Praa Sands to Mullion

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PRAA SANDS to MULLION Stage 37 (11th Sept 2009)

We left Penzance at 9.45 on the 2A bus to arriving unusually 20mins late. Another day of perfect walking weather. Good progress on a strenuous stretch brought us to the busily pretty harbour of by 12.40 where we had lunch at the Ship Inn. An undulating route across sand past brought us to the brilliant tea shop right on the path at fishing cove. Then the path is slightly back from the cliff edge, with relatively gentle ups & downs (and a possible chough sighting) before Church Cove (with toilets as well as a church). Climbing away past the golf course with views of a wind farm and dishes led to a sudden descent to cross a stream at Poldhu, climbing again to the Marconi memorial. Then a gentle descent towards interrupted by a walk into to find B&B. We watched the sunset on another perfect day from the terrace of the Polurrian Hotel, one of several elegant victorian buildings along this stretch.

Total time 6 hours Time walked 5.4 hours Distance walked 12 miles Ascent 496 m

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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