Feeling Today: 👍
So Far: 1,058.22 miles, 346:14 hours
Today’s walk was very straight forward – easy walking along cliff tops with only the occasional gentle undulation, perfect weather conditions for walking with only a short-lived threat of rain blown in from the sea, no navigational challenges, and no shortage of places to stop off for drinks.
We walked by Porthcothan, Mawgan Porth, and Watergate Bays – all super beaches – but the high spot of this stretch are the sands and striking rocks of Bedruthan Steps. Along the cliff tops are conservation areas for the endangered corn bunting.
Above Bedruthan Steps Darren and I were on a gradual climb when I heard the cry ‘C’mon Cox, get up that hill!’, and there was Andrew, (Cannon, brother of Neil) who’d been ‘tracking’ us from Treyarnon. We had a welcome National Trust coffee and tea cake with Andrew, Lisa (née Cannon), and their partners Jill and John before continuing on our way. They’re all staying at Padstow and we’re having dinner together tomorrow in St Agnes.
Newquay was the end of the trip for Darren and he took the train home. It’s been a good week, with the challenge of the tough three-day stretch from Hartland Quay to Port Isaac and no sight of Darren’s new, unopened waterproofs.
I’ve just four more days on the road. My boots are ready to be laid off. The soles have thinned and lost their strength so I can now feel stones underfoot through the base. I think they’ll be consigned to gardening duties.