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Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 15:44
Below is a list of all the pubs and cafes that are right beside the path between Port Issac (in North Cornwall) and Looe (in South Cornwall).  If I had included those within 50 metres of the path the list would have been huge.  As you will see it is quite substantial anyway.  For those who do not know the path it demonstrates that walking the path can be quite a culinary treat as well as an outdoor challenge with wonderful views.     Golden Lion Pub - Port Issac. Set overlooking the Cornish sea in the idyllic fishing village of Port Isaac, The Golden Lion is a beautiful 18th century pub full o...
Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 14:35
The South West Coast Path was voted Britain's favourite walk in a poll of 1,000 walkers done by Nation Express. Given the unrivalled scenery and variety we can only agree. The pictures below demonstrate why. Durdle Door - Dorset Spring Flowers. The Little Sisters near Treyarnon - Cornwall Porthleven Harbour - Cornwall St Mawes Ferry - Carrick Roads - Cornwall
Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 11:14
The views from Tintagel Castle on a clear sunny November Day.  The remenants of the castle that you see are from around 1230 AD, but the legend of King Arthur stretches back to the Dark Ages (400 to 600 AD) when the headland was used as a stronghold and possibly the residence of the rulers of Cornwall.  Luxury pottery items from the mediterranean area have been found on the site to support these theories, as well as evidence of Roman occupation.  Sadly King Arthur's sword Excalibur has yet to be found! If you are walking the coastal path there is a cafe by the entrance to the castle site, bu...
Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 09:33
Monday 9th October, travel St Mawes to Burnsall.  09:44 train St Austell to Paddington, then Circle line round to Kings Cross, then the 14:30 Virgin Train to Leeds, upgraded to First Class, well worth it, big comfortable seat and free drinks and food.  Arrived Leeds on time and caught the 17:02 Ilkley train.  Lift with friends to Burnsall and The Red Lion.  Good food in the bar and a decent night’s sleep, but mattress a bit soggy in the middle and the rooms sound proofing not great.   Tuesday, a good cooked breakfast, excellent sausage and black pudding.  The luggage pickup man arrived a bit...
Monday, February 13, 2017 - 16:37
On the North Coast of Devon are: Clovelly Court Gardens is a walled garden protected from the prevailing wind by a row of lime trees, it is wonderful refuge in the middle of the fascinating private village of Clovelly.  It contains a victorian kitchen garden. Hartland Abbey these gardens were first started by Augustinian Cannons in the 12th century.  After World War 1 they were largely abandoned and only after a huge amount of recent restoration have they regained and surpassed their former glory.  The woodland part of the garden is a blaze of colour in the spring and ther is also a wonderful...
Monday, May 16, 2016 - 10:39
The magic of Cornwall, Helford River at 06:00.
Wednesday, April 13, 2016 - 15:04
After a considerable amount of research we have enacted quite a few improvements to the website.  The biggest is the addition of a new "South West Coast Path" page which brings together all the information on the path and enables easier access. As well as this other improvements are:  1)  Ability to print itimeraries for each walk 2)  Some better pictures on the site. 3)  Displaying prominently our membership of the South West Coast Path Association  
Tuesday, March 8, 2016 - 13:57
As a member of one of this country's oldest Walking clubs "The Straddlebugs" (now 135 years old), I headed up North to Ambleside last weekend to stay at The Skelwith Bridge Hotel. For our walk on Saturday we drove the few miles from Ambleside to Torver and walked up the bridleway to the saddle below Dow Crag, we were somewhat surprised to be passed by 5 motorcyclists on the way up (the path, being a bridleway is also a right of way for motorised traffic!).  We then progressed up the ridge to the top of Dow Crag where we sat out of the wind and enjoyed magnificent views across the Lakes and out...
Monday, February 29, 2016 - 15:29
Parked the car at Carne Beach, just below The Nare Hotel and set off eastwards up the road leading to Veryan Riding School.  It is a good solid 10 minutes of hard uphill walking, never has been the phrase "always dress so that you are cold in the car park" been more appropriate as once you have reached the top of the hill you will definitely have warmed up.  We continued on the road until just passed the riding school before taking the footpath to the right.  This lead out to a magnificent view of Gull Rock.There was a strongish easterly breeze so we found a sheltered spot to have our sandwich...
Wednesday, February 24, 2016 - 09:29
Attractions Bude is a lovely coastal town with a laid back feel and lots and lots to do. Bude Sea PoolThis is a semi natural structure that was created in the 1930s to allow a safe place to swim at all states of tide.  It is now run and financed by the Friends of the Bude Sea Pool, swimming in it is completely free. The Bude Canal. Completed in 1832, this 35 mile canal was built to take lime laden local sand inland to fertilise the acidic farmland in the inland areas.  It is now a wonderful amenity used by boaters kayakers, fishermen and walkers.  A great 4 mile there and back walk would be al...
Tuesday, February 23, 2016 - 17:51
February 2016 - A 6 mile circular walk from Bude to Widemouth along the coastal path and then inland and back along the Bude Canal. On arrival in Bude we parked at the long stay car park at Summerleaze Beach, we had intended to have lunch at Life's A Beach at the end of our walk, the car park was £1.50 for 24 hours (can't complain). We walked through the town, over the bridge and across to the lock on the canal and onto the beach. In order to get to the coastal path we climbed a steep hill, at the top of which we found a bench to relax on and have a coffee from our thermos and enjoy a great vi...
Thursday, February 18, 2016 - 16:42
"TREKKING" The word trekking is used far more by our American cousins than the British these days.  The dictionary definition is  "To make a long arduous journey" or "To journey on foot, especially to hike through mountainous regions" . I have have been trying to establish why "Trekking" it is more commonly used in America, one reason might come from the origins of the word.  The Dutch word to travel is "trekken" and the Dutch settlers in what is now South Africa used the word "trek" as a measure of distance to describe the distance travelled in one day by ox drawn cart.  When the British Empi...

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