GURNARDS HEAD TO CAPE CORNWALL Stage 31 (29th May 2009)
Blue sky and bright sun lasted all day. A 508 bus took us from to Hotel and at we rejoined the path after the closed section, walking down the W side of a valley then continuing around Carn Moyle Cliff. The going was strenuous with big rocks and boggy bits crossed by stepping stones. We lost our way at before a steep descent with a stunning view to the small sandy beach at . A climb up a broad track to the lighthouse at was gale assisted by a SE wind before we turned into it to walk through the huge disused works of Levant & Botallack mines. We struggled against a stronger wind unlike loads of butterflies which had no problems. The path drops down from the cliff top at Kendijack Castle heading up a stream valley before turning towards the sea again beside a small field with donkeys. Climbing again we had clearer views of but headed inland to , just in time for a #17 bus to .
Total time including stops 5h 15m Total distance 14.5kms Ascent 445m Walking time 4h 0m
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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