After breakfast in we set of from the edge of the Island at 10.30. Under a layer of stratus cloud but almost no wind we walked above Porthmeor beach before taking a track towards . The path here is easy and gently rising but the coast beyond is wild and impressive, the path is through rocks, making the going quite slow. Recent flash floods in the area (4 weeks ago) killed 3 people. 6 bridges between St. Ives and had been washed away so the path was closed on two sections of this walk. We made a short detour inland to a former water mill, seeing a pair of buzzards (?) nesting on a ruined mine building. Back on the coast path we saw several seals in the cove next to The rocks. We had to detour off the path again at so went inland for tea at a combined café and backpackers hostel. Then we caught the #508 bus from just outside the village back to , jumping straight on to a # 146 bus to , reaching the hotel at about 17.15
Total time including stops 4h 30m 10.5km Ascent 710 m Walking time 3h 15m
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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