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On Yer Bike – The Camel Trail   15 comments

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A walk on the moors, a walk on the coast, a play in the sea. We needed something else to entertain us on the last day. Some cycling was in order. The Camel Trail runs for 17 miles along the estuary and inland towards the fringes of Bodmin Moor. That would do nicely, we hired bikes, packed a picnic and headed off

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Its a supremely easy and flat ride, busy and very popular with families. There are wide and expansive views across the estuary

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After passing through Wadebridge the character changes and it becomes a wooded trail. Much quieter and in fact for large stretches, deserted

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At the far end near Wenfordbridge we came across this rather nice meadow by the river and had tea, crab sandwiches and cake. Very refined

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And then back the same way rather than a trip through the lanes. To be honest the inland stretch was a bit samey, just long stretches through the trees with not much in the way of views. I think a road return would have added some variety but there is a lot to be said for traffic free cycling

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We returned along the estuary for more fine views and and ever increasing soreness of backside (a problem I find when I don’t have any cause to ride out of the saddle on a longer ride)

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A 34 mile trip took the weekends outdoor distance covered to almost 50 miles. Not bad

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Just a final stroll through Padstow and a quiet sit on the harbour to finish off a superb weekend

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Getting older has its benefits, lets just hope I have plenty more Cornwall weekends left in me! 🙂

Showers and Sunshine around Padstow   14 comments

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Day two of our weekend away in Devon and Cornwall and time to swap high moors for coastal cliffs and beaches. More showers were in the air so it looked like one of those days when waterproofs would be regularly on and off. We planned to repeat a circuit we’d done a few years back when staying in Trevone, cutting across the peninsula and back to Padstow around Stepper Point. The walk across the fields was actually quite pleasant. No muddy corners or overgrown stiles. The first stretch was through a waving field of young wheat or barley

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As we caught first sight of the coast we were hit by the first soaking downpour. Only lasted a few minutes but enough to dampen the spirits a little

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Just as quickly the sun came out, spirits and waterproofs were dried out as we walked down to the sea at Trevone Beach

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Walking out to the headland, we were soaked again!

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This was a short sharp shower and luckily for us the last one of the day. The flowers in the coastal meadow are always a delight in the SW

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We circled Trevone Round Hole, one of several sea caves with a collapsed roof in the area

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The coastline along this stretch is dramatic and the path twists and turns around the small headlands, revealing numerous caves and sea arches. This is Porthmissen Bridge

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This dramatic feature near Gunver Head doesn’t seem to have a name on the map although the parcel split off from the cliffs does, Middle Merope Island

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From there to Stepper Point and its abandoned lighthouse its a less dramatic but glorious walk across wild flower be-decked meadows along grassy paths. In the warming sunshine its was marvellous

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From the headland you get grand views across to Polzeath and back inland along the Camel estuary towards Padstow (hidden from sight)

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The wild flowers in the hedgerows along the path prompted me to take a photo

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We took to the beach at Harbour Cove to walk back towards Padstow.

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The sun came out in full effect and with the gentle clear waters in the sheltered estuary and the pale sand it felt almost tropical

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Without shades, the light was blindingly bright but the scene was a happy one of people strolling and enjoying the simple pleasures of playing with various dogs and kids. I enjoyed this stretch immensely

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Sadly the beach finishes among the rocks and you are forced to rejoin the crowds as you head back into Padstow. It was as busy as always but in a nice way. We enjoyed a pasty from the Chough bakery (the best in Cornwall that I’ve tried) serenaded by a half decent busker

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A pretty decent 8 miles for half a day but that day wasn’t yet over

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Time for some water based fun for TBF at least. Treyarnon Bay is one of our favourites and we headed back again. One of the reasons for visiting Cornwall for my Birthday is for me to catch some waves. Bad news was that my car was in for repairs and I had no way to carry my kayak on the roof of the loan car they gave me. I also had a bad cold and didn’t think splashing about in cold water was a good idea. Last time I was dumb enough to do that I got a nasty sinus infection that I wasn’t keen to repeat

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I took on the role of photographer and beach potterer in chief and spent a happy couple of hours poking about on the sand in the caves and watching TBF body boarding

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I took a final stroll along the path watching a newly wed couple (the bride in a backless dress) having their wedding photos taken in the strong chilly breeze. She looked very cold!

