DAY 69: Portreath DAY OFF #3 Yep, howling wind outside the tent woke me around 6am, signalling the end of our Indian sunny spell. So much for a lie in on my day off! The plan had been to have a lazy morning around the campsite but the weather was just too bad so we decided to just pack up and get going… Stopping for breakfast in St Agnes at the eclectic Cornwall Cafe where we sat beneath the tea cups eating ham, egg and chips! Pip then dropped me off at the Portreath hotel near where I would be […]

Day of rest

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DAY 68: St Agnes to Portreath – 9.75 miles Again feeling lucky, I unzipped the tent this morning and was greeted to yet another glorious sunny morning. Almost a day off, the most direct route between St Agnes and Portreath is just 6.8 miles. But of course, I now had company, a support vehicle and all the time in the world so we could again take full advantage of the stunning longer coastal path. After a lazy start and tent side cooked (GF) breakfast, we jumped in the car and drove back to St Agnes. The photos speak for themselves, […]

Cliff capers

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DAY 67: Porth (Newquay north) to St Agnes – 16.00 Nothing beats waking up on a campsite with the sunrise, knowing that it’s going to be a beautiful day. Added to that, the luxury of a support vehicle and being able to eat what you want, when you want it… A quick cuppa, then Pip dropped me back to Porth where I picked up the trail from where I left off yesterday. I visited Newquay a few years ago on a road trip, spending 3 days driving around getting to know all its nooks and crannies, but I now realise […]

Perfect path

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DAY 66: Harlyn (Padstow) to Newquay (Porth) – 12.80 miles Later today I had a good friend from back home, Pip joining me for a few days… We will be camping in Newquay and he is going to help me to travel south from there over the next few days. Because my girl friends are not meeting me in Lands End until Wednesday I actually have quite a lot of time to kill, so not only can I now afford to take another day off (only my third the whole trip) I also have shorter weekend legs to cover. This […]

Crantock cavalry

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DAY 65: Camelford to Harlyn (Padstow) – 20.8 miles One week and counting… I can’t believe this adventure is soon coming to an end! Mind you I am looking forward to not having to walk every day, plan logistics and eat another cooked breakfast! But for today I said yes to Mick when he asked what I wanted to eat… It is fuel at the end of the day, and today I had a long distance to cover. My next destination was Padstow however I was walking the longer way round via Wadebridge as the more direct coastal route would […]

Millennium mile

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DAY 64: Crackington Haven to Camelford – 12.70 miles Waking up in this cosy hotel room by the ocean with the sun finally shining… it doesn’t get much better than that! On paper I didn’t have far to go today but after another full breakfast it was still difficult to get moving… And then – already forgetting what my body had worked out yesterday – I automatically gravitated across the road and back onto the coastal track. It’s difficult knowing full well that the path is going to take longer and knacker me out even more, but the opportunity to […]

Summer high

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DAY 63: Taylor’s Cross (Bideford) to Crackington Haven – 16.45 I decided on a light breakfast this morning as I would be walking through Bude around lunchtime and wanted to take a proper stop then. However I did leave the Peels with clean clothes, some invaluable advice about the South West Coast Path, my next couple of nights booked and a warm goodbye. Despite the heatwave the south east were experiencing today, first thing this morning as John drove me back across the Cornish border to where I’d finished walking yesterday, the weather was particularly grim. Thankfully the worst of […]

Cornish pasty path

DAY 62: Bideford to A39 (Taylor’s Cross) – 20.40 miles With a bacon butty for breakfast, a sandwich made up for lunch, not having to take all my things with me, John able to drop me where he collected me yesterday, and pick me up from where ever I walked to today – the scene was set for me to cover some serious mileage today. Again not really sure which way I was walking, the network of side roads south and west towards the coast were vast enough that I figured I could work it out as I went along. […]

Military miles

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DAY 61: Bratton Fleming to Bideford – 17.60 miles Premier Inn aside, that was one the most comfortable beds I’ve slept in on this trip and, as seems to be happening more and more recently, I really struggled to get up and moving this morning. I also knew I had quite a long day ahead to Bideford and I wasn’t entirely sure the best way to walk. But my host had left out breakfast so I was still able to load up and the sun was just about holding on outside. A day of two distinct halves, this morning was […]

Tarka trail