south west coast path
thursday, 1st october 2015
It's the last walking day of the week and I'm in for another day of beautiful weather. It's hard to believe that it's the first day of October.
Falmouth high tide 08:12
Falmouth low tide 14:50
This restless man is itching to get going so I walk through Maritime Square and head out towards the coast path. I climb out of Falmouth and head down Gyllyngvase Terrace and then Gyllyngvase Hill and then walk briefly along Cliff Road to reach the delightful Gyllyngvase Beach on the outskirts of Falmouth.
I catch the beach at close to high tide but it's nothing like the high tides we get back at home in Clevedon. Also, the sea is not a muddy brown colour so I know which one I'd take!
The beach is covered in seaweed and there are a couple of people out amongst the seaweed, collecting it. I slither my way across the vegetation and then leave Swanpool Beach next to the Hooked on the Rocks restaurant.
I head out across Rosemullion Head and then enter woods below the village of Mawnan Smith.
I leave the woods and suddenly I have