In which: there are more ups and downs and ups and downs ● puffins have perished ● a rocky valley is a delight ● Tintagel modern and ancient looms large ● quarries add to the landscape ● Trebarwith Strand provides a traditional seaside Sunday lunch ● a rock fall necessitates a diversion ● Trewetha hosts an Ashes thriller
Date: 25 August 2013 Time of walk: 0905 to 1720 Today’s walking: 22.3 km Progress along SWCP: 21.4 km Estimated ascent: 1290 metres
I went out to the shop to re-provision but found that while it was open, their bread hadn’t yet been baked, so I waited for a while, had breakfast, and then went back to the shop to get my supplies for the day.
From here I descended to Trebarwith Strand where I got an ice-cold drink and some freshly made doughnuts for my Sunday lunch – delicious, and helped power me up the long steep slope away from the beach.
From this ascent, I descended again to streams and reascended to the next headland – four more times, making seven valleys crossed this afternoon since Trebarwith Strand. This is why this section of the path is labelled “severe” on the South West Coast Path Assocation’s website.
At the farm I am greeted warmly and shown to my very comfortable room. I am zonked after three hard days’ walking, and lie on the bed listening to the final day of the fifth test in the Ashes, where Australia had made a very sporting declaration leaving England to get 227 in 40 overs – the type of declaration that seems to happen so rarely in test cricket, but one which gave both England and Australia chance of victory where earlier in the day it seemed certain to be a draw. England played fairly positively but in the end fell 21 runs short.
Despite my rest while listening to the cricket, I was still very tired, and I decided that I couldn’t face another walk down the hill into Port Isaac and another back again for some food, so made do with a few odds and ends I had in my bag and turned in early.