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.
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.
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”
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.
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.
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?