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Showers and Sunshine around Padstow   14 comments


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


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


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



Walking out to the headland, we were soaked again!


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


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



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




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



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





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



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


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


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



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



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


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


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


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







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!



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

Funster Birthday Weekend – Trevose Head   10 comments


A coastal walk today to contrast with the moorland walk of the previous day. Before that a nice little photo of our B&B


We’ve walked many stretches of the coast in the neighbourhood having spent many family holidays down in Cornwall. Trevose Head is one neither of us had done so it seemed an obvious route. Winter had arrived and it was windy and bitterly cold but with a sharp clarity to the air and hopefully not too many showers. We parked up by the beach at Treyarnon Bay, one of our favourites but today we were the only car there


It was a wonderful morning, crashing waves and a mix of blue skies and threatening clouds


Along Constantine Bay beach and then past the very splendidly named Boobys Bay




As you approach the headland there is another “Round Hole” where a sea cave roof has collapsed. Very impressive.



The walks continue around the headland and past the lighthouse




As you round the headland the next three coves of Mother Iveys, Harlyn and Trevone Bays come into view


Mother Iveys Bay is steeply shelving so the waves hit the shore close in making for a great scene of Atlantic aggression.


As we approached Harlyn Bay we caught a glimpse of a seal and he played in the waves while we watched for a few minutes


Onto our last beach at Harlyn


I liked the contrast between the clouds the rippled sand and the seaweed covered rocks


Back along the lanes to the car and with a seven mile walk I was feeling the knee strain when I got back to the car. We decided that we’d earned a lunch at the very nice cafe at the YHA, soup and cider the order of the day


We actually managed to go in the sea as well for some kayaking and body boarding fun. Unsurprisingly we had the sea to ourselves what with it being bitterly cold. I wish I’d taken my camera as after one bruising hailstorm the views were sublime.

A cracking day finished off with another meal out, this time at The Basement in Padstow and once again, wonderful food as part of an ongoing birthday treat. A sacrifice I was willing to make 🙂

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