Feeling Today: 🏉 😅 and 🚶✔️
So Far: 1,044.93 miles, 341:44 hours (allowing for the ferry crossing and a technical issue today …)
Darren and I had to take some short-cuts today because of a dinner commitment and our late start for the rugby – a fantastic spectacle; maybe not one for the purist (nor the Kiwi landlord of the Slipway “This place will be closing if the All Blacks lose“) but certainly great for the simple fan!
It seems as if we’ve now hit seaside holiday central, with lively and lovely beaches along this stretch, such as the sandy bays at Trevone, Harlyn and Constantine. On each there was a great variety of shapes and sizes and colours, with everyone enjoying uncomplicated beach fun as we walked through, self-consciously rather overdressed.
We passed the small but perfectly formed Port Quin, the intriguing but sad-looking bee centre nearby, and the pretty church at St Enodoc which is surrounded by the golf course and is the resting place of John Betjeman.
From there it was a short stroll across dunes to the ferry to hop from Rock to Padstow, effortlessly cutting out miles along both sides of the estuary. The tide was well out and the golden sands extended a long way on both sides of the Camel; (no, not that sort of camel!)
We had a pasty in busy Padstow, leaving via Prideaux Place with its ancient deer park, and across fields chopped off the headlands at Gunver and Trevose Heads so that we were in time to be collected by my pal, Steve, from our youth hostel at Treyarnon.
Steve is another ex-WRG waster who I’ve known since we were both serving our rubbish apprenticeships. He and Karyn have rented a house at St Issy and invited us over for dinner with their extended clan. It’s the first time I’ve been invited to take my dirty washing to dinner but a wash and dry was much-needed. Karyn also asked me if I’d like a shower so I did wonder if, in spite of my stringent bathing, I was still carrying the lingering odour of wandering tramp ….
Josh took the photo of us all. He’s a budding film-maker and has suitably long arms for a wide selfie.