Day 6 Port Quin to Hawker’s Cove

Though this was maybe not as spectacular scenery as some of the previous stages we had been on, there was still lots to see and be amazed at. Just as we started up and out of Port Quin there is a funny little castle which looks like someone’s folly!
 We have attempted to voice record where we have taken our photos and Lundy Arch was an example. Unfortunately we can’t upload the files but this is how we reacted to what we were seeing at the time : “This an extraordinary natural arch called Lundy Hole which we are viewing from quite high up and down in to the water. It’s amazing.”
And at last, we did in fact see a seal for a period of time, when it swam just below us, as we walked along the coast path above Port Quin Bay towards Pentire Point.
GCHQ was keeping an eye on us as we looked back at one particular stage and the light caught THOSE dishes from the listening station!! We still haven’t managed to get away from them!
At one pint we spotted some beautiful little purple flowers which we have since identified as Harebells.

Our attempt at capturing the Harebell

Library image of Harebells

Library image of Harebells

This was a much easier stage, so we hoped we might have covered more ground than we have previously, which has proved to be the case.
“This is just a shot back towards Pentire Point, which is extraordinary the way it looks, the lump on the right is actually an island”DSCF3412
As we came close to Polzeath we came across what seems to be a little train carriage with some structure built around it which someone has made in to a home.

Hilary has done some digging and found out it is called Enniscrone, after a town in Sligo. The letters R&SBR are painted on the carriages which Hilary has also discovered stands for ‘The Rhondda and Swansea Bay Railway’ whose livery was chocolate and the carriage is from the late nineteenth century. This was carriage No. 18 Third Class.

Then we came to Polzeath, where there was lots of activity on the beach
and then round to Daymer Bay where we could walk on the beach with the dogs,which they loved and it made a change for us too.
The tide was quite a long way out so we headed for where the Ferry from Rock would take us across the river Camel to Lower Beach, which, with the tide being out so far, is quite a way from the main part of Padstow.
Padstow Ferry

The Padstow Ferry took us safely across the Camel river and we took a moment to rest our legs while still covering a little distance along our way.

Then we could continue to walk on the beach to Hawker’s Cove,
where the RNLI Lifeboat used to launch from.
The changing sand banks in the estuary led to the removal of the lifeboat from there.  We were to meet Mike at Hawker’s Cove and as luck would have it, as we climbed up from there to where cars can go no further,
we came across a very nice place, Lellizzick Farmhouse, where we could sit in their tea garden and enjoy a well-earned drink of something!
Once again we were extraordinarily fortunate with the weather and achieved just over the magic 10 mile distance. Is it possible that we have now covered over 54 miles since we started our epic adventure?

Day 5 Tregardock to Port Quin

Off we set from Tregardock at 10.25 prepared for the journey ahead, knowing that there were at least five major ascents on the way to Port Isaac.

Tregardock Cliff looking back towards Tintagel Church

Tregardock Cliff looking back towards Tintagel Church

Having interpreted the contour lines on the map as being a really tough walk ahead, we were pleasantly surprised that the actual paths were cut sympathetically on the slopes which meant that they were nowhere near as tough as we had expected. We had even left Danny, the dog, behind this time thinking he would have struggled, when in fact he would probably have coped, especially as there were plenty of water stops along the way.
Sarah had attempted to use a voice recorder to record the spots where we took photos. However we did not allow for the wind which was incredibly blustery and interfered so much with the recordings that they are almost inaudible. We must make a better fist of it next time as the recordings will really add to the atmosphere of the moment! Live and learn!
It isn’t possible to describe the true beauty of the coastline and the sea. The photos do not really do it justice!
One of the many beautiful coves.

One of the many beautiful coves with the blue/green sea beyond.

We passed this extraordinary mushroom which we think is a Parasol: which can be found on grassy seaside cliffs in summer and autumn. It was about 10inches across.
There were a couple of plants that were different : the common restharrow and sea bindweed. Hilary also identified a Comma butterfly and then spotted a grey seal which is what they say frequents the north coast of Cornwall. Unfortunately it was too far away to get any photos.
We passed an interesting entrance to a disused and collapsed tunnel. This was once used by donkeys to carry slate to the beach on the other side of this unstable cliff. The slate was then loaded on to ships, this was near Delabole Point.
Extraordinary slate wall

Extraordinary slate wall

Surprisingly enough, we did really well and having reached Port Gaverne/Port Isaac at about 1pm, we decided to press on to Port Quin, which we had not dared contemplate.

Being welcomed at Port Gaverne by our trusty support driver, Mike

Between Port Isaac and Port Quin, the path was more demanding than the map had suggested, but it was manageable, although in places there had been some erosion and it looked to us that the path had been redirected downwards.

Bannister rails to help with the steep drop down and a slightly changed path to work around erosion.

Bannister rails to help with the steep drop down and a slightly changed path to work around erosion.

We felt elated when we reached the small cove and hamlet that is Port Quin…
…where we finished off with a very welcome coffee from the mobile Vintage cafe.P1010020
Once again the weather was just beautiful and we sensed that we passed fewer people along the way. Maybe families were going to events around and about, rather than walking. 8.17 miles covered. Total distance so far 44.11m (70.93k).