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A superb day finished off with another fine seafood meal at the excellent Prawn on the Lawn

Storm Clouds over Dartmoor   12 comments

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My Birthday treat was a weekend away in Cornwall for some fine dining, walking and wave based fun in Cornwall. A heavy cold put paid to entering the water so plans were amended slightly but we kicked off as before (for TBF’s birthday weekend) with a fine lunch at the Cafe on the Green in Widecombe in the Moor and a walk on Dartmoor. Thanks to the writings of the excellent blog over at Treks and Tors I have an endless list of very fine walks on Dartmoor to experience and this one was based on one of the more recent posts. Its a great blog and well worth checking out.

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The forecast had looked promising with mention of sunshine and “isolated” showers. From up on Dartmoor they were a lot more than isolated! We had a Tor-tour planned and first was Rippon Tor. The views across to Haytor, Dartmoors most famous tor derw us onwards

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First we passed over Saddle Tor, appropriately populated with wild ponies

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All the while the storm clouds gathered, thunder rumbled and lightning flashed

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Haytor was always a favourite spot when I was a kid. We spent many family holidays up at Westward Ho! (only place name in the UK with an exclamation mark) and often came down to Dartmoor for a day out. I always insisted we come up here so I could climb to the top

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I love granite tors with their weathered shapes and weird formations

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Haytor looked especially dramatic today backed by dark storm clouds. I rekindled childhood memories by climbing to the top but decided not to linger, feeling rather like a lightning rod on the exposed summit

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As we passed Haytor quarry in bright sunlight the dark clouds provided an amazing contrast

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The clouds all around were bubbling and boiling and we seemed to be just yards from a soaking

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We found a fine sheltered spot on Smallacombe Rocks for a cuppa and a slice of cake. We didn’t hang around as our luck was running out and spots of rain were in the air

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We walked over one of Dartmoors numerous and very quaint clapper bridges over the Becka Brook

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And then up towards and past Greator rocks.

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As we passed into Holwell Lawn we came across one of the most stunning displays of bluebells I’ve ever seen

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All across open hillside they carpeted the floor in a swathe of purple-blue. Its rare to be able to catch the real sense of colour in a photo. They never seem to be as dense through a lens as they are to the naked eye

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Here, that task was easy

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We pressed on for more tors over at Bonehill Rocks

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Leaving them behind we set off for our final tor, Top Tor

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We got a proper soaking in a heavy rain and hail shower that dusted the hills we’d walked on earlier in drifts of white while thunder rumbled and crackled around us. Short-lived, and sunny spells returned for the top and while we finished our fine 6.5 mile back to the car

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My second Dartmoor walk in the past year and its wonderful, packed with interesting stuff and a huge variety of landscapes. It deserves a full weekend or holiday all its own or a wild camp to appreciate its austere charms

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Satisfied and in need of a little luxury, we headed off to the Althea Library for our weekend stay, with same wonderful room and warm welcome as before

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I took a brief stroll around Padstow before our evening out to clear my head (I had a bit of dizzy spell when I arrived) and to enjoy Padstow without the the crowds when it reverts to a peaceful fishing village rather than a tourist fleshpot

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Ending the day with a fine curry at The Journeyman restaurant was the perfect finale to a fine first day of my Birthday treat 🙂

Funster Birthday Weekend – Padstow, Tintagel and Rough Tor   14 comments

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Onto our final day of the birthday weekend. A much soggier and wet outlook plus the need for a waterproof for me, having forgotten to bring one, saw us head into Padstow.

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Despite the commercialism I like Padstow and out of season it returns to being a quiet Cornish fishing village

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We took an easy stroll around the harbour and up towards the war memorial. The views over the Camel estuary, Doom Bar and Daymer Bay were superb

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Dark clouds were billowing and heading our way so we had to turn and flee. Not before this rather fine shot of storms approaching while we grabbed the last rays of sun

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My new cagoule got a try out but heavy rain put a stop to Padstow fun, so we moved on, figuring driving through the rain was better than walking in it. On  whim we went to Tintagel as I’d not been there since I was a kid. By the time we got there the sun was out again and all was fine. We declined the offer of over £20 to look around the castle. Whilst the position is dramatic and evocative the word “castle” somewhat overplays the hand of English Heritage. Lots of steps and a few sparse walls sums up this monument plus a few “King Arthur had a pee against this rock” plaques is pretty much all you get. The views and the coast are undeniably superb but so is the coastal path to the north which is free so that’s where we went

