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Day 20 of the Longest Walk

Newquay to Perranporth
Newquay to Perranporth

Day 5 of this weeks adventures and day 20 in total of The Longest Walk.

So although there are plenty of place to eat in Newquay, after all the big breakfasts and evening meals we spotted a bakery that also did take away salads, as our room at the Aquarius had a small fridge we took advantage and having only got in quite late after spending a long time out and about we ate in our room with drinks (I do like that Rattler Cider now Happy) and enjoyed a film.

The day started well and with clear (well almost) skies we headed out at 8:45 am, we went early as we knew it was a slightly longer walk and there looked liked a few places that we may want to take a break at. Before leaving I of course had a Full English and I can again recommend the breakfast at the Aquarius B&B, although I have to say the room we were in certainly had an interesting toilet, as is was tiled with mirrored tiles, hum interesting Happy

As I’ve said previously we like to walk along the beach when at all possible and at the moment the tides are on our side for being out n the morning’s, so we dropped down onto the beach at Tolcarne Beach and headed along toward the harbour which is where we headed back up to get back onto the ‘official’ path, we then headed round toward Fistral Beach and as the tide was out well you can guess what action we did. I have to say that if you do take the beach alternative, some planning ahead is always advisable, make sure that you can get back up to the path, we have not yet been majorly caught out, however later today we did find that we needed to head back inshore, more later.

We headed round Pentire Point East thinking as we passed Lewennick House would be a nice place to live.
Once we got round and overlooked Crantock Beach we were expecting to have to wander back up to grab the ferry or cross the footbridge, however we found that the river at this low tide was easy to get over, this somewhat surprised us, but with the low tide the river spread out almost like a mini delta across the beach, if you are able to do this I advise you take off your boots to cross the beach though.

We kept our shoes off all the way round to Porth Joke, not advisable if you are not used to walking bear foot,. We reached Porth Joke which is only reachable by foot, there are no Car Parks at the beach itself, we can highly recommend this beach and this is where we took time out and had lunch.

After carrying on and capturing a Kestrel that was hunting along the path as we headed to Kelsey Head, we took another short break at the head itself and watched a couple of seals enjoying themselves around The Chick a small island.
From here on the views were spectacular and walking round and seeing Holywell Bay for the first time was wonderful again we got down to the beach as soon as we could and walked along the beach, this is where we thought we could climb a rock and continue on the path, however the rock was not actually connected to the mainland, and we headed back down and had to head back up the beach to find a crossing, we didn’t want to take our boots off again as we knew we would have to put them straight back on after crossing the water.
We headed on past the MoD and some most peculiar devices at the top of the Penhale Point, and along this stretch we spotted some discarded mines the views and scenery was wonderful, you are directed somewhat as the MoD land of your left hand side, if your heading Southward, encourages you not to enter, off course, we headed on to Ligger Point and Perran Sands came into view, on a Blue Skied Clear day all I can say is wow, probably too many wow’s today. We headed down again pretty sharpish and walked along the beach, we were hoping to be able to walk round Cotty’s Point, but we knew the tide was against us, and we had to walk up and over Carn Clew, when we got over the top and Perranporth and the beach came into view we were amazed at the number of people in the sea and on the beach, it was packed with families having loads of fun on the beach and in the sea.
We reached our B&B around 4:30 and took a welcome cup of tea before sorting our kit out and later having a cream tea.

We settled in to our place of residence for the next 3 nights, this week had ended but for the first time we would continue the walk on Sunday, so watch out for more updates soon Happy

*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.
7 hours 45 mins walking. Total This week 24 Hours 25 mins
Total Walk 138 hours 59 mins
17.38 miles Distance, including extra walks to beaches and to the ends of any points we visited.
Total This week 71.52 Miles
Total Walk 256.40 Miles

Semi Official Data
This week total height climbed: 10,081ft (3,073m)
Official Mileage from Minehead to Current Location-
Distance: 214.5 miles
Estimated time: 101.05 hours
Total height climbed: 39,826ft (12,139m)

Total time out including stops photo opportunity, enjoying tea and cake, 9 hours 15 mins. Total this week 38 hours 25 mins. Total walk time out 169 hours 01 mins.
An extra piece of info from my Fitbit total Steps = 39020 including extra walks to beaches and to the ends of any points we visited.
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