“Walking is the best possible exercise. Habituate yourself to walk very far”, so wrote Thomas Jefferson.
That quote appears on the homepage of the South West Coastal Path.
Which I walked some of recently. I say ‘some’, hardly any is more the truth. I would have disappointed the exalting Mr Jefferson, as I only managed short bursts during a recent short holiday in Coverack, Cornwall.
The reason for those short walks: I’ve damaged my left knee meniscus it seems.
I did other short walks / limps during the week, visiting a few ancient sites (the Lizard is awash with neolithic, bronze and iron age sites). I mooched around some standing stones, circles and chambers / fogous). Thankfully ancient sites engender contemplative standing as opposed to long distance yomping 🙂
I can’t remember if it is the lateral or medial I have damaged (I’ve been told twice now) but I do know it hurts. And has hurt since the Pendle Hill walk a few weeks back.
So: modest amounts of walking, set exercises and some hot / cold packs on the knee being the regime du jour.
Maybe camping for our week-long break wasn’t the best idea – lots of fun, really relaxing – but my knee didn’t thank me. But we wanted a return trip to Coverack, it’s somewhere we took the kids over the years, always staying at Penmarth Farm.
Other than the addition of WiFi in the pub (not that I needed an excuse to head in there a few times) and the new Village Stores (great fresh coffee) it felt like not much had changed. Scratch the surface and lots has changed of course: new houses, plans to revamp/rebuild the village hall etc but essentially it’s a ‘timeless’ place to spend time.
And thanks to the knee I spent more time sat by the harbour than walking. What I did manage though was great and I’ve added the SWCP to my list of long distance trails to walk one day.
Here are few photos from in and around Coverack and the coastal path itself.