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Day 19 of the Longest Walk

Mawgan Porth to Newquay
Mawgan Porth to Newquay

So we start Day 4 of this weeks adventures and day 19 in total of The Longest Walk.

Yesterday evening we took a stroll down Mawgan Porth Beach and dipped our toes into the, what was quite warm sea, it is quite a flat beach so the sun warms the sand and the sea with it.

We ate at the Merrymoor Inn and I must say we received a very warm welcome and the food and accommodation can be recommended.
WiFi connectivity seemed to be a problem, however after moving to a different spot in our room I found somewhere that did the trick.

Breakfast was a Poached egg and Haddock, a slight change from well my normal choice of a full English and very good it was to. We set off at a leisurely pace, as this was a short hop 7-8 miles we knew it wouldn’t take long, and I’ll be honest I wasn’t looking forward that much to the visit in Newquay, but more on that later.

The views from Mawgan Porth to Stem Point were much as they had been during the second half of yesterday, as we climbed out of the town and up the path, we stopped and chatted to some holiday makers, and we all agreed that we liked Mawgan Porth and the people were extremely friendly.
Carrying on round we found ourselves crossing a small footbridge, I spotted a path heading down to Griffin’s Point, (there is a photo looking back to Berryl’s Point) this was extremely fortuitous. We had already seen seals a couple of times, but as does everyone what we really liked to see were Dolphins, for some reason we hung about here and I suddenly noticed something around 200 mrs out to sea, we grabbed the binoculars and a small number of Dolphins were making there way South along the coast, this made our day just had only really just begun.

When we got to the Northern tip of Watergate Bay, we decided to take a steep path down to the beach, as I’ve mentioned before if we can walk along the beach we will do so, this path close to Stresse Cliff is not for the faint of heart and it did take a little longer than perhaps we’d have liked, but better safe than sorry. Having done the climb down we were rewarded with a long stroll before getting to the Hotel and Lifeguard spotter all the surfers and swimmers were enjoying themselves, and where we had to climb back up and rejoin the path. Before doing this though I took some time watching some Kite Wind Surfers and you’ll see a shot in the Photo’s Page. I also took another 360 at this point which you’ll find here.

we carried on and took a rest and a drink at the southern end of Watergate Bay high on the cliff watching the sea for any creature, watching the seagulls doing lots of aero acrobatics and the pin pricks of people along the beach, I took a shot from here looking north along the beach which you’ll find on the Photo’s Page.

Carrying on downward toward Newquay, I was in two minds about this as the previous visits we had made to the town were rather disappointing and I thought the place was run down, and a bit of a dive if I’m honest, however that was some time ago and Newquay seems to have changed, and I’m rather sad we hadn’t given it more time before. From the 360 I took at Travelogue Head to the 360 at Towan Head we found the people friendly the town clean and the beaches lovely. The Harbour was in full use mainly by holiday makers and leisure boaters, but there are plenty of fishing boats and also plenty of trips that can be taken. A selection of photo’s again in the usual place, and I’d recommend a wander round Newquay where’s once I’d have steered away. We actually spent another 5 hours wandering round and taking in the odd Rattler Cider, certainly at the complex beside the National Surfing Centre over looking Fristal Beach.

So after leaving the Hotel this morning and only after a short stop to drop off our bags in the after noon we didn’t get back into our B&B proper until 19:15, a long day out, and we were feeling bushed Happy
One of the reasons I put the total time out is just to show that you can spend a long time out wandering about even after you’ve done your ‘days’ walk!

If you have been thinking about doing a long distance walk, certainly in the UK then look online for a company like Lets Go Walking as they take the strain out of organising the accommodation and transfer of luggage and you, and the experience is well worth the effort of the walking.

*SWCP = South West Coastal Path

Pictures can be found here.
I will also add some short unedited clips of the Time Lapse walk on the video Page.

A few stats.
2 hours 30 mins walking. Total This week 16 Hours 40 mins
Total Walk 131 hours 14 mins
15.47 miles Distance, including extra walks to beaches and to the ends of any points we visited.
Total This week 54.14 Miles
Total Walk 239.02 Miles

Semi Official Data
This week total height climbed: 7,831ft (2,387m)
Official Mileage from Minehead to Current Location-
Distance: 191.5 miles
Estimated time: 95.30 hours
Total height climbed: 37,926ft (11,560m)

Total time out including stops photo opportunity, enjoying tea and cake, 9 hours 45 mins. Total this week 29 hours 10 mins. Total walk time out 159 hours 48 mins.
An extra piece of info from my Fitbit total Steps = 33726 including extra walks to beaches and to the ends of any points we visited.
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