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Ringwood & Fordingbridge Footpath Society

  Crantock Bay Walking Holiday 27th April-2nd May 2008
          organised and led by Ruth our Chairman

 

RUTH'S ACCOUNT OF THIS YEAR'S WALKING HOLIDAY

This year, for the third year running, our annual walking holiday was based at the excellent Crantock
Bay Hotel, near Newquay. The Hotel is situated right above the beach and all of the front rooms enjoy a marvellous panoramic view of the whole of the bay as can be seen from the photos below.

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View of Crantock Bay taken from bedroom window.
Photo submitted by Margaret L

View of Crantock Bay taken from bedroom window.     
Photo submitted by Margaret L

On arrival, we once again walked from the hotel in a south westerly direction along the coastal path, returning on an
inland route. Good views were enloyed from Pentire and Penhale Points

Assembling in the hotel car park for the start of the
walk
to Pentire and Penhale Points
Photo submitted by Chris

Photo submitted by Chris



Photo submitted by Chris

Photo submitted by Chris

Photo submitted by Chris

Photo submitted by Chris

Photo submitted by Chris. (He didn't take it though!)

 
The next day, most of the group took the ferry from Padstow to Rock and walked through the sand dunes and Daymar Bay golf course to St Enodoc's church which for many years had been covered by the sand dunes . It is the burial place of Sir John Betjeman and his grave can be seen in the churchyard. Most of us walked on to Polzeath for coffee. Some of the group left at this stage but many of us walked on along the coastal path to the Rumps, returning through farmland. Some managed to enjoy the gastronomic delights of Padstow.


The Padstow ferry

Photo submitted by Margaret L



Waiting for
the ferry
Photo submitted by DK



Padstow to Rock

Photo submitted by DK 

 



Photo submitted by DK



Photo submitted by DK 



Padstow Estuary-The coastline from Rock around the
corner towards Daymar Bay

Photo submitted by Margaret L 


The Parish of St Minver - St Enodoc
Church
Photo submitted by Margaret L


St Enodoc Church

Photo submitted by DK


Ruth tells the group about the history of St Enodoc
and
also about Sir John Betjeman's grave

Photo submitted by DK  



Sir John Betjeman's gravestone.
Photo submitted by DK   



Having left St Enodoc, the group makes its way towards
Polzeath

Photo taken by Margaret L


A coffee break in Polzeath
Photo submitted by Chris

Looking back at Polzeath from the Rumps side of the
bay
Photo submitted by Chris

A view of the Rumps Point just north of Polzeath
Photo submitted by Margaret L



This plaque is situated on the cliffs just above the point
where the photo of The Rumps was taken. These
words (used at Remembrance Services) were composed
on these cliffs by Laurence Binyon.

Photo submitted by Maragaret L



Lunch on the way to The Rumps

Photo submitted by Margaret L

Lunch on the way to The Rumps
Photo submitted by Chris

Photo submitted by Chris

 

Photo submitted by Chris

Photo submitted by Margaret L

Photo submitted by Margaret L

Photo submitted by Chris

Tuesday was very mixed as far as weather was concerned. Loe Bar and Lake became an afternoon walk rather than a morning one. In the morning, there was time to explore Marazion and St Michaels Mount where some of us got rather wet.The tide was in and we had a chopppy crossing to the Mount. We were the only visitors! Other members of the party used the excuse of the weather to visit the Tate Gallery and explore St Ives and Trerice House. (N.T.)


St Michaels Mount
Photo submitted by Margaret L


St Michaels Mount Harbour
Photo submitted by Margaret L


View from St Michaels Mount ( looking across at Marazion)
Photo submitted by Margaret L



The group at St Michaels Mount
Photo submitted by Margaret L


Loe Bar
Photo submitted by Chris

Loe Bar
Photo submitted by Chris

Loe Bar
Photo submitted by Chris

Loe Bar
Photo submitted by Chris



Trerice House
Photo submitted by Margaret L


Trerice House gardens

Photo submitted by Margaret L



Trerice House Gardens

Photo submitted by Margaret L


The Trerice collection of old lawnmowers
Photo submitted by Margaret L



The tea room at Trerice
Photo submitted by Margaret L




Photo submitted by Margaret L

Other members of the group took this opportunity to drive to Hale and then walk to Godrevy Point e to find the seals that congregate there


Seals at Godrevy Point

Photo submitted by Martin


Seals at Godrevy Point

Photo submitted by Kelvin
Wednesday started off very wet with a gale howling in from the Atlantic. Quite a few of the group visited Lanhydrock House the magnificent late Victorian National Trust property. In the afternoon, Ruth and Robin arranged a short walk across the headland at Bedruthan Steps. In spite of the hail and gale force winds this was quite exhilarating and was really enjoyed by all those taking part. .


Bedruthan Steps

Photo submitted by DK


Coastal path above Bedruthan Steps

Photo submitted by DK


Cliff path above Bedruthan Steps

Photo submitted by DK



Photo submitted by DK


Sheltering behind the hedge from a passing hailstorm
Photo submitted by Margaret L


On the headland above Bedruthan Steps
Photo submitted by DK
Thursday was our last full day and Cape Cornwall was the starting point for a walk of some 12 miles. We walked from Cape Cornwall to Lands End via Sennen Cove and others chose to join the group at Sennen. The scenery was breath- taking and the walk was the most demanding of the holiday. Some needed and "enjoyed" timely help and support. Because this was a linear walk, a car shuttle was organised.


Cape Cornwall
Photo submitted by DK


Start of the walk from Cape Cornwall
Photo submitted by DK


Photo submitted by Margaret L

Photo submitted by Margaret L



A more difficult part of the SW Coastal Path from Cape
Cornwall

Photo submitted by Margaret L

Photo submitted by Margaret L

Lunchtime at Sennen
Photo submitted by Margaret L

Sennen Cove
Photo submitted by Margaret L



The end of the walk at Lands End
Photo submitted by Margaret L
Friday was our departure day. Some visited King Arthur's Castle at Tintagel although the steep steps to the top left a number of us with aching thigh muscles. Boscastle was the last stop. We had a short walk on the coastal path and took a look at the improvements being made since the flooding


Tintagel
Photo submitted by Margaret L

Tintagel
Photo submitted by Margaret L

Tintagel
Photo submitted by Margaret L

Boscastle
Photo submitted by Margaret L

Boscastle
Photo submitted by Margaret L

BoscastleThrift
Photo submitted by Margaret L

Boscastle
Photo submitted by Margaret L

Boscastle
Photo submitted by Margaret L

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