We started out at about 10.10 am with the weather dry and cloudy. We saw what we thought was Samphire in flower (turns out it was Hottentot Fig!) as well as a funny little pale blue hare bell, which we couldn’t identify at the time but Hilary has since found out is Spring Squill :
There were Violets, 3 cornered Leeks, Drift
and Blue Bells in abundance all along our walk :
At Sydney Cove, just as we headed towards Praa Sands, we were exhorted, in no uncertain terms, to keep the dogs under control :
It was clear that it was going to be no dogs on the beach either, disappointingly, given that Praa Sands is a long stretch of beautiful golden sands. However there were lots of kayakkers on the water, although strangely, no surfers. There was a strong chill wind, but with blue sky trying to break through and a spit spot of rain welcomed us as we reached Praa Sands proper at 11.10am. At the car park here the following rather amusing sign caught our eye, encouraging visitors to pay up :
On a more serious note, this memorial remembers some of those lost in the war :
At the east end of Praa Sands a lone camper had pitched their tiny tent. With the recent poor weather, they must have been very brave in such a small tent, although there were no signs of life as we passed by!
And just beyond, this sign acknowledged land donated to the National Trust :
We soon came across this abundance of pretty Sea Campions which reinforced our view that this was going to be a walk full of beautiful spring wild flowers:
We made good time and reached Rinsey Head at about 10 to 12. There is some evidence here of the Cornish Mining heritage, with the Prosper Mine Engine House being very well preserved, to the extent that you can still see what appears to be the original wooden lintels above every window.
Just below the engine house Porth Cew beach is marked :
And the sea here was so green it seemed to cry out for recognition. It was certainly very inviting :
Just ahead we came to this small crop of reeds and amongst them Hilary identified what looked like a female Stone Chat resting. She is just visible.
At Trewavas Head, we identified this striking rock formation, which in Hilary’s book, suggests it could be interpreted as resembling a camel. What do you think?
It is possible to stretch your imagination and see the camel. And by a further stretch of the imagination we thought that you could also see a rabbit right next to it – can you see it as well?
Someone had also been tempted to use their imagination and transformed this group of rocks nearby, and adapted them in to an alligator!
The craggy rock faces on this part of the coastline had attracted some intrepid climbers :
And it wasn’t long before we identified some more ‘animals’ in the rocks. It is a bit of a stretch, but we thought, if you look closely, there’s a little mouse with a pussy cat peeking out to the left!
Continuing on, there were long stretches of bluebells, drift, stitchwort and 3 cornered leeks to name but a few of the wild flowers. Hopefully those pescy cattle won’t destroy the beautiful displays :
Just outside Porthleven is this memorial to fishermen lost at sea :
We reached Porthleven at 1.35pm and were greeted by the view of this strikingly attractive row of dewllings, finishing with the clock tower, on the far side of the harbour :
Porthleven was severely damaged in the storms during the last couple of winters and it is clear there has been a lot of work done to repair and improve the area. So we chose this spot to take our selfie :
It wouldn’t be one of our blogs without our selfie!
Beyond Porthleven harbour we dropped down on to the beach and trudged, heavy footed, along the gravelly sand. Certainly a great way to strengthen those leg muscles! But it gave the dogs their run along the beach that they so enjoy. There are some pretty extraordinary rock formations along the beach here as well as a small pill box high up – a possible NCI lookout of the future?
Just before coming off the beach at Loe Bar there is a well structured channel for a very strong river flowing on to the beach at this point :
and at about 2.15pm, at Loe Bar, we stopped to empty the gravel out of our boots. That was more comfy!
So by 2.40pm we were walking back up the track from Loe Bar towards the car park. Hilary’s book informed us that the Lake at Loe Bar is the largest naturally formed body of water in Cornwall – formed in 1301!
Distance covered yet to be confirmed, but likely to be about 7 miles and not too strenuous. Next stop the Lizard?