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
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 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
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.
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.
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).