigger patches of tussocky grass. Many tracks go down to the beach before the dunes end in a large caravan park. As the tide was low we were able to stay on the beach and walk round Black Cliff before taking some steps up to the path to the outskirts of . The next section is through derelict industrial land as far as the swing-bridge. Crossing this and turning right the road reaches the estuary and the railway viaduct. The bus stop is halfway along this with a handy cafe opposite.
Total time including stops 4 hours. Total distance 7 miles 11km. Ascent 168m
The South West Coast Path is the longest of the official UK National Trails, running from Minehead in Somerset round the English south west peninsula coast to Poole in Dorset. The total length is just over 1000 kilometres or, more precisely, 630 miles. Only very dedicated walkers could contemplate completing the whole walk in one go, although plenty of people have done just this. Received opinion is that it would take around 6 weeks, even for the most dedicated.
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