There were only fishermen, workmen and some early morning swimmers out...
This cove was once the site of a pilchard business, (called a 'seine' - 3 boats, 2 nets and a fish cellar where the pilchards were processed) and more tin mining. I thought it was a lovely spot.
This bridge had been re-made after the storm damage, there were tracks from the diggers etc, it must have been difficult work as access was very tricky.
When I was at college, I came here. It was the first time I had ever abseiled and I was scared stiff, as the sea was crashing far below, but I was in safe hands.
You can see a couple standing on the cliff top! I didn't climb all the way up there, just the pink coloured section!
The path was very tricky and uneven and a real scramble in places, we caught glimpses of a beach up ahead and I decided I hadn't paddled at all yet on the walk, so I would do it here, despite the challenge of drying feet and getting back into my boots etc!! I was so hot and tired, and the white sand and turquoise sea was so inviting :-)
You knew there was going to be a 'however' didn't you? As we descended the path, there was this notice...
... I could hardly believe it... and the sand was SO inviting...Portheras Cove
Tim had visited this beach years ago and it had just been boulders and stones,
the depth of sand was amazing, and the stream cut into it as we watched... beautiful :-)
I hope you enjoy this video.
After Portheras we walked on to Pendeen Watch,Pendeen Watch
where there is another lighthouse, and sat and had some food, before walking on to Botallack via Geevor and Lelant Mines. We looked out for choughs but to no avail, by now we were very tired and were glad to stop.
We caught the bus into St Just, went for a hot chocolate, tea and carrot cake - very nice.
About to go and make my Chrstmas cake ...
... it's in the oven, :-) so just time to finish off this entry...
After catching bus back to Penzance and a shower in the Youth Hostel before the school kids got back, we returned to The Alverne for another lovely meal. We plumped for a starter and a pud for Tim, a frangipane which was so delicious he also wanted to skip down the road!
The restaurant had a lovely welcoming atmosphere and a lounge area where you could sit by the fire - my pic does not do it justice.
We'd walked about 9 or so miles on the coast, but it had been a hard path, for me harder than yesterdays which Tim had found difficult. Parts were scrambling over boulders etc, but the final section had been on the gravel roads of the tin mines, and they make your legs ache! We had been blessed with wonderful weather again and were beginning to look a little tanned!