South West Coast Path: Portloe to Mevagissey

In which: the weather is better than yesterday ● Wales comes to Devon ● I find time for cake and ice cream ● granite seeks to provide encouragement while ponies look on ● St Just does have much room ● the suns shines on Mevagissey

Date: 4 April 2015
Time of walk: 0820 to 1535
Today’s walking: 18.9 km
Progress along SWCP: 18.9 km
Estimated ascent: 800 metres

A last look back at the harbour and houses of Portloe
Climbing from Portloe
Portholland – the hamlet has been turned into a Welsh village for filming of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. It has been augmented by four houses, a fully functioning pub, a fake village shop and a second post office, and the graveyard by the sea for the purposes of filming which is set to run for several weeks.
Caerhays Castle – I didn’t visit, but did stop at the nearby beach café at Porthluney Cove for a nice piece of cake and a drink.
Looking past the rocky Greeb Point to Dodman Point, further away than it looks, but a key milestone for today’s walk.
Climbing away from Hemmick Beach
A stone cross, helpfully named Stone Cross on my Ordnance Survey map, on Dodman Point. My guide book advised me it is made of granite but offered no further information. The words on its base say “In the firm hope of the second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and for the encouragement of those who strive to serve Him, this Cross is erected A.D. 1856.” The views stretch back past the island of Gull Rock and its nearby Nare Head, to Zone Point and St Anthony Head to the left of the cross, with the coast of Cornwall beyond stretching towards The Lizard
Dartmoor ponies help to improve the vegetation mix at Dodman Point
Looking down on Gorran Haven
The harbour at Gorran Haven. A good spot for an ice cream.
The extremely narrow church of St Just in Gorran Haven
Approaching Colona Beach, and the sun is shining at last.
Colona Beach and the buildings on Chapel Point as I near Mevagissey. The weather is warming up – maybe I should have brought my shorts.
Mevagissey. I’m staying on the other side of the road behind me, so this is essentially the view for breakfast in the morning – and the view from my bathroom.
Mevagissey harbour during an evening wander

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