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Its a magnificent walk around Barras Nose to Willapark

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These are The Sisters

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Willapark was superb and completely deserted, we had the whole place to ourselves

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The views north towards Boscastle were especially fine

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The cliffs on the south side are frighteningly sheer, one of those places you feel you could step off the edge and fall straight into deep water. We stayed dry as well, always a bonus

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Afternoon was pressing on and there were showers in the air. Most people would have decided to head home but we are better than that. Never ones to waste precious winter daylight we took a short drive to the edge of Bodmin Moor with a view to a final walk up Rough Tor. We pass by this summit on our way to and from Cornwall holidays so I was keen to take a look. We brewed up in the car waiting for a window in the weather which duly arrived

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It was memorable walk to finish the weekend, just a short walk from the car to numerous granite tors that spread across the summit

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The light was fading and not easy for photography but I was able to capture some nice shadows and spooky outlines

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I was in my element scrambling about the rocks but the light was fading fast and the cold seeping into the soul. We enjoyed a few more shafts of sunlight and brooding views before we headed down to begin the long drive home

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A weekend that started on the granite tors of Dartmoor finished with an equally fine walk on the Bodmin variety

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We had one final treat in store. As we drove away from the car park we noticed that a huge flock of starlings was gathering in a nearby wood to roost. We pulled over and watched mesmerised as thousands of birds swooped no more than a couple of feet over the car and swirled above our heads. They put on show for 10 minutes or so and we were so entranced it never occurred to me to take any photos or video.

A birthday treat for TBF to remember and I quite enjoyed it as well

South and West to Cornwall – Part 5   6 comments

Main focus of the post to come but a few photos from a lunchtime stroll around the thronging crowds in RickSteinVille aka Padstow. It’s a really rather splendid little place and despite my dislike of tourist crowds I have something of a soft sport for the place. Possibly on account of the fact that it’s a foodies heaven with lots of great cafes, and the best pasties in Cornwall in my opinion from The Chough Bakery. The views from up on the hill just out-of-town are rather splendid as you can see

bodmin moor, delford bridge, goldiggins quarry, golitha falls, minions, padstow, stowes hill, sunset, the cheesewring, treyarnon bay

bodmin moor, delford bridge, goldiggins quarry, golitha falls, minions, padstow, stowes hill, sunset, the cheesewring, treyarnon bay

bodmin moor, delford bridge, goldiggins quarry, golitha falls, minions, padstow, stowes hill, sunset, the cheesewring, treyarnon bay

One of my recent book purchases from the “Wild” series by Daniel Start was one about the South West containing more than just Wild Swimming spots. Bodmin Moor looked to be packed with interesting stuff and I’d never seen it (other than passing through on the A30 on way to and from Cornwall). Time to change that. I’d been looking across longingly from the campsite at the distant tors from the campsite but the weather always looked considerably greyer and gloomier than the coast. However on our last day it looked better and we’d headed off for a day of exploration

First stop was Delford Bridge. It was a beautiful spot, with an old bridge across a lazy river surrounding by grassy expanses, just perfect for a laze in the sun and a picnic. Of course as soon as we stepped from the car it chucked it down. A picnic sheltering under the tailgate of the car had to suffice 🙂

bodmin moor, delford bridge, goldiggins quarry, golitha falls, minions, padstow, stowes hill, sunset, the cheesewring, treyarnon bay

bodmin moor, delford bridge, goldiggins quarry, golitha falls, minions, padstow, stowes hill, sunset, the cheesewring, treyarnon bay

I’d had grand plans for some Bodmin Moor wild swimming either here in the nearby quarry lakes on Carbilly Tor. The weather was just awful, heavy persistent drizzle and low cloud. In search of inspiration I took a punt that with a northerly wind the southern side of the moors might be drier.

Inspired. As soon as we crossed the A30 the rain stopped and the sun appeared. Smug hat ready. We stopped off for a stroll at Golitha Falls. A series of cascades on the River Fowey and very nice they were too. No major cascades but very pretty with a very large pool at the end for a swim in warmer weather and lots of old mine workings.

