Falmouth to Portscatho

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FALMOUTH TO PORTSCATHO Stage 43 (16th Oct 2009)

We left Green Lawns Hotel at 9am, walking down to then around to the harbour. Both ferries were still running summer timetables so we arrived in Place House, next to at 11.45. The weather was warm & sunny though not as clear as yesterday. A buzzard circled above a big cabbage field. We passed the lighthouse, with stunning views in all directions from the viewpoint above. Then we were walking up the other side of what seemed to be the same cabbage field but on the opposite side of the peninsula. Close to we saw two seals swimming lazily. Convolvulus and cow parsley were still out in Roseland’s sheltered spots. A sick bee, two escaped horses and a dead shrew (?) completed the wildlife count. is clearly ready for tourists with several shops and other businesses. is just a little cluster of houses half a mile beyond Portscatho, above a small beach and we arrived at about 15.45

Total walking time 5.5hours, Total distance including ferries, 22.5km. Ascent 575m

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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Gyllyngvase Beach

St. Mawes Castle from ferry

St. Anthony's church at Place