WEEK 42 Bude to Perranporth 

92 miles walked

(total 2,505 miles walked)

What a brilliant week I had and I was really lucky to have lots of sunshine. 

surfers at Polzeath, Pentire Head in the background
This week I finally saw an adder, just a baby one, on the path near Boscastle, and I also saw a marsh harrier on the cliffs near Port Quin. There have been plenty of fulmars on all the cliffs, and I’ve heard the reassuring cries of oystercatchers several times. 

As for the flora and fauna, this week the bluebells have been replaced by swathes of sea pinks on all the cliff tops and covering the ‘curzyway’ stone hedges that bound the fields. 

a ‘curzyway’ stone hedge
another stone hedge covered in sea pinks
The terrain changed throughout the week and I’ve so far made the following observations regarding the terrain since I got to England:

– Somerset had the mud flats and brown water of the Bristol Channel 

– North Devon was wooded cliffs (except for the beaches between Ilfracombe and Westward Ho!) 

– from Hartland Point to the Camel Estuary was defined by tough ups and downs where small rivers flowed out into the sea, punctuated by occasional fishing villages like Boscastle and Port Isaac

– the big sandy beaches began at the Camel Estuary (Polzeath was the first) and were punctuated by smaller cliffs (except for the high cliffs at Bedruthan and Watergate).

I enjoyed my trip down memory lane this week and found myself surprised by how clear and beautiful the sea looked – I did not remember it being that clear. It was lovely to be back in Cornwall, where the people exude the same pride for their country (spelt the Cornish way) as the Scots and the Welsh. 

beautiful clear sea, blues and greens, cliffs and sea pinks…perfect

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