Day 09: 01 Apr 2014; St Teath to St Gennys
|Date||Tue 01 Apr 2014||Start to end time||08h 43m|
|Start point||St Teath||End point||St Gennys|
|Miles today||17.78||Cu miles||177.46|
|Ft today||4,712||Cu ft||32,479|
|Route miles left||1,294.39||Route ft left||161,884|
|Today’s weather||Bright and sunny pretty much all day. No rain. Brisk north easterly wind. About 13 C|
(the red cross in a circle shows where I am at the moment)
|GPX based track of today’s walk
(click here to access to access downloadable file)
“This was probably the best day’s walking so far. The weather was great – sunny and bright from the start, and no rain. The scenery was fantastic, too – so much so that I almost didn’t notice the massive hills up and down the coastline that I was ascending. And – rather more painfully for the knees – descending.
I headed straight from the campsite to the coast path then walked north along the path to Tintagel. On the way I passed through a place called Treknow, which seemed unusually apt, given my venture, depending on how you pronounced it!
Tintagel itself was spectacular – King Arthur’s castle ruins on a rocky island accessible by bridge. I elected not to visit, but instead found a cafe and stocked up on tea and flapjack. I then plodded on to Boscastle which was the most spectacular section of the walk – high cliffs, with great black gashes hewn into them by the sea. There was a lot of hard up and down to cover, but the views made up for it. Eventually, though, by the end of the afternoon I was getting a bit footsore so I got onto a country lane and took that all the way to the campsite, at St Gennys, via Crackington.
The main practical problem I am having at the moment is that as well as having one of my credit cards blocked because of the Pirates, my other one has now broken in half. Luckily I have enough cash to get me through the next few days but I am sincerely hoping that my new card comes through in time for my meeting up with friends from home, at Wooacombe. I have fixed the broken one with duct tape (being prepared of course I have a roll with me) but it won’t go in chip and pin machines anymore. Hmm…
And finally I should say a note of thanks to my hosts, Mr and Mrs Slade, at Coxford Meadow campsite. They have kindly given me free-of charge use of their self-catering annex, so I am under a roof, rather than canvas tonight. It’s absolutely brilliant and I am most grateful!
PS – tomorrow’s blog may be delayed – I am staying at the remote Elmscott Youth Hostel, north of Bude – and I don’t think it’s got food, let alone WiFi. So it should be an interesting new experience all round – but there could be a delay before I can post all the gory details!