Portloe to Gorran Haven

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PORTLOE to GORRAN HAVEN Stage 45 (18th Oct 2009)

As we stepped straight from the Lugger Hotel onto the path at 9.45 the weather was grey with no wind at all, and quite warm. There are a lot of strenuous climbs on this stage with plenty of steps though the path is quite good. The are very picturesque and the volunteer toilet very welcome. Vast numbers of very stupid pheasants inhabit the bushes beside the path here. Weak sun and patches of blue had appeared by the time we got to with its highland cattle in the park. Progress was quite slow as far (with views from the cross as far as Point to the west but a much hazier scene eastwards). After that the walk north along the headland then the gently sloping down hill stroll around was much faster. The final brief climb before was a shock at the end of a strenuous day. Before catching the 15.30 bus to we had time for a tea and snack at the village shop (most other establishments already closed for the winter).

Total time 5 hours including stops, total distance 8.5miles, ascent 469m.

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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Leaving Portloe

Gull Rock from Portloe

Ponies clearing bracken on the path