Cornish ChallengeAs we went for breakfast we were in high spirits as the end was now in sight! I think the German couple sitting near us were mystified as to why we were in hysterics; Helen had asked for more toast and our host had brought us out a whole fresh rack, which there was no way we would be able to eat, so Helen hit on the solution of hiding a slice in a serviette to be taken back to the room and hidden discreetly in the bin! It’s a British thing, obviously…

We still had a long walk today so caught the bus back to the coast and resumed the Coast Path. Today was another day of climbing and descending into rocky coves and dramatic headlands, although not as difficult as the first two days. Or maybe it felt easier as the weather was so warm and sunny.

This is a delightful stretch of the path, with little hidden gems such as Gunwalloe and Mullion Coves, where a cannon perched prominently at the top of the cliff made an essential photo stop.

Well it had to be done!!

Well it had to be done!!

Parts of the path passed through areas of what felt like exposed moorland, and as we approached the spectacular and popular Kynance Cove there were many more people using the path. We stopped for a rather expensive lunch of jacket potatoes and re-dressed feet. Kynance is split into two beaches, which we had to cross and which can be cut off at high tide, but luckily we’d timed it right.

Kynance Cove

Kynance Cove

As we rounded The Lizard, the scenery became increasingly dramatic- sheer cliffs plunging to small secluded beaches far below. We started to worry about the time; I tried to contact the Bed and Breakfast but had accidentally thrown their contact details away when I had discarded my rain sodden notes in favour of Helen’s fresh ones.

Round The Lizard

Round The Lizard

Tiring now, we plodded on towards Cadgwith, where the path became slightly easier, and bought a coffee from the gift shop. Walking now seemed much more of an effort and Helen’s knee was hurting, she had injured this on the Pride of the Peak walk and it has since turned  out to be a much more serious injury than we realised at the time.

Cadgwith

Cadgwith

As we stumbled downhill into Kennack Sands, we were expecting Coverack to be another couple of miles further on, but to our utter dismay we passed a sign informing us it was in fact another 5 ½ miles! Completely exhausted and despondent, we noticed that the café was fortunately still open. As we purchased sandwiches for tea, a couple were using the pay phone to order a taxi back to Lizard village. Helen and I exchanged glances and the decision was made… we enjoyed a hot drink outside in the evening sun whilst we waited for the taxi to come back for us and take us to our Bed and Breakfast…

Kennack Sands

Kennack Sands

Cheating? Maybe just a little but we had had enough and risked not checking into our Bed and Breakfast on time… plus our intention was to walk 80 miles of the South West Coast Path and we actually clocked up 88 miles!

We did explore picturesque Coverack next day, before heading back to St Ives on a mammoth three bus trip, which was depressing in that it took the bus a matter of minutes to cover distances it had taken us all day to travel on foot!

All in all it was a grand adventure- made even better with someone to share it with!

Coverack

Coverack

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