Saturday, 30 October 2010

Coastwalk , South West Coast Path

Portscatho → Portloe

em-portloe.png Distance: 7.50 miles
Ascent: 599 metres
Duration: 2 hours 53 minutes

Closing the gap
« Place | Mevagissey »

Perhaps spurred on by last night's view from Allday's fields we ignored this morning's weather forecast and set out to complete the remaining gap.


Even before the walk began we saw something of interest: FV Athena was being given a guided tour of Gerrans Bay a tug. With the fire now out the ship's being prepared for salvage. It's always interesting when a walk intersects with a national news story.

Everything we'd read online about this section of the coastpath suggested it would be a difficult stretch. It turns out that's not really the case and certainly as far as Carne Beach the easy path made for swift progress. Beyond, the ascent of Nare Head - including a sudden descent and re-ascent at Tregeagle's Hole didn't prove too difficult either (although it was certainly steep in places).


Nare Head is the last headland of the week and gave us an opportunity to survey most of the sixty miles we've walked the past few days. It's been a great week, and I suspect the speed with which we navigated the rollercoaster of the last two miles into Portloe says more about increased fitness than the quality of the path.

Finally we passed Broom Parc (filming location for The Camomile Lawn) and dropped into Portloe along the ridge-walk of Jacka Point and watched the thin black line of the day's route on the GPS converge with that of Thursday's walk. Zooming out the entire section from Lizard to Mevagissey was visible: another gap closed. Time to go home.

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