Still no break in the weather for our last day on this section. We left our bags at the hotel & walked back to harbour, joining the path by the bus station in the gap between the beach & the train line for some way before any crossing of the tracks. The path is easy & well made though rather gravelly & dusty. Fine views of dominate as you approach, with the causeway coming into view if the tide is low. The railway heads inland & the path is beside a busy road though there’s a small nature reserve on the inland side. Here hundreds of rabbits were coexisting with a couple of sea-going nesting swans. We crossed onto the beach to avoid a short section in soft sand dunes only to find we had to wade a small stream to reach . After a coffee break we spent much of the rest of the day on St. Michael’s Mount before walking back to in the early evening to have one last dinner at the Hotel Penzance. The Paddington sleeper left there at 21.45.
Total time 1h 25m. Total distance walked 6km. Ascent 33m. Walking time 1h 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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