Lands End to Penberth

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LANDS END TO PENBERTH Stage 33 (31st May 2009)

Cloudless skies & warmer than yesterday. Few sunday buses meant a taxi to Lands End, starting the eastward return walk at 10.30. The path is easy across springy turf on open cliff tops before a descent to a wooden stream bridge at Lower Cliff. Here we missed the path which takes an unsigned R turn just after the bridge. We rejoined the path with a R turn at a T-junction after only 10 mins, missing the natural arch. The SWCP passes small beaches, one of uniform large rounded boulders which seem to have been broken from the cliff of short vertical rock stacks. At the path finally heads due E, past red & black daymark cones. A steep descent to & a tiny café precedes steep & strenuous stages with flat walks on cliff tops between, & undergrowth so lush it hides your feet. Beyond & Minack theatre, tiny is idyllic with fishing boats, an old capstan & a handful of cottages. Then we walked up to to catch the bus to .
Total time including stops 4h 40m Total distance walked 11.5km Ascent 540m 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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