In which: I return to Polperro’s narrow streets ● an island is indecisively named ● a seal is remembered ● gorse and bluebells brighten my day ● I dodge golf balls but no firing
Date: 14 April 2017 Time of walk: 0935 to 1640 Today’s walking: 24.8 km Progress along SWCP: 24.5 km Estimated ascent: 980 metres
So after a two-year gap, I’ve returned to walk a bit more of the Coast Path. Most of my visits have been using luggage transfer services, staying in a guest-house for a night, and having someone move my bag further along the Path while I’m walking for a few hours. I did a few days during a week’s holiday with Lucy and the dogs, a formula I hope to return to one day. But this year I’ve rented myself a little apartment in Plymouth, and am doing four days walking, two either side of Plymouth, making use of a combination of my car, buses, ferries and taxis. It requires a little more planning, but does have the ease of a central base to return to, a place that’s home where I can make packed lunches and keep stuff in the fridge, where I don’t have the hassle of finding something appropriate to eat out every night when I really just want something light. And I could bring a little more stuff with me in the car, more easily than on the train.