HELFORD PASSAGE TO FALMOUTH Stage 42 (15th Oct 2009)
We arrived in from the sleeper and caught a waiting train to . Breakfast in Costas gave us time to catch the #500 bus to with a steep walk down to the Ferryboat Inn. The path heads seaward along the quiet estuary with its many sailing boats. As the estuary opens out to the sea we counted 8 large empty cargo ships moored (wating for what?). After passing two exotic gardens the perfect tiny village of is reached. The path is varied after this, through rolling fields, small woods and at the back of beaches with relatively gentle climbs. Flowers included honeysuckle and an occasional violet as well as ivy and gorse. Very few butterflies or bees now. A buzzard and a kestrel were patrolling the same undercliff beyond here. has great views across to and the lighthouse at . We had lunch out of doors at the beach cafe. After a short tarmac path brings you to and the start of itself.
Time walked 4.20 hours, distance walked 11 miles Ascent 482m
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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