The observant amongst you may notice that our start point this time is not the same as our finish point last. This is because we cut a few corners last time by walking across the beach at low tide. So we had decided that we should do it properly this time and start from Padstow and follow the Coast Path as signposted. So we walked the path, looking down on to the beach we had walked across last time.
More than that we saw the ferry crossing and the water looking much choppier than last time, so we were really glad that we weren’t doing it today as our sea legs might have let us down!
Unbelievably the weather cleared and gave us the most beautiful sunny day again.
NCI Stepper Point was our first port of call, being the 2nd National Coastwatch lookout that we have passed since starting our journey. Derek Reed and Mick Stretton made us very welcome and explained that they have about a 340 degree view from Stepper Point,
so they have to keep their eyes peeled for all the action on the beaches as well as in the sea all the way around. They also have CCTV for the parts of the sea out of sight below the lookout. They have no running water, so have to take all supplies with them, carting it all up the hill from Hawker’s Cove, where they park.
As with Boscastle, NCI Stepper Point have a really innovative collection tin as you leave the lookout : an old fire extinguisher!
Heading on our way from NCI Stepper Point lookout, we very quickly came to the stone tower which was built in 1832 to guide ships in to the River Camel.
At Pepper Hole we saw the small arch through to the sea which was a scarily long way down.
Continuing on our way we (rather alarmingly) came across a signpost for the Lelllizzick Tea Rooms, where we had enjoyed our final refreshments at the end of our last walk! We resisted the temptation to cut back!
As usual, much of the time Hilary was able to supply us with useful information from her Coast path book.
We spotted some fungi which were similar, though smaller, to the one we had seen on one of our previous walks.
Cutting across Harlyn Bay we treated ourselves to a lovely ice cream and took another selfie to prove it!
During the course of this walk we came across two ‘Round Holes’ which were described in Hilary’s book as caves whose roofs had fallen in at some time. They were huge, deep craters in the ground which were incredibly deep to try and look down in to!
The small dark mark on the side of the hill is the first ‘Round Hole’ at Trevone Bay. This has come about from the collapse of the roof of a sea cave.
Next excitement was watching the return of the Padstow Lifeboat to its home at Mother Ivey’s Bay. The following sequence of photos shows her as she negotiated the high seas and winds, to reverse in to position to be winched back up the slipway :
By a circuitous route we came across a lovely memorial above the Trevose Head Lighthouse.
We have found out the following about the memorial :
Lawrence Neal was born in London 1895, fought and was injured in the Somme. Worked and ran the Daniel Neal’s Department Stores which were sold to the John Lewis Partnership in 1963. He died in 1996 in Aberystwyth. His wife died in 1949 and their daughter is the other name on the Memorial.
Just below the Neal Rock is the Trevose Head Lighthouse, which looked like it had had a very recent coat of paint. It was sparkling in the sunshine :
Then we had a closer look at the other ‘Round Hole’ on Dinas Head :
Next we were looking down onto the beautiful sandy beaches of Booby’s Bay and Constantine Bay :
On Treyarnon Point we came across some really interesting benches; one, in particular caught our eye :
So from there we made our final descent down to Treyarnon Bay where we waited a few minutes for our trusty support man, Mike.
At 11.73 miles, this was our longest, yet easiest, walk so far. Once again the sun shone down on our day as we took in some of the glorious sandy beaches that this part of Cornwall has to offer. It seemed like a surfer’s paradise and the Life guards certainly had their work cut out keeping a careful watch on the many holiday makers enjoying the beautiful seas.