SWCP #35b & 36a Kennack Sands to Porthoustock

After a reluctant pause of about a month, we tried to get back on the path. By this time, however, the weather really had turned. We seemed to have a succession of wet and windy weekends, and becuase of the travel time and distance from Exeter, along with lack of daylight hours, back and forth logistics involved, this particular walk was postponed more than once! When the day finally came, it almost didn’t happen then either…

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Sat 7th Dec

  • Start: Kennack Sands, CornwallIMG_20191207_140650
  • Finish: Porthoustock, Cornwall
  • Mileage: 8.5 m
  • Guide book timing: 4ish
  • Actual timing: 4.5hrs
  • Grading: moderate to strenuous
  • Weather: 7 deg, drizzle and sun.
  • Walkers: me, & JC
  • Miles to date: 314 m

Having postponed the walk twice, I was determined to complete this walk, and continue doing the path in order! It had become increasingly difficult in recent weeks: I’d had to take a break due to work commitments and lack of time. Then the weather got in our way. When we were finally able to walk, there were only two of us going, meaning we both had to drive all the way to Porthoustock, and then Kennack Sands (2h45min from Exeter) and do it all again at the end of a long walk. I really did consider, as some folk suggested, leaving the lizard and coming back in better weather with more daylight, but then I gave myself a talking to. What was a challenge if it wasn’t easy? Why raise money and accept generous donations if I wasn’t going to put myself through my paces and do what I set out to do?! So we proceeded. Two of us drove over 240 miles each, just to walk this section. And we nearly didn’t. If any of you ever read my previous blog GraceEliz you’ll know the feature of many of my posts, particularly in Slovakia Stories was things that went wrong!

So, it didn’t help when I woke up at 7:30: I was supposed to have already left the house. I tore through the house, racing out the door, breakfast in my hands and left just before 8. It really didn’t help that the engine light came on in my car, making me pull over to call RS in a panic, drive on for a bit and lose power on the A3O with huge lorries tail-gaiting me. It did actually help when RS drove out to meet me and swap cars but it didn’t help that I couldn’t understand his Sat Nav and ended up driving through Bodmin on a busy Saturday morning…

By the time I met JC and we got to our starting point, it was well after 11 and probably the latest start time we’ve ever had. I thought I had forgotten my walking socks, in my panic and I forgot my stick but we begain walking towards Coverack…

That particular evening, Coverack were switching on their Christmas lights. We couldn’t have stayed even if we wanted to, as this was only about half way.

IMG_20191207_150649We met some women walking a dog as we were leaving Coverack. Checking we were still going in right direction, we asked which way the coast path was. They asked where we were going, to which I paused, knowing I would say our destination wrong! When we worked it out, they offered us directions to a short cut, claiming Porthoustock was quite a way away and it was far easier to cut inland. If I wanted an easy walk, I’d have gone from my house to the Quay for a pint…

It got considerably muddier as we continued…And pretty hard to walk along…
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From Lowland Point we went around the slightly scary looking Dean Quarries before heading inland to Rosenithon and finally into Porthoustock.

Thank yous and mentions

  • Thank you to JC for driving all that way, and for patiently awaiting my arrival. It gets ridiculous when you can’t tell eachother what has happened, but just hope you’re both driving in the same direction and will get to the same place.
  • Thank you to RS for rescuing me and handing over your keys to complete the journey!IMG_20191207_194910
  • Thank you to Cornwall Hour on Twitter for retweeting and trying to help me find a lift or cheap accommodation.
  • A much needed pint was had in The White Hart, as we were muddy, damp and cold when we arrived.
  • We decided to stop for dinner half way home this time and went for a carvery in The Borough Arms, Bodmin. Probably the best decision I’d made for a long time!

The Charity Bit

I really would have stayed at home if I wasn’t trying to do this to raise money for Anthony Nolan. But if it’s easy, it’s probably not worth doing. And it’s totally worth doing. Find out more Anthony Nolan and drop a few quid hereif you can…

About graceeliz

Many years ago I met someone who said: "Don't know what you want to do with your life? Teach English as a foreign language, then you can travel the world. Best thing I've ever done!" That got me thinking. Research was done. Course booked in Barcelona. Certificate gained. 5 years living in Barcelona working as an English teacher. Done! Where to next? Check out my blog! 5 years in Barcelona, 6 months in Slovakia, 2 years in Australia... and now I am home in Somerset. We'll see if I can stop the itch in my feet...
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