A lovely walk to Padstow….

20190226_103505 copy.jpegWe catch the 11 bus from Liskeard to Wadebridge. I don’t say much about our local town Liskeard but when you look around it is quite a handsome place with a lot of good quality buildings. You can see from the sky why we decided to go to the seaside…..20190226_103515 copy.jpgFrom Wadebridge we catch a cute little local bus to Polzeath (pronounced Polzerth). We decided as we were in no hurry to have a good look around the beach there, so we walked towards the headland and returned via the houses – magnificent views and very expensive.20190226_131719 copy.jpgGood surfing conditions and a few were out….20190226_132159 copy.jpg20190226_133603 copy.jpgBut it was time for our walk now, so we joined the South West Coast Path towards Rock.20190226_134957 copy.jpglooking back now and again and……20190226_143635-copy.jpg20190226_134808 copy.jpg…..with the occasional stop for a drink (it  was warm when you escaped the wind). Along the way there are many smaller beaches with easy ways down….20190226_141727 copy.jpgI do like ‘Private’ signs. they encourage a more radical me…one who wants all land (as in Scotland) to be free access.20190226_142431 copy.jpgLooking ahead this is Daymer beach…..20190226_144147 copy.jpegWe walked through the magnificent dunes…20190226_145357 copy.jpegand of course what better at the end of a walk than a bit of light refreshment?20190226_151059 copy.jpegRather than walk up a steep hill through the residential road of exclusive Rock we took the ferry across to Padstow. Talking to the ferryman, when he closes at 4pm now but 6pm I think in Summer, there is a water taxi service should you wish to dine at one side or the other of the estuary and get back.20190226_153934 copy.jpegI thought the wellington dog was good….20190226_155732 copy.jpgOne of the trawlers in Padstow harbour seemed particularly colourful……20190226_160450 copy.jpgand all was still……..time for the bus home.20190226_160538 copy.jpg

From a new beach to Nansledan, a Cornish Vision of the Prince of Wales…

We were off to call at some of the beaches on the North coast which we know well, and headed for Newquay. Just outside, and by accident, we came upon Nansledan. Nansledan is an extension to the Cornish coastal town of Newquay on Duchy of Cornwall land that embodies the principles of architecture and urban planning championed by HRH The Prince of Wales at Poundbury. These views from our car give a good idea of what it is like still under construction. Basically it uses local materials and local construction methods using local labour to create a charming self-contained community. Not everyone likes the architectural ideas of  HRH, but we certainly do. Fascinating.20190102_132436.jpg20190102_132543.jpgLeaving the outskirts of Newquay, we had another chance find – Lusty Glaze beach ‘which is situated in a natural ampitheatre of 200ft high cliffs. Smaller than its more expansive neighbours The beach benefits from a degree of shelter from the prevailing wind. Although privately owned the beach is fully open to the public at no cost.

Lusty Glaze is home to an adventure centre with activities such as climbing and abseiling, bungee jumping, surfing and other watersports offered. The beach management also organise a number of events throughout the summer.

Located at the northern end of Newquay Bay Lusty Glaze joins up with the adjoining Tolcarne beach at lower tides and can be accessed this way. The alternative is via a steep path consisting of 368 steps leading down from the clifftop. Despite this, the beach is very family oriented with facilities including a creche.’ It looked just great, and the 368 steps well worth the effort. Another time!20190102_133255.jpeg20190102_133518.jpgHaving looked at a number of familiar beaches, we decided not to start a walk on any because it was the point of high tide and walking distances were very circumscribed. Instead we took a long almost deserted road to a NT carpark at Trevose Head. We noted this down as an excellent place for some future picnic. In Summer you can access beaches at Booby’s Bay and Mother Ivy’s…we will return.1264412.jpg 20190102_143739.jpeg20190102_143824.jpg20190102_143839.jpg20190102_144008.jpgThe sea around the headland had that beautiful green-blue colour which is so reminiscent of say the South of France even though not a particularly nice day.20190102_143858.jpegRequiring toilet facilities we adjourned to nearby Padstow where I thought we might get a glimpse of their Christmas lights. The town was surprisingly busy.20190102_152402.jpeg20190102_152408.jpgWe did our usual walk up the hill to the War Memorial and then down to St George’s Cove. Normally you can walk much further around the headland here but as it was high tide – not. We really should consult our tide tables more often!20190102_154412.jpeg