If you get down to Cornwall, try and get at least part of the South West Coast Path walked. The views are fantastic. And if you’re not in a rush there’s always a few beach cafes or pubs along various parts of it. Its kind of strange trudging across a beach full of sunbathers with your boots and backpack and the sea looked really (really) inviting in the heat but I was in hiking mode
We walked from Falmouth to Helford river (the ferry dock) and whilst it was way too hot to enjoy at times (no, really) we had a great walk. We being son Joe and I. He lives down there so has being walking various sections of the coast. Lucky man.The Falmouth to Helford section isn’t the most rugged or challenging as such but the 7 hours or so (coming back the way we went at the 3 hour mark) makes it a good stretch.,
We didn’t see any of the dolphins you can sometimes see from the cliff tops, or a basking shark (likewise) but we did have a Fox mooching about ahead of us until he (or she, couldn’t tell) heard us and disappeared into the undergrowth. That was cool.
the photo here just about captures it ahead of us.
Joe watching the distracted Fox on the footpath (bit grainy but it is there)
the route can be seen here if you have a search for Falmouth.
In around 2 weeks I’m doing the Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge, which is why, with a long weekend due in Cornwall this weekend – I’m sat here looking at a walk or two I can get in, to keep the training going. Yes, I could be spending quality time in The Chain Locker or other pubs in Falmouth (ok – I probably will anyway) but I’m also working out some parts of the South West Coastal Path that I could do.
My son has done a few parts of the path as he’s based down there (I’m helping him move house which is why I’ll be down for the weekend) and we used to camp above Coverack so I know there’s some spectacular cliff walks to take in - but I wasn’t sure what distances each section covered and I don’t have time to get any OS maps ordered.
But that’s not needed now, I found this great site : http://www.southwestcoastpath.com/index.cfm.
A joint venture by Natural England and the National Trust I think.
I’m still working out which bits to do but hopefully I can get a few miles in and stretch my legs. And add back all those calories lost in the day with a pasty and beer or two, sat looking at Falmouth Harbour