MEVAGISSEY to CHARLESTOWN Stage 47 (11th May 2010)
We set off at 9.25 from the Tregorran B&B near Battery Terrace, already high above the harbour, under broken cloud and a forecast of showers. The whole route is undulating with quite a lot of stepped sections. Pentewan caravan park is an unsightly blot around which the path is forced to detour but itself is an excellent little village with a pub, a cafe, a shop and toilets. The terraces of cottages look neat and well kept. We stopped for coffee. The path undulates onwards on the cliff edge before descending steeply through open woods to a stream valley with a waterfall and one cottage at . Climbing from here the path approaches Black Head promontory fort before turning north at the A L Rowse memorial. We saw a crow & buzzard scuffle, like yesterday, and also saw white campion, cinquefoil and wild garlic. At nature reserve the path enters more woodland where we sat on a bench watching a robin as a short rain shower arrived. We put on over-trousers just before the rain stopped. Steeply stepped valleys follow at Silvermine Point & then the path descends to the beach at Porth Pean. At the far end of the beach steps lead up to the cliff top as far as where a cliff fall has caused a near-permanent road diversion inland past the hospital before a 1 mile walk down to Harbour. We had to do this last part of the walk in a brief hail storm followed by drizzly rain, arriving wet at the Pier Head Hotel.
Total time 5h 15m, distance 14.4km, ascent 720m.
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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