Coverack South West Coastal Path views

Coverack and some of the South West Coastal Path

“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.

Coverack South West Coastal Path
The coastal path around the Coverack area

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 🙂

Standing Stone Circle Boscawen-Ün
The stone circle at Boscawen-Ün. Even the short walk from the road through a couple of fields to get to it was a bit of a slow one for me. pah. Well worth it though to be the only person there, contemplating the people that built it and their motivations and culture. Shot on a wide angle lens so a bit distorted at the edges.

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.

Coverack South West Coastal Path views
Anita near Chynalls point. Which houses the remains (hard to discern till you get your eye in) of an Iron age fort / banked settlement. I did most of the inland ancient site bothering on my own but this was near enough the beach / shop / campsite kettle for her 😉
Coverack South West Coastal Path views
Always lots to look at in the harbour (or in some of the others that punctuate the South West Coastal path).
Coverack South West Coastal Path views with seagull
The gull being as active as I was.
Coverack South West Coastal Path views
We saw a few of these –  a male stonechat – along the coastal path
Coverack South West Coastal Path views
We saw a handful of grey seal along the path, around Lowland Point
Coverack South West Coastal Path views
There were a few ‘wild’ horses along the path, used to keep some of the vegetation in check. Not the same as the Shetland ponies on Chynalls Point used by the National Trust though. Maybe these guys eat different plants that need controlling?
Coverack South West Coastal Path views
Looking back towards Coverack from the path
Coverack South West Coastal Path Buzzard
I saw what I’m pretty sure were buzzards a couple of times above the path and also inland near the campsite.
Coverack South West Coastal Path views
The view from Coverack harbour wall .. my knee-resting place of choice.

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