Porthallow to Helford

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PORTHALLOW to HELSTON Stage 41 (16th April 2010)

The B&B in Porthallow was just a few yards from the path. We left at 9.45 in bright sunshine which lasted all day. The east wind not quite so cold but v. strong, whipping up white waves. Again there was a mass of flowers, blackthorn, stitchwort, wild garlic and the first few bluebells amongst the violets and buttercups. We lost the path briefly at . After the gale on the coast Gillan Creek was peaceful and warm in the sunshine. We inspected the stepping stones but they were almost wholly submerged so we took the extra 2 mile walk around the head of the creek to St. Anthonys (pausing in the churchyard for a snack). Then we followed the full route around Dennis Head with its prehistoric fortifications. The path up the south side of the Helford estuary is in broken woodland. The ‘Down by the Riverside’ cafe in a converted chapel was very welcome. We walked through pretty to the ferry landing stage where we phoned and found that we had to wait 30 mins for the tide to provide deep enough water for the ferry. We arrived on the other side and had coffee in the Ferryboat Inn and then walked up the steep path to the bus stop at the junction with the Falmouth road. A #500 bus took us to by 16.30.

Time walked on SWCP 5.0 hours. Distance 9.5 miles. Total Ascent 497m.

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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St. Anthony in Meneage

Helford Estuary