Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Portscatho to Portloe (8th Mar)

Same again if you don't mind... we walked this from Portloe to Portscatho and I'll write it that way;
I'm tempted to upload a little film I took from the top of Nare Head, not so much for you to see the view, but so you can hear the wind and see why we chose to walk this way!
(I forgot to put this in yesterday - near Place house - I think you like Camellias Big A?)
We parked at Tregony and caught the bus to Portloe, such an amazing little place,
so typical of a Cornish fishing village. Houses all jumbled on top of one another and a tiny harbour.
The pathway out of Portloe is steep and winding,
the vegetation looks almost artificially contoured but this is the work of nature! We had gorgeous weather again,
blue sky and sea and a warm sun when out of the bitterly cold easterly wind.
We were a little bit early for the daffodil fields,
but they were almost out!
A big sea was running again,
and at The Straythe we were close to it and we got the full effect!
From here walked around a headland into Kilberick Cove,
with Nare Head in the distance. This was stunning,
and had a beautiful 'slip' field which seems to have slipped towards the sea once upon a time.
The wind was fierce and creating the most beautiful pattern of swell around Gull Rock;
I was disapointed that this is not quite in focus but the swell pattern was beautiful... it was almost impossible to hold the camera still on this section! Nare Head is another the site which bears the scars wartime activity; it was used like Nare Point near the Helford as a decoy to attract bombing away from Falmouth and was the site of a Nuclear Observation Bunker that is now looked after by the National Trust.This was the entrance!
When we turned the corner at Nare Head and gained its protection it was a different world. We walked down to Tregeagle's Hole (the giant... you remember...?) and found our narrow path blocked by a little flock of sheep. The single file path is close to the cliff edge and we didn't want to scare them into danger so we went gently down this section, eventually they turned off our path but as soon as we had passed them by, they returned to the cliff path

and I managed to snap them!
The path then took us onto very familiar territory,
then Pendower,
on to Porthbean
and round Pothcurnick beach
into Portscatho itself where we caught the bus back to Tregony.
On the way home from Tregony we stopped at Cornelly Church with its leaning tower, and this old tombstone;
and then visited Golden,
which was one of Mum's favourite places to walk to from Probus. All in all it was a beautiful day :-) and here is that video for you to sample the wind!


  1. Goodness, it was windy for you, and that tree pruned by the wind told it all. What a beautiful day you had again and all those old haunts. Lovely.
    xx Jeannie

  2. Thanks for the camellias! It's coming up to the anniversary of last year's visit to Trewithen, where I just about OD'd on camellias. More lovely pics.

  3. Anonymous meriel

    Lovely pictures of the coast line and villages. A bit different from the North Yorkshire villages we saw last week - the sea shore makes such a lot of difference but the sentiment is the same!

  4. anonymous Meriel said

    Forgot to mention a couple of minutes ago that I listened to the video with the wind. Sounded exactly like it did here in York yesterday

    Love M xx