Another amazing day for our Cornish coastal path walk, blue sky and sunshine. We set off from Boscastle, making our way up to National Coastwatch (NCI) lookout at Boscastle to start with, where we were all made very welcome.
Mike, our support driver, does a huge amount of work for the NCI charity and we are hoping to visit all the lookouts we go past on our walks. NCI Boscastle was the first Cornish lookout on our route.
It is set high up on Willapark just outside Boscastle and the watchkeepers have to carry their own water supply. No mean feat! The on-duty watchkeeper was kind enough to share some of the supply with our dogs who were already keen for a drink.
NCI lookouts do a lot of work to raise funds to support the ‘Eyes Along the Coast’ service that they provide and NCI Boscastle is no exception. They have a novel collecting box on the wall outside!
NCI Boscastle collecting box!
If you would like to find out more about NCI and how you can help the organisation please go to National Coastwatch.
What was particularly striking about this stretch of coastline was the make up of the rocks. There was so much slate, and from Tintagel a lot of evidence of old quarries, and in fact quarrying took place in some areas from the Middle Ages and it continued until the 1930s.
The striking hole in the rock above Hole Beach!
We made our break-point at Trebarwith Strand which is a delightful inlet where, at high tide there is an unusual slate beach, which the locals were clearly enjoying, just waiting for a proper sandy beach to be revealed as the tide went out. Danny was glad to be handed over to the support vehicle! and after a scrumptious ice cream we continued on our way.
Of the flora there was montbretia, though a garden escapee it is capable of growing in clumps where nothing else would grow.The heather is still going strong, wild carrot and scabious. Hilary is so knowledgeable about the ground cover and also has a brilliant reference book which helps us along the way!
Hilary can identify the wild flowers.
We were fascinated by a kestrel that was hovering in the sky for ages – of course the minute we tried to take a photo it moved away! And then we saw two of them – maybe they had had a nest somewhere.
Another example of the amazing rock formations was this ‘Old Man of Hoy’ look-alike which we spotted.
Not the best attempt at a selfi! but we keep practicing!
Finishing with another selfi!
After Trebarwith we had a huge hike up the 200 steps which Hilary counted! but once at the top the view was tremendous and we had a fairly easy stretch to where we finished the day at Tregardock.
In 5.5 hrs, distance covered 9.25 miles (14.89 k). Not the hardest stretch so far by any means. We took it more slowly and once again the weather was beautiful, considering what we have had and what has come since!
We anticipate the next leg to be a toughie!