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.