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Day 12 South West Coast Path – Porthcothan to Pentire Point West (Holywell)

Surfers at Fistral Beach

First thanks must go to the great guy who runs The Kandi Lodge in Newquay, the other end of the holidaying spectrum to the Atlantic View but ideal for youngsters hen & stag parties or so it says on the door 🙂 and for £20 a night with no breakfast a good deal.

The Station brekkie place refused to open up at 8am so I had to go to a different one 🙁 which was more expensive. I caught the right bus after the first couple of buses I stepped on were going to the wrong place. Arrived at Porthcothan on time and started walking back to Newquay, another couple who were on the bus with me were soon left behind.

Kite boardingThe wind soon rose to gale force but the rain stayed away so I made good progress, taking snaps and amazed at the diversity of such a simple object as a bench!

I became very jealous of the kiters shredding on one beach which reminded me of my attempts to kite in 2002  in the Dominican Republic, Maybe on my return I will take a month out in sunny hunny 🙂

Geoff on the Gannel bridge
Geoff on the Gannel bridge

Then it was the never ending trek through Newquay till eventually I emerged at the Fistral Beach and the neoprene clad surfers 🙂 (see the header). Then fortunately it was low tide so I could escape by crossing The Gannel by the bridge which gets covered at high tide.

Once over I climbed up to Pentire Point West to try and find somewhere to stay. The hotel was closed down and the pub had no b&b desperation was setting in when I rounded a corner and discovered a discrete sign to Goose Rock Hotel car park, I ventured down knocked on the door and eventually Lynn from Bolton showed me in. I’m in Room 4 with great views over The Gannel and even to the lighthouse at Trevose Head where I was 2 days ago.

Todays stats are here pictures here and Everytrail here.
South West Coast Path -Pothcotham to West Pentire at EveryTrail

Oh! I’m pretty sure I now know why my Canon D550 flash gets so gummed up so it won’t work and that the rotary settings dial gets sticky……

Cracking onto Crackington Haven only 495 miles to go.

495 miles to go on The South West Coast Path.

Firstly many thanks to all the new visitors that came from this tweet:

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and also many thanks to Betty & Chris for the lovely email sent after I met them in the woods atop Clovelly

Today started of very miserable & wet (both me & and the weather 🙂 can’t say I enjoyed Bude at all!  Plaice & chips last night was ugh and a garret bedroom with no room to stand up in the shower, might be OK if you are 4′ but not for me 🙁 However, things started to improve at breakfast, the kippers & poached egg were excellent.

The day was once again amazingly windy especially at the 500/130 bench on top of  Dizzard Point (wonder if it got his name from making folks dizzy)  where I nearly was blown over! Thank goodness for my sticks. The scenery is totally stunning.

I tried to find the landing point for TAT-14 our umbilical cord to the rest of the world  in Widemouth bay but it is not to be found anywhere not even any notices warning about submerged cables.

The section as always, has many steep coombs. Here is the profile:

Bude-to-Crackinton-HavenI dropped down into Crackinton Haven and decided I had heard enough wind for the day so I settled for a pint and room at The Coombe Martin Inn, room 6 has fab views, to watch the sunset, over the bay and it’s own terrace. Real luxury compared to last night. Food is excellent too. To top it all I just missed the last torrential downpor of the day 🙂

As usual the stats are in my google docs and photos on google+ and the actual trail walked is over on Everytrail:

South West Coast Path – Bude to Crackington Haven at EveryTrail



Day 6 on the South West Coast Path – 521 miles to go.

Lundy High, Sign of Dry

Outdoor stepsA bit of a slow and tiring walk today especially that I only covered 10 miles 🙁 The hills are now very short and very steep with quite a few having steps. I find the steps really tiring as they are rarely ever made with a decent going/riser ratio (The stair going to riser ratio (2R + G) within the range of 550 – 700 assists to promote a suitable gait pattern) plus they are very uneven, both things make them much harder to negotiate than proper steps or even a simple mud/grass slope.

I’ve yet to bump into any other long distance walkers most I’ve met are just doing small circular walks, the lady in the couple I met today just so reminded me of Annette Crosbie,but then I do have Prosopagnosia.

I finally arrived at the Hartland Quay Hotel which is the end of Section 12 in The Guide, the next section to Bude is labelled Severe and takes 8.5 hours, no accommodation seems to be on the route so I thought it wise to make it a short day and stop. They gave me room 7 which has a lovely Bay window looking towards Lundy. It has BS WiFi as can only be expected in our third world country, who would have thought that it could be as chronic. Even though the fibre optic TAT 14 running at 1.87Tera bits comes ashore about 10 miles from here at Widemouth Bay! This area should have the worlds fastest broadband!!

Oh, and the wretched Canon D550 has started playing up again, flash not popping up and the lens having a nervous twitch trying to focus itself even when not requested plus the screen not allowing access to the main menu’s. Maybe SLRs & walking & me is not a good combo.

Today’s stats are up in my google doc here and pics on Google+ here and here i sthe Everytrail:
The South West Coast Path – Clovelly to Hartland Quay at EveryTrail

Day 5 on the South West Coast Path and 531 miles to go.

High Tide, Low Tide sign

Oh dear looking at the guide today, it says today walk was Week 2 Day 1 whereas its only my Week 1 day 5 🙂

Please use your rights freely
Please use your rights freely

What a spectacular day today was, perfect clear blue sky 🙂 Cold so no water required and scenery to die for, such stunning villages as Appledore, Buck’s Mills & Clovelly even poor Westward Ho! has it’s attractions 🙂 although the folks living behind the big blocks of new flats can’t be to happy about having sea views been replaced by such developments.

My favourite sign of all time is the one above that is actually positive imploring you to enjoy rather than the modern  signs which tell you all the things that you can’t do.

Tody I met an interesting couple in the lovely bluebell woods who promised they woud leave a comment 🙂 sorry to bore you with my diatribe on The National Trust vis a vis the above sign.

Jenny & Debbie I will apply a more rigorous approach to my fish & chips and add the price and some * rating. Hopefully before going to see Rick Stein in Padstow. Last nights at Mr Chips in Bideford out currently the winners.

The pictures of today are here on Google+ The stats as always are here and the actual walk on my GPS is on Everytrail:
South West Coast Path – Bideford to Clovelly at EveryTrail