Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Looe to Portwrinkle (15th March)

... 5th post ... ( see the last one for explanation!)

Beginning our walk with a drive and bus or train trip was becoming familiar,

Tim's itinerary!

today was no different with a drive to Liskeard and that lovely little branch line trip back to Looe.

The tide was out this morning - such a contrast, this is where the gig was training yesterday. I think I've said before that I didn't expect to enjoy this part of the coast as much,

but there had been stunning views. Looe is very pretty and the path around Polperro had been magnificent but we became quite depressed by the next part as we reached Millendreath. On the map it just says 'Holiday Village', in the book it calls it 'entertainment complex'. It is simply awful, and very depressing. We wondered if we would enjoy today's walk at all! We rounded the next corner rather disconsolantly and began a little climb which closely followed a new fence. Looking up, we spotted something to cheer us...

this next picture may make you feel a little unbalanced but somehow captures it and we felt so much better.

The labyrinth is only newly constructed but made us smile! I walked it... Tim watched :-). From here the path took us to Seaton through some beautiful woods which cheered us even more. Here we walked along the beach all the way to Downderry. Looking back along the beach showed the contrast in weather. We walked in sunshine the whole day, but huge clouds loomed just inland. Walking along the beach gave us the small mystery of the 'staircase to nowhere'.

These concrete steps were completely isolated with no sign of anything around; it was only as we walked further on that we saw the explanation!

There has clearly been a huge amount of erosion over the years... not the safest of places for your house and garden! From Downderry the path climbs solidly up to Battern Cliffs which is the highest point on the southern Cornish coast.

Since we began our walk back in Feb 09 Tim could often be heard muttering, 'I can see tomorrow' as we looked along the coastline... here though, it was 'I can see yesterday' because the headland we could see in the distance was Rame Head, and because of the demands of bus services etc we had walked that final section already!
The path wended through gorse covered cliffs towards Portwrinkle (what wonderful names eh?)
I put this next pic in just because I like it though I'm not quite sure why?

The path took us along, high up with views in land across to Plymouth

on to Portwrinkle. This is a sweet little place with a minute harbour,
and an amazingly named loo - couldn't resist!
The path then crossed a golf course { :-)}to the bus stop at Crafthole where we waited to be whisked back to the car at Liskeard.


  1. Well done, Ruthie. You put me to shame.

    Loved the toilet. A friend has been plotting a children's story based around a spider who lives in a toilet. The spider is called Armitage Shanks, which is a brand name here. Kinda conjures up those bristly legs, doesn't it?

    Beware falling golf balls! And the horizontally travelling driven ones!!

  2. Yes, shame on Papa! He must have something to post about . . .
    I like that tangled photo through the wire fence of the trees as well, I think it's all the busy lines and tangle of textures.
    Great name for a loo, ours is very dull, called Caroma!
    Wish I could go walking those hills with Rooey on my back, but I think it would be hard going up some of the steep bits!
    We've been doing lots of walking with him in the carrier, mostly he goes on my back now, but sometimes I switch it around and carry him on the front like I did when he was little. Like when we were out walking in Texas! Under such difference trees . . .

  3. Ha, word verification cologie, must be something fancy you put in the loo to help in smell better!