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bodmin moor, delford bridge, goldiggins quarry, golitha falls, minions, padstow, stowes hill, sunset, the cheesewring, treyarnon bay

bodmin moor, delford bridge, goldiggins quarry, golitha falls, minions, padstow, stowes hill, sunset, the cheesewring, treyarnon bay

bodmin moor, delford bridge, goldiggins quarry, golitha falls, minions, padstow, stowes hill, sunset, the cheesewring, treyarnon bay

bodmin moor, delford bridge, goldiggins quarry, golitha falls, minions, padstow, stowes hill, sunset, the cheesewring, treyarnon bay

bodmin moor, delford bridge, goldiggins quarry, golitha falls, minions, padstow, stowes hill, sunset, the cheesewring, treyarnon bay

Onwards and moor-wards to the wonderfully named village of Minions. Loads of interesting stuff round here and we went out for an explore. The area is full of old mine workings and they create an evocative sense of a past age now long gone

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bodmin moor, delford bridge, goldiggins quarry, golitha falls, minions, padstow, stowes hill, sunset, the cheesewring, treyarnon bay

bodmin moor, delford bridge, goldiggins quarry, golitha falls, minions, padstow, stowes hill, sunset, the cheesewring, treyarnon bay

bodmin moor, delford bridge, goldiggins quarry, golitha falls, minions, padstow, stowes hill, sunset, the cheesewring, treyarnon bay

First stop was the summit of Stowe’s Hill with its granite tors. Most famous is the Cheesewring, an impossibly piled collection of rocks perched above a disused quarry.

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bodmin moor, delford bridge, goldiggins quarry, golitha falls, minions, padstow, stowes hill, sunset, the cheesewring, treyarnon bay

bodmin moor, delford bridge, goldiggins quarry, golitha falls, minions, padstow, stowes hill, sunset, the cheesewring, treyarnon bay

bodmin moor, delford bridge, goldiggins quarry, golitha falls, minions, padstow, stowes hill, sunset, the cheesewring, treyarnon bay

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The views across the moors were impressive and were just begging for a long walk and an explore

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bodmin moor, delford bridge, goldiggins quarry, golitha falls, minions, padstow, stowes hill, sunset, the cheesewring, treyarnon bay

As we continued our walk the skies became a mix of sunshine and dark stormy clouds that lit up the tors to great effect.

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Onto our next objective, the disused Goldiggins Quarry with its spring fed lake. It looks stunning even under a greyish sky. Another potential spot for a swim but it was still very chilly and there were some people camped there who probably didn’t wish to their evening spoiled by the sight of me splashing about.

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bodmin moor, delford bridge, goldiggins quarry, golitha falls, minions, padstow, stowes hill, sunset, the cheesewring, treyarnon bay

bodmin moor, delford bridge, goldiggins quarry, golitha falls, minions, padstow, stowes hill, sunset, the cheesewring, treyarnon bay

bodmin moor, delford bridge, goldiggins quarry, golitha falls, minions, padstow, stowes hill, sunset, the cheesewring, treyarnon bay

The other attraction on Bodmin Moor are the remains of ancient civilisations and stone circles. The local one here is The Hurlers. Have to say that I always find these things of limited interest but this one was impressively sited and the late afternoon light made it an evocative place.

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bodmin moor, delford bridge, goldiggins quarry, golitha falls, minions, padstow, stowes hill, sunset, the cheesewring, treyarnon bay

bodmin moor, delford bridge, goldiggins quarry, golitha falls, minions, padstow, stowes hill, sunset, the cheesewring, treyarnon bay

bodmin moor, delford bridge, goldiggins quarry, golitha falls, minions, padstow, stowes hill, sunset, the cheesewring, treyarnon bay

So with our Bodmin Moor itch scratched for the day we headed home to a final sunset.

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bodmin moor, delford bridge, goldiggins quarry, golitha falls, minions, padstow, stowes hill, sunset, the cheesewring, treyarnon bay

bodmin moor, delford bridge, goldiggins quarry, golitha falls, minions, padstow, stowes hill, sunset, the cheesewring, treyarnon bay

The British weather gave us a final little slap by delivering a fine warm and sunny day when we needed to go home. We thought it would be nice to spend a last day on the beach before the long journey. As the campsite was half empty and the main summer weeks over I asked if we could leave the camper up for an extra few hours so we could enjoy our last few hours. I was slightly taken aback when this was firmly refused as the owner gave no indication that there was anyone using the pitch that day. We often ask for this favour on campsites when they are not busy and have never been refused before. In fact once on a nearby site when staying in a static I asked the same thing and we were welcomed to stay an extra night and the owners refused to take any extra money for the extra night.

