Housel Bay to Coverack

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HOUSEL BAY to COVERACK Stage 39 (13th Sept 2009)

We set off at 9.20 from on a hotter, less windy day, the path being quite easy past the Lloyds signal station, and Kilcobben Cove then past the inverted conical hole of the Devil’s Frying Pan, with calm sea at its apex, then down into the amazingly picturesque village of , where we had a coffee break. After this we saw a pair of choughs near , confirmed by local twitchers. Even in mid-September there are still lots of lovely flowers including toadflax, roses etc. and one violet. Also we had a great view of a goldfinch at . There is a lot of climbing over polished serpentine rocks after this, including some muddy stepped sections near and before the eastern edge of the Lizard peninsula is reached at Black Head. We stumbled along a rough stony section on the level, then through a sculpture garden (suprise!) to and the Porthbeer B&B, a smart bungalow with great sea views. is just a short walk down from here.

Time 4.5 hours walking, 2. hours sitting. Distance 10.5 miles. Total Ascent 563m.

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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Lizard from Housel Bay

Devil's Frying Pan natural arch

Sculpture Park near Coverack