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ST. IVES TO HAYLE. Stage 29 (30th September 2008)
The promised westerly gale arrived accompanied by rain showers. We caught the bus at 10.45 and changed our plan as a heavy storm lashed down just as we approached . So we stayed on the bus to St. Ives, had lunch and then took the coast path in the reverse direction back to Hayle. The path out of St. Ives stays close to the railway branch line, half way up the hill above a very golden beach. The weather stayed very grey and windy but the path was well sheltered by the trees and bushes on either side. After a brief dune section at the mouth of the river there is about two miles on roads following the estuary to a road bridge which leads back up the other side of the river to . After a leisurely tea near the railway viaduct we caught the #501 bus back to .
Total time with stops 2hours 30 mins. Total distance 6 miles 9.5 km Ascent 290m
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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