My main concern was having to tow the trailer down the narrow lanes to the beach. I asked if I could just leave the trailer tucked away somewhere on the site which I thought was a perfectly reasonable request. Again this request was flatly refused and we were left in no uncertain terms that we were to be off the site completely by the stated time. Have to say this left a very sour taste after a great week and developing a real affection for the site and it’s location. Some of the conversations around the site seem to indicate a large number of guests have been coming back for years leaving me feeling that the site is little cliquey. It rather ruined my view of the site and despite its fantastic location I doubt I will ever go back. A real shame.

So we towed the trailer down the lanes to the beach and spent a last happy afternoon at Treyarnon Bay. A hot pork sandwich from the beach cafe followed by a swim around the rocks to the rock pool and an ice cream to finish off the trip

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bodmin moor, delford bridge, goldiggins quarry, golitha falls, minions, padstow, stowes hill, sunset, the cheesewring, treyarnon bay

bodmin moor, delford bridge, goldiggins quarry, golitha falls, minions, padstow, stowes hill, sunset, the cheesewring, treyarnon bay

bodmin moor, delford bridge, goldiggins quarry, golitha falls, minions, padstow, stowes hill, sunset, the cheesewring, treyarnon bay

bodmin moor, delford bridge, goldiggins quarry, golitha falls, minions, padstow, stowes hill, sunset, the cheesewring, treyarnon bay

A great week despite it being colder than October and no waves. A long wait till the next major holiday but that should be good one – more of that later in the year

South and West to Cornwall – Part 4   4 comments

A tribute post to the lovely TBF on her Birthday. She was in control of the days activities and kicked off with a bit of body boarding at Harlyn Bay

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harlyn bay, trevone bay, trevone round hole, wild swimming, body boarding, the view, berryfields farm

harlyn bay, trevone bay, trevone round hole, wild swimming, body boarding, the view, berryfields farm

harlyn bay, trevone bay, trevone round hole, wild swimming, body boarding, the view, berryfields farm

Me a TJF took a walk along the beach while she played

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harlyn bay, trevone bay, trevone round hole, wild swimming, body boarding, the view, berryfields farm

harlyn bay, trevone bay, trevone round hole, wild swimming, body boarding, the view, berryfields farm

harlyn bay, trevone bay, trevone round hole, wild swimming, body boarding, the view, berryfields farm

To be honest the waves were pretty rubbish all week due to the northerly wind as most of the beaches face west. Harlyn Bay however faces north so whilst there wasn’t much natural swell the wind had at least whipped up a bit of surf

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harlyn bay, trevone bay, trevone round hole, wild swimming, body boarding, the view, berryfields farm

harlyn bay, trevone bay, trevone round hole, wild swimming, body boarding, the view, berryfields farm

I took a load of photos to show TBF in action as a special birthday treat

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harlyn bay, trevone bay, trevone round hole, wild swimming, body boarding, the view, berryfields farm

harlyn bay, trevone bay, trevone round hole, wild swimming, body boarding, the view, berryfields farm

harlyn bay, trevone bay, trevone round hole, wild swimming, body boarding, the view, berryfields farm

harlyn bay, trevone bay, trevone round hole, wild swimming, body boarding, the view, berryfields farm

Lunch was a special request for a cream tea and scones at the very nice Berryfields Farm. The afternoon was a coastal walk from  Harlyn Bay again (we had a car park ticket for the day, there’s always room for some frugality even on a Birthday)

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The weather was gloriously clear and the water looked invitingly clear – apart from the fact it was still cold and windy!

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harlyn bay, trevone bay, trevone round hole, wild swimming, body boarding, the view, berryfields farm

We were heading for Trevone Bay just around the coast. It has another one of those semi-natural rock swimming pools. A little deeper and smaller than the one at Treyaron. If we’d had swimming stuff with us we’d probably had taken a dip

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harlyn bay, trevone bay, trevone round hole, wild swimming, body boarding, the view, berryfields farm

We wandered down the beach to the watch people trying to make the most of the non-existent waves and then up onto the coast path to look at the Trevone Round Hole, a collapsed sea cave where you can scramble down and through the cave onto the rocks.

