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Back on the Path

I was dazed from a lack of sleep as I wandered out of Newquay Airport to be met by Simon, on his knees, bearing a Cornish pastie, the traditional welcome. We'd planned to continue walking more of the South West Coast Footpath, and so, after a day or two of rest, we set off in the van for Par. It was a hot, sunny day as we parked at Par Sands and set off determinedly across the beach, which was busy with people sunbathing, towards Polkerris. The path then climbed up into the hills until we reached Gribbin Head, and decided that we deserved a lunch break next the massive daymark tower. The view was beautiful, and just downhill from us was where Daphne Du Marier once lived, and the inspiration for Alfred Hitchcock's film, The Birds when one day she watched a flock of seagulls swooping around a tractor.

The path hugged the grass-topped cliffs until it brought us into the pretty town of Fowey. Here, we had to catch a passenger ferry across the estuary, which, needless to say, we'd just missed, so, with time to spare, we wandered through the town, which, as it was summer, was busy with tourists sitting around eating ice cream. Eventually, the ferry came and, although we were getting low on food and drinking water, we walked past the shop on the other side of the river where we were dropped off. This would turn out to be the last shop we would pass that day.

After Fowey River we climbed almost vertically up the steep hill of Polruan, the houses sitting almost on top of each other on the slope. This turned out to be the beginning of the toughest part of the day's walk; from here the path climbed up cliffs then dropped down to sea level over and over again. The scenery was stunning, with rugged cliffs, and isolated sandy coves, but it was tough going in the heat, especially with our water running low.

Simon and I were both very glad when, as day turned to evening, we rounded the final point and saw Polperro ahead of us. We went straight into a pub which bore the wonderful signs; Dog Friendly, and, No Prams or Pushchairs, on the door, and relaxed our aching limbs over a nice, cold pint.

of Fowey section
Map of Polkerris to Fowey section
Photo guide to this section


What an excelent couple of days walking
thanks Bron.
We really do have some of the most
beautiful coast line in the world and
amazingly so few people there to
appreciate it....still their loss ;)



yeah, fantastic coastline CD
looking forward to the next time!


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