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Sussex Scrapbook ~ Nature walks throughout the year
Green Man
17th - 24th September 2005
Redruth - Porthcurno, Cornwall
50 miles

With only a couple of weeks planning we were off to hike part of the Cornish coast and camp along the way. We got the train all the way to Redruth on the 17th and camped the night at Cambrose. The following day we started off, following the fantastic South West Coastal Path west all the way to Lands End and then all the way round to Porthcurno.
It was very strenuous walking, especially the second day between St Ives and Zennor, but by the time we got to Lands End we were into our stride. The weather stayed perfect for us and showed off the stunning coastal views at their very best.

Our first morning under canvas at Cambrose.

A morning dip at Portreath beach before the start of the day's 12 mile walk to Upton Towans.

We had perfect weather all week. Not bad for September.

An old shipwreck, proving how hazardous this coast can be.

Dawn on the next day at Upton Towans dunes in St. Ives Bay.

A Wheatear kindly escorted us across the dunes the next morning.

The walk to Zennor from St. Ives is really hard. You have to climb over boulders for over 5 miles and it's a killer.
By the time we got there we were totally dead!

This is the museum in the tiny, peaceful village of Zennor.
We stayed at Backpackers there for a day or so until we got our strength back.

Plodding on towards Bottalack we came across this Bank Vole...

... and a Great Green Bush Cricket too.

That night we stayed at the camp site at Botallack and had a well-earned feast at the Queen's Arms.

At Botallack we camped near to the abandoned tin mines.

The next morning we got to Cape Cornwall.
As well as being the dividing point of the Atlantic Ocean,  sending the current either to the English Channel or the Bristol Channel,
 it's also the most westerly point in mainland Britain.

Whitesand Bay with Sennen Cove up ahead.

Lands End.
The best way to appreciate its true beauty, is to walk there.

Porthgwarra tearoom.

We had to tear ourselves away from this beach.

Finally we arrive at Porthcurno beach with hours to kill before getting the bus back to Redruth.
Plenty of time to cool our feet off.