Walk #339: Mevagissey to Portscatho
Map of the walk
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Part of my aim for today was to get a nice, long distance completed, as I have been rather slack around some of the estuaries in southern Devon and Cornwall and have been doing shorter distances. Now that the days are getting longer and it is not getting dark until five in the afternoon, I can afford to walk for longer, even on these rugged cliffs that I walk at a slower pace. Hopefully if I can get another few long days done it will push up my total mileage quicker, but this depends on the weather as much as anything else.
The first part of this walk was quite tough walking, with lots of little ascents and descents to be made. These were not as bad as yesterday's, however, and the last section of the walk southwestwards from Portloe was much flatter, which allowed me to have a little rest and get some speed up. There should have been some good views available on the first part of the walk, but unfortunately this was not the case due to mist at first and low cloud later on, which at times restricted visibility.
Mentally I found this walk tough. I do not know why, but for one of the few occasions on this trip so far I found myself questioning why I was putting myself through all this. Strangely enough this period of self-doubt occurred not at the end of the walk when I was not tired, but near the beginning. It also soon went, replaced with a strange sense of euphoria and joy. This is very strange, and I have no idea why I went through these strange and contradictory emotions.
Early on in today's walk I had a little slip, in a silly and rather unexpected manner. I was walking on a rather uncomplex but muddy section of path that sloped slightly down to my left when my right foot slipped down and I fell unceremoniously onto my right-hand side. I put my right hand out to stop myself, and I managed to place it on a patch of nettles - the first nettles that I can remember seeing for a long time. Fortunately I did not do myself any lasting harm, and I could continue with the walk as soon as I picked myself up. I did get the side and bottoms of trousers caked in mud, which during he day dried off and I spent a few minutes peeling this dried mud off whilst I ate lunch. Sometimes I find it amazing how I manage to waste time whilst I am on my lunch breaks!
Since we had been out for three nights without staying on a campsite we decided that it would be a good idea if we stayed in one tonight. Sam booked us into one, and it turned out hat it was right beside the South West Coast Path. Today's walk was due to be a long one and so I was unsure if I could manage the little extra distance to the campsite, but as I neared the scheduled end of the walk at Portscatho I phoned her up and told her not to meet me as I would walk to the site. This should save us a little time and hassle in the morning, as it means that I can set of without having to pack everything up in the van to drive the half mile into the village.
Sam shaved my head tonight, which was the first haircut that I have had since a few weeks before we set off on this trip. My hair was very long and was quite bushy, as my hair is totally unmanageable when it gets long, particularly when I wear hats during the day. I feel much better now that it has been cut as I feel like I am half presentable, but the downside is that my head will be colder whilst it is winter - I will have to wear my hat more. I am hoping that this will not be a case of Samson and Delilah, and that cutting off my hair has not sapped my strength!
This makes a total distance of 18.3 miles, with 4724 feet of ascent and 4619 feet of descent.
We stayed at the campsite at Treloan Coastal Farm, which is just to the south of Portscatho. Their address is Treloan Coastal Farm Holidays, Treloan lane, Portscatho, The Roseland, Truro, Cornwall TR2 5EF, and they can be contacted on (01872) 580989 or by email at email@example.com. This site cost us ten pounds for the night including electricity hook-up, and was very handy for the South West Coast Path, as they have a dedicated path leading the couple of hundred yards frorm the campsite to the path.
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