The last week of walking has been tough, but today was an easy day – the first since my inland journey around the Taw & Torridge estuaries…
Leaving the campsite I made my way back through Padstow, stopping for a quick breakfast, then leaving the north quay and joining the Coast Path.
As I followed the path out of Padstow, I had some terrific views over the Camel Estuary from Gun Point. The path then left the estuary behind and followed the coast south, coming to Stepper Point and a rather large stone tower (which I'm not entirely sure was originally used for).
From here much of the walk followed low cliffs running along the back of many beaches. 7 large ones in total – Trevone Bay, Harlyn Bay, Mother Ivey's Bay, Booby's Bay, Constantine Bay, Treyarnon Bay & Porthcothan Beach. This was not without the many little coves along the way too.
These were some of the best beaches I have ever seen, each very tempting indeed. The weather today was great too, meaning a very pleasant walk, though quite tiring due to the distance and the heat.
Some of the highlights other than the beaches included Butter Hole – where the cliffs had come away from the land, Trevose Lighthouse at the top of Trevose Head, and the old fish cellars at Constantine – with the inscription of LUCRI DULCIS ODOR on the doors here(meaning 'sweet is the smell of riches!').
When eventually making it to my campsite in Portcothan – an old strawberry farm, I demolished my Rick Stein pasty which I had bought in Padstow earlier (I couldn't afford to go to his restaurant there, so the pasty was my consolation – and it was good!). Had a bit of a rest and now I'm just about to head down to the nearby pub for a bite to eat.
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