Portscatho to Portloe

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PORTSCATHO TO PORTLOE Stage 44 (17th Oct 2009)

There was brilliant sunshine all day for this strenuous stretch. We set off at 10am from Hotel only around 200m from the path, which follows field edges round then north. We reached at low tide, with a vast expanse of sand including . Two hotels force walkers to leave the cliff edge and go inland a little. The Nare Head Hotel served coffee & cake on the terrace. Then a steep climb past a strange red clover like crop up to the highest point on Nare Head with great views as far as Penwith in the west. We saw two skylarks & two buzzards here and we could see the reddish shoulder markings of a kestrel hovering below us. Some steep sections follow from until a zig-zag climb up Broom Parc (still plenty of flowers red campion, ivy etc & red admirals & bees) and a final climb to then a level walk before suddenly appears below at the foot of the cliff.

Total walking time 4hours, total distance 11km, ascent 485m.

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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Porthcurnick Beach

Red admiral butterfly