SW coast path, Minehead to Poole via Lands End - 630 miles, the longest national trail in the UK.
Sat. 1st Oct. 2011:South Haven Point, Studland Bay
Thursday, 15 September 2011
Day 13 : Wed.14.9.11 Lamorna to Porthleven
St Michael's Mount
Despite the promise of a summery day, by the time I started running from Lamorna beach the heavens had opened up to present me with their normal pluvial calling card....in triplicate. I had to go through the daily sartorial ritual of the Dance of the Seven veils; on/off,on/off,on/off, etc., until by mid-morning another miracle had occurred and September was re-positioned in the calendar from being sandwiched between November and December to its proper slot between August and October. Thank you, God. (Another of our regular bloggers).
The Coast Path from Lamorna to Mousehole presented another challenge to anyone foolhardy enough to attemptrunning on this section as the surface had all the attributes of a bomb site with rubble scattered everywhere. Also, this section probably has one of the most nostalgic heart-rending memorials to those volunteers who man the lifeboats for the RNLI. I would urge everyone to google “The Penlee lifeboat disaster” in the 1960s when the Mousehole lifeboat, “Solomon Browne”, was lost with all her crew. What a debt of gratitude we owe to these remarkable crews who are prepared to sacrifice their own lives in order to save others.
Mousehole,Newlyn,Penzance and Marazion (what wonderful names) were traversed with relative ease as they were all located at sea level and offered flat running for Jack with his Dash and it was now that the sunny weather had completely transformed the sea-scape where the clarity gives a razor-sharp edge to the distant horizon. Although my achilles was still giving me jip, the return of summer boosted my spirits no end as I sped throughthe remaining Coast Path via exquisite beaches and coves to Porthleven,another of Cornwall’s traditional harbour villages.
This marked the endof another caravan hire as we set forth to Falmouth wherePat’s brother-in-law, Tim, was preparing a feast fit for a king (and a queen). For Pat, the day had also provided her with the chance to see a production at the famous Minacktheatre, fully air-conditioned and heated bythe solar system. And so to bed.