harlyn bay, trevone bay, trevone round hole, wild swimming, body boarding, the view, berryfields farm

harlyn bay, trevone bay, trevone round hole, wild swimming, body boarding, the view, berryfields farm

harlyn bay, trevone bay, trevone round hole, wild swimming, body boarding, the view, berryfields farm

Looked a little precarious to me and that’s saying something for a man with precious little sense of danger

harlyn bay, trevone bay, trevone round hole, wild swimming, body boarding, the view, berryfields farm

harlyn bay, trevone bay, trevone round hole, wild swimming, body boarding, the view, berryfields farm

The day was finished off with a meal at The View restaurant in St Merryn and very fine it was too. Oh, and another sunset

harlyn bay, trevone bay, trevone round hole, wild swimming, body boarding, the view, berryfields farm

Happy Birthday TBF

South and West to Cornwall – Part 3   6 comments

More beach fun and coastal views this time from the local beach at Treyarnon Bay.

treyarnon bay, wild swimming, sunset, pepper cove, fox cove, warren cove

One of the main reasons for visiting Cornwall (well for me and the Funsters anyway) is a chance to play in the big Atlantic waves. Kayaking for me, body-boarding for the Funsters. Alas a northerly wind killed the surf so we had to seek alternative enjoyment

treyarnon bay, wild swimming, sunset, pepper cove, fox cove, warren cove

treyarnon bay, wild swimming, sunset, pepper cove, fox cove, warren cove

treyarnon bay, wild swimming, sunset, pepper cove, fox cove, warren cove

Treyarnon is a wonderful beach and has an extra feature in the form of huge natural rock-pool perfect for swimming and jumping.

treyarnon bay, wild swimming, sunset, pepper cove, fox cove, warren cove

treyarnon bay, wild swimming, sunset, pepper cove, fox cove, warren cove

treyarnon bay, wild swimming, sunset, pepper cove, fox cove, warren cove

treyarnon bay, wild swimming, sunset, pepper cove, fox cove, warren cove

We spent a very happy hour in the sunshine (and cold wind) playing in its icy waters. TBF was in charge of the camera so you get the dubious honour of seeing photos of me for a change!

treyarnon bay, wild swimming, sunset, pepper cove, fox cove, warren cove

treyarnon bay, wild swimming, sunset, pepper cove, fox cove, warren cove

treyarnon bay, wild swimming, sunset, pepper cove, fox cove, warren cove

treyarnon bay, wild swimming, sunset, pepper cove, fox cove, warren cove

Even TJS took a swim which was unusual

treyarnon bay, wild swimming, sunset, pepper cove, fox cove, warren cove

treyarnon bay, wild swimming, sunset, pepper cove, fox cove, warren cove

treyarnon bay, wild swimming, sunset, pepper cove, fox cove, warren cove

treyarnon bay, wild swimming, sunset, pepper cove, fox cove, warren cove

treyarnon bay, wild swimming, sunset, pepper cove, fox cove, warren cove

We found a lovely warm , sheltered rock shelf to relax and warm up after the swim.

treyarnon bay, wild swimming, sunset, pepper cove, fox cove, warren cove

treyarnon bay, wild swimming, sunset, pepper cove, fox cove, warren cove

treyarnon bay, wild swimming, sunset, pepper cove, fox cove, warren cove

Another coastal walk with the tide extremely low reveals a section of stunning hidden beaches at Pepper Cove, Warren Cove and Fox Cove just by the campsite. It would take some serious and rather edgy looking cliff scrambling to access these gems.

treyarnon bay, wild swimming, sunset, pepper cove, fox cove, warren cove

treyarnon bay, wild swimming, sunset, pepper cove, fox cove, warren cove

treyarnon bay, wild swimming, sunset, pepper cove, fox cove, warren cove

treyarnon bay, wild swimming, sunset, pepper cove, fox cove, warren cove

The evening delivered another stunning sunset as we took our regular, cold stroll along the cliffs to finish the day

treyarnon bay, wild swimming, sunset, pepper cove, fox cove, warren cove

treyarnon bay, wild swimming, sunset, pepper cove, fox cove, warren cove

treyarnon bay, wild swimming, sunset, pepper cove, fox cove, warren cove

treyarnon bay, wild swimming, sunset, pepper cove, fox cove, warren cove

treyarnon bay, wild swimming, sunset, pepper cove, fox cove, warren cove

Next up is a day dedicated to TBF and her Birthday day out 🙂

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