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Wild and Windy on the Coast   12 comments

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After the calm clear weather on Dartmoor, the next day was a refreshing change. Still plenty of blue sky around but now mixed with some dark black storm clouds and a keen blustery wind. Perfect for a coastal walk. We parked up at Treyarnon Bay, one of our favourites and headed south for an out and back before lunch.

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There were some stunning cloud and rainbow effects and some of the clouds looked very angry and full of rain

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The stormy seas, crashing waves and winter light make for great photos. I used the HDR setting on my iPhone for these and it takes a damn fine photo

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This storm had me worried but it passed us bay

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The first stretch to Porthcothan, the next beach along is fairly flat but takes a while to walk as the cliffs are constantly indented by wild, deep and inaccessible coves all with wonderful names.  Pepper, Warren and Fox Coves, Minnows Islands, Will’s Rock

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TBH looking happy with a very angry storm sweeping past. Luckily it only rained for a couple of minutes while we were out and we had some glorious sunshine

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We hoped there might be a cafe or something at Porthcothan but everything was shut for the winter. We pushed on south towards the headland at Park Head

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It was glorious walking if a little wild and windy

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Another cove at Porth Mear

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And looking back north the way we’d come along Tescore Islands

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Time was pressing so we turned around and headed back before we reached the headland

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Porthcothan beach was now exposed by the tide and Will’s Rock was framed in the surf

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From there it was a race against the weather to reach the YHA at Treyarnon Bay for lunch. We won – just – rain battering the windows as we settled in. It’s a really fine cafe and we had a lovely light Tapas style lunch. A walk of over 8 miles so we’d earned it.

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Now the actual plan had been to do some kayak surfing and body-boarding in the afternoon. Sitting in the warmth of the cafe it suddenly seemed like a rather stupid idea. After preparing a detailed list of safety conscious excuses we decided another short stroll along the cliffs and an amble around Padstow was a much more sensible plan

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I think the photos justify that decision

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Padstow is a tourist hotspot and rammed in summer. In November it returns to being a quiet fishing village with a handful of people. Not a great place if you are on a diet though. Its packed with excellent, restaurants, cafes and bakeries selling pasties and the like. We managed to avoid temptation (other than a sneaky millionaire shortbread) as we were eating out in the evening

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The setting sun created some wonderful vistas

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The harbour in particular looked rather fine

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And to finish off, a couple of photos from our B&B bedroom window. Not too shabby

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This is what birthday’s should be about (if you can’t afford a tropical white sand beach anyway)

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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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