Penberth to Penzance

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PENBERTH TO PENZANCE Stage 34 (June 1st 2009)

Unbroken sunshine & temperatures up to 25oC. We caught a bus at 9am from to Turning at 9.53. A quick downhill road walk to then a really strenuous stretch to , a mixture of steep stepped climbs across four valleys linked by narrow cliff top paths & some scrambling over rocks and a few breaks when the path is though woods or between hedges. There is even a 50m stretch along a boulder beach. We stopped at the Lamorna café for snacks before more strenuous walking as far as . We spotted an adder lurking in a hole which may have been dead but we were too scared to poke it with a stick. Another stiff climb from Penzer Point becomes a wider track and then a road plunging down into pretty Mousehole with its fine harbour. From here the path is metalled all the way to , along a shared cycle path to , a really interesting fishing port, & on into Penzance with no discernible gap between them. So this was a really hard stage.

Total time including stops 7h30m Total distance walked 18km Ascent 546m. Walking time 5h 20m

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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Towards Lamorna