Day 25 – Head to Head!

Otherwise known as St Anthony Head to Nare Head.

We set off from St Anthony Head at 9.45 – our earliest start yet. We’d struggled to even find the car park at our end point at Nare Head, because the signposting was a bit intermittent, and then we’d had trouble navigating  back to St Anthony Head. So it was quite a surprise to be setting off so promptly.

Passing above Porthbeor and along Towan beaches we felt very lucky to be walking again along these particularly beautiful beaches, both looking their best with the tide out.

This wooden post just before we dropped down onto Towan beach is known as the Wreck Post used by the coastguard in the past as a replica ship’s mast for training. Find out more here Wreck Post.

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And the weather was turning peachy!

After Towan the path was steady walking with good views of the sparkling sea. The going was very dry underfoot and the way had been strimmed clear in places.  We made good progress.

The land towards Portscatho was covered in acres of young tree plantings. What seemed to be blackthorn, mountain ash and oak, to name a few that we could identify, were just saplings with bark protection. There must be an initiative in the area to restock these types of tree, however I haven’t managed to find out anything about it.

Coming in to Portscatho at around 11.30..

..we were greeted by these wonderfully pungent wild garlic flowers..

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.. as well as these lush Agapanthus.

The path continues on past a lovely ‘wild’ flower garden.

This monument, named the Burma Star is ‘Dedicated to 26,380 men killed in the Burma war 1942 – 45 who have no known grave being denied the rights according to their comrades in death they died for all free men’.DSCF5156

Small but perfectly formed!

At just on mid-day we arrived at the tiny NCI Portscatho lookout …

…where watchkeeper on duty, John, was very welcoming, informative and interesting. We felt he must be a great asset to his lookout and the National Coastwatch organisation.

Just at the end of Porthbean beach was this pretty waterfall.

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At lunch time the weather turned really hot and we were glad of the lovely sea breeze.

We reached Carne beach at 1.15, where the signpost suggested we had just 1.5 miles to our destination at Nare Head and sure enough we made good time passing the National Trust marker at about 2.15pm

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and reaching the Nare Head car park about half an hour later.

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A steady walk, by no means our toughest, completing well over 9.5 miles this time.

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