South West Coast Path: Lizard to Kuggar

In which: three dogs accompany me ● we start heading north ● the path is diverted as a lifeboat-station lift moves ● we escape the Devil’s Frying Pan

Date: 21 April 2011
Time of walk: 0930 to 1215
Today’s walking: 8.8 km
Progress along SWCP: 8.7 km
Estimated ascent: 500 metres

In order to create a bit more time for Lucy and I to do some of the things we wanted to do together during our week away, I decided to make today’s walk a morning walk. Lucy dropped me off at the Lizard lifeboat station, this time with all three dogs for company, which made for somewhat slower going as I needed to care for three dogs on the cliff-tops, including use of the leads where necessary, and while George has a lot of commonsense, the cavaliers seem more deficient in that department, and in particular kept wanting to chew grass at the extreme edges even when told to come closer.
Fog-horns on the Lizard Lighthouse
There were lots of lovely flowers on today’s walk
The four of us descending to cross a little stream at Housel Cove
I spent quite a while trying to get a good photo of the three of them, but they aren’t good at looking at the camera without one of them deciding to chew grass, looking around, or coming back to say hello.
George’s behaviour was different too; he spent less time running ahead and more time at my heels with the other two
The restored Lizard Wireless Station.
Lloyd’s Signal Station was where incoming ships were given visual orders about their next movements
Approaching the lifeboat station at Kilcobben Cove; although new in 1961 when the station was moved from Polpeor Cove to be more sheltered here, it is now being rebuilt to house a new larger lifeboat and associated modern facilities.
As we got ready to take the diversion of the Coast Path around the construction site, the lift down the hillside started to move down.
I met Lucy nearby and we walked to Church Cove where she took the cavaliers away and George and I continued.
A marker presumably associated with the lifeboat station
A sea arch, a prelude of more dramatic things to come.
More flowers lining the cliffs
This sea arch and collapsed sea cave is Hugga Driggee, renamed by the Victorians as the Devil’s Frying Pan
The path then wound its way downhill into Cadgwith, a very scenic fishing village
Looking back on Cadgwith; George found more of his admirers on the climb out of the village, a group of women exclaiming delightedly about his fluffy feet, and comparing his eyelashes favourably with one of their group.
After more cliff-top walking we descended to Poltesco where we crossed a stream and found these old Serpentine works
Looking along Thorny Cliff to the beach below Kuggar. Our route lay along the little golf course of a holiday camp, and took us out onto the road, a short distance along which George and I found Lucy and the cavaliers.

And so ends another visit to the South West Coast Path, one which means I’ve now walked about 30% of the path. With having enjoyed our holiday here so much, we may return in future for more day-walks, so I expect the next time I come on my own I will return to the north coast where, at the time of writing, eight or nine days remain to be walked.


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