Day 299 Perranporth through the fog

Sunday 29 May 2016

Porth Joke to Perranporth

8 miles

Gerry and Gail’s house, St Agnes

The fog had settled in overnight and so I could hardly see anything as I packed away my tent. Despite greeting people, nobody wanted to speak to me on the campsite. It was holiday time and it seemed everyone was too busy with their own holidays to bother engaging in a conversation. So I left quietly and headed back down the track to the beach. 

where am I? On a beach somewhere
Visibility was only about 50m as I walked over Kelsey ahead and down onto Holywell Beach. Fortunately, even though I couldn’t see anything, my memory served me well about the beaches on this walk so I always knew where I was. 

Holywell beach and dunes
There were plenty of families arriving on the beach and children playing in the stream and on the enormous dunes. There were no longer any stepping stones across the stream though. But apart from that nothing had changed in 25 years; the same 2 stores in the village were still selling beach toys and there was nothing else except the pub by the beach. Time seemed to have stood still at Holywell Bay. 

looking back on Holywell Bay
There was nothing going on at Penhale Army Training Camp as I walked around Penhale Point and then Liggar Point to Perran Beach. I couldn’t see the beach through the fog but I could hear the sea. 

Penhale Training Camp on Penhale headland
Penhale Sands dune systems stretch a long way and originated over 5000 years ago. They have been variously used for mining, agriculture, religious worship, military training and recreation. Somewhere in there, buried under a dune, is St Piran’s Oratory. 

a lovely rock arch by Penhale Point
I walked along the Northern half of the beach, then had to ascend the cliff into the dunes again, before dropping back down onto the main section of beach near Perranporth. 

looking back along the cliff to Penhale Point
Through the gloom loomed a very large stage on the beach, all set for “tunes in the dunes”. The old playpark with trampolines etc was still there and I carried on towards Chapel Rock. The tide was going out and so the tidal pool at Chapel Rock was accessible but I didn’t go in it – I could barely see the rock!

Chapel Rock through the fog on Perranporth Beach
Despite the fog, Perranporth Beach was packed with people and windbreaks. I weaves through them all to the car park and the town. Gerry and Gail had driven over from St Agnes to collect me so I was saved from competing with all the people to get along the high street. 

it was busy on Perranporth Beach
It was lovely to see family friends, Gerry and Gail, after so many years. They took me to The Miner’s Arms at Mithian, an old haunt of my parents and we had an excellent Sunday Lunch. Then I was able to relax at their home for the afternoon and Gail kindly did all my washing. 

an old mine shaft exposed in the rock face

9 thoughts on “Day 299 Perranporth through the fog

  1. Chris F June 1, 2016 / 6:55 am

    Twenty five years…..I bet it feels like only yesterday……on on Juice. Cannot wait for the 300th Day summary and pics.

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    • jstumm June 1, 2016 / 6:16 pm

      As a member of these family memories, I can safely say that it cannot possibly be 25 years – that would make me old! Nearly forty in fact 😊😁

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      • Lucy June 3, 2016 / 8:01 am

        40 isn’t so bad…I still feel like a teenager. Why don’t adults play? It would be so much more fun!

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  2. Val K June 1, 2016 / 9:11 am

    Sounds like you are really enjoying your nostalgic trip and the pictures of the rock formations
    quite stunning. It can be very comforting when things stay unchanged. Val x

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    • Lucy June 3, 2016 / 8:06 am

      Funnily enough I don’t think I feel like that. I think I am seeing through adult eyes what I last saw through child’s eyes and the same things look different anyway. I think I’m glad of that otherwise I’d miss my family more and particularly my dad. I’m glad that I keep moving – I have to keep walking – otherwise a beach holiday would be too similar to 25 years ago. (Not sure I’ve made sense there.)

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  3. jstumm June 1, 2016 / 6:19 pm

    Am very disapointed that you didn’t get an ice cream in Perranporth – i was wondering if they were still as big as i remember 😉. And as so much is the same, is the book store still on the beach? I think Dad must have bought me a hundred book from there!

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    • Lucy June 3, 2016 / 8:00 am

      Ice cream shop gone (Oli told me that) and forgot to look for book store. Perranporth heaving with people

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  4. jstumm June 1, 2016 / 6:20 pm

    And did you look for the Well in Holywell? I was happy to hear that the lobsters are still in Crantock though

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    • Lucy June 3, 2016 / 7:59 am

      It was high tide so didn’t look for the well. Don’t think I could have been bothered to walk back along the beach either. Massive crabs as well as lobsters and lots of kids crabbing

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