Coverack to Porthallow

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COVERACK to PORTHALLOW Stage 40 (15th April 2010)

We got off the bus in at 9.15 in bright sunshine but there was an icy east wind. The path out to along a narrow raised beach was muddy but with helpful stepping stones across most swampy places. There were hardly any leaves on the trees but loads of flowers at ground level. An excess of primroses, swathes of violets & celandines as well as red campion, gorse, herb robert etc. The path winds through a deserted gabbro quarry then heads inland from a beach, to avoid a still working quarry. Heading inland along a quiet country lane the path then cuts across a field (missing the relocated megaliths which are by the roadside), finally rejoining the coast at the tiny village of (where there are public toilets). Another inland section brought us past a vineyard to Porthallow, the halfway point on the path, with its pub (the Five Pilchards) where we had a lunch. The Google Earth track shows the exact table we sat at in the pub garden! Since the weather was so beautiful we had time to do another short inland walk, going up one small valley then returning along another.

Time walked on SWCP 3.0 hours. Distance 5.1 miles. Total Ascent 248m.

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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