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Constantine Bay to Newquay

Simon and I set off from the wonderfully named Booby's Bay (or Constantine Bay) late on a Saturday afternoon, and after walking next to the sandy shore for a while, climbed high up onto the cliffs. As it was the weekend and we'd been walking for over twenty minutes, we felt we deserved a beer break, and sat on a bench, drinking and looking down the stunning, rugged coastline. It was an easy walk to Portcothan Bay, where we'd left the other car, and, as we were both starving by this time, decided that a visit to Rick Stein's fish and chip shop in Padstow was required.

As usual, the fish and chips were amazing - really the best fish and chips I've had anywhere. With a wide selection of different fish, it's somewhere between a regular fish and chip shop and a fish restaurant - you can either get a takeaway from the counter, or pay a couple of pounds more and have table service. We decided to splash out, and sat down to a lovely meal and a couple of pints.

After a night of stealth camping in the van right down by the beach at Constantine Bay, we woke to a wonderful view across the sands before driving back to Porthcothan to continue the walk. It was still early when we began walking, with a cold wind blowing behind us as we made our way around the cove and up the cliffs. Again, the views were stunning as we were high up, looking out across the sea.

Stumbling up the steep hill to the National Trust land of Carnewas, we found a gem of a tearoom there inside an old cottage. After waiting in the cold for a while, they opened up early to let us in, serving fantastic bacon sandwiches, and lovely home-made cake that was the highlight of my day.

We continued along the cliff-top path with full stomachs, passing people kite-surfing below is in Watergate Bay, and I felt it was one of the most enjoyable parts of the path we'd walked so far. Finally, we reached the run-down suburbs of Newquay, but thanks to Simon following the guidebook, we realised that as it was low tide, we could go down to the beach at Lusty Glaze, and follow it around the cliff bottom, avoiding going through Newquay itself.

After so much lovely walking in the countryside, we realised just how much we dislike Newquay, and this was compounded when we returned to the car we'd parked there to find that someone had attacked both of it's wing mirrors.


A lovely couple of days walk on the south west coast foot path.


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