13 significant, steep hills: successfully climbed; 4 ungainly, slippery spills: thus rendered on the behind

The insanest chunk of the Coast Path trip thus far this morning.  Fickle Cornish weather moved from yesterday’s gentle, bright, windless peace to violent, gusting rain hurtled from the landward side.  Meant for some pretty ‘exciting’ times on the clifftops.  The first section of today’s route from Port Isaac eastward, turning north around the bay to Trebarwith Strand included multiple steep descents and immediate accents.  A few of the early downward trips were considerably mud-slick slippery, hence the spills.  A couple of places got the adrenaline flowing proper with sudden and sporadic seaward wind gusts over narrow trail or wooden walkways, high above sheer drops down to the frothing surf and dark grey, jagged rocks below. Not for the faint of heart them.





Things calmed a tad towards Tintagel, best thought of for all things Arthurian.  Through a short tin mining area before winding around the remnants of the castle.  Plenty of towering rock faces and swirling waters to look down on.




Then around the corner to head east again through the aptly-named Rocky Valley, a stunning natural cut through the rock with rushing water below.  Thence to Boscastle via Willapark and its lonely lookout turret, once known as the ‘Pleasure House’, although no one seems to know exactly why.  Humans have been using this headland as a lookout for some time now:  settlements apparently stretching back to 200 years BC.


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