Day 70 St Agnes to Gwithian Thursday 21 July

Distance 15.58 miles , cumulative 1,267.39 miles, time 7 hrs 30 mins, walking time 5 hrs 10 mins, pace 3 mph, camped Churchtown Farm
This section was all on the coastal footpath and is mostly a cliff top walk with a few switchbacks at well placed intervals. In order they went – Chapel Porth, Porthtowan and Portreath until we reached Godrevy point and the lighthouse. 

Customary tea and cake stops were endured at Portreath and Godrevy interspersed by a takeaway pasty lunch. The cafe at Hell’s Mouth was full as people took shelter from the drizzle, so we could not quite make it a triple tea stop day. 

Porthtowan and Portreath both have good beaches and each have a mix of smart holiday rental properties, second homes, local residencies and various amenities but we always leave them thinking they could do with a good smarten up compared to other spots along the North Cornish coast. 

Highlight of the day, ignoring the homemade chocolate brownie from Godrevy beach cafe, was watching a family of seals by the lighthouse. They were the first seals we had seen since the east coast of Scotland and this group included pups still with their lighter coloured skins. Steve wears ‘Sealskinz’ socks when the weather is wet but would wish to point out that no seals were harmed in order to make them – all the seals died of natural causes. 

The day was characterised by on/off drizzle and light rain which gradually gave way to sunny spells of increasing length. The beach at Godrevy was busy with surfers and body boarders who were getting a reasonable wave. 

We have used the campsite at Churchtown Farm regularly over the years and each time we see improvements and it has got progressively busier. ‘Staycations’ and in particular camping holidays seem to be popular again and this site, in common with many others we have stayed at over the last 10 weeks is fully booked during the English school holiday period.

This issue informed our planning for the walk and hence our original intention to finish on the last day of term (Friday) but we will now be finishing on Saturday. Tonight is our final night under canvas (well rip stop nylon) before a B&B in Penzance for a couple of nights before the train home on Sunday.

These final few days are not challenging as far as the walking distances and terrain are concerned but emotionally they are proving a little odd. On the one hand we want to celebrate and enjoy the achievement of completing the walk but on the other hand we are both feeling sad that this fantastic adventure seems to be drawing all too quickly to a close. We still have two days of walking to go. Saturday could prove to be a ‘difficult’ day. 

But enough of this emotional navel gazing drivel – the mobile pizza van complete with wood burning oven, rounded off our day of healthy eating by providing a 12 inch meat feast pizza for tea – excellent. 


12 thoughts on “Day 70 St Agnes to Gwithian Thursday 21 July”

  1. Last night under canvas and you are both feeling emotional that your walk is coming to end. Well done to you both I’m very proud of both of you.


  2. Well, I guess it’s time for the final update on your house…. er…. plot…….
    However, I must first say that Miss Sam and I thoroughly enjoyed catching up with you at Wadebridge even though our tent was a little dated and small and her half of the air bed deflated during the night…. I slept well and comfortably though…..
    Thank you again for the meal and had I realised you were paying I would, quite clearly, had something more expensive….!
    Now, on a positive note……. Steve, you have said for a while that you quite like the idea of buying a motor home…… I think this could now be a good time to invest in one….
    Your house sale has unfortunately fallen through. Apparently your neighbours felt the graffiti on your house was a little too explicit and took it upon themselves to demolish what little remained of your house. Now I’m no expert but even those demolition experts get things badly wrong at times. Clearly they forgot about your nice shiny new VW van and Lynn’s car and unfortunately these were completely destroyed as the house fell on them…….
    On a positive note…. due to safety concerns the Council have removed what remained of your house and vehicles and your plot is now completely clear. There will be plenty of room for siting your mobile home although the squatters are back with s large disheveled caravan……. Not all bad news, eh…?
    Hope you enjoy you’re last couple of days walking and have a good time with Ryanna and Gerry…. Maybe you could suggest to him he opens Alexander’s mouth next time he tries to feed him…
    P.S. If you feel a little deflated having completed your epic walk you could always walk back to JOG’s………. Backwards…

    See you in a few days..

    Jr and Miss Sam…x


  3. Well done you two. Amazing. Understandable that you’re feeling emotional. Look forward to seeing you and catching up. X


  4. Good news we have managed to sort out the accommodation issue tomorrow night as we know you were sad to be leaving your tent. I managed to get hold of a guy called Tom at the B & B in Penzance and he has allocated a little plot for you at the bottom of the garden near the bins. He has given your room to an elderly couple and their six children so it’s all worked out well. No need to thank us. It’s the least we could do. You go ahead and enjoy your last night under canvass. Oh We forgot to say you still have to pay the normal room rate, we told the guy that would be fine.


  5. Well done on an amazing achievement, both in completing the walk and also in providing all your readers with ten weeks of compelling blogs. I shall miss my daily catch up and regular smiles at your quirky little comments. Enjoy your last couple of days, emotional but only because you’ve achieved so much 😊👍


  6. Fantastic achievement both. We have loved your blog and will really miss our daily read. It was great to catch up with you in Tintagel, just sorry we can’t be there to see you club at the end! Enjoy your last two days and we look forward to catching up when you are back. Love to you both, Tim & Lois xxx


  7. Your pic of Gwithian beach brought back happy memories of my little one running around on the beach without a stitch on except his postman pat wellies – yes, Bob certainly enjoyed his summers at Gwithian😄!
    Not far now, only sorry we can’t be there to see you finish..


  8. Congratulations both of you. We looked out for you yesterday whilst flying over Lands End to the Scillies and gave you a wave. We thought we picked you out! Well done, thinking of you. Love Helen, Ian, Annie, Mary and Michael


  9. Hello you two..
    Huge congratulations on completing a rather long stroll.. Enjoyed the daily journal but a bit disappointed with lack of puppy pics.. Just saying..
    Anyway have the most fabulous last day and make it 3 cake stops, one being with champagne at the end of the road! You deserve it! 🌟🍾🍰
    See you soon 🌻


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