CAPE CORNWALL TO LANDS END Stage 32 (30th May 2009)
Another beautiful day, less windy than yesterday but a cool breeze. The #17 bus dropped us at at 9.40 to start our walk down to . The path avoids the Cape and climbs up a cliff then down into the sheltered . A steep climb to was interrupted by watching a Chough flying below the cliff, red beak and legs clearly visible. After the point a fine turf path snakes along the cliff edge. Apart from a rocky scramble over a small headland at Nanjullian Cliff the walk was fairly easy until the white sandy beaches of Gwynver and . We had an early cream tea/lunch at the very nice Beach Café then walked up steps from the round house onto the headland leading to Lands End. The ‘theme park’ there was not as awful as we remembered but still not worth visiting. We caught the #300 bus back towards Penzance but the bus broke down at Porthcurno and we had to catch another one which took us back to Penzance via Lands End, only an hour late.
Total time including stops 4h 30m Total distance 12.5kms Ascent 417m Walking time 3h 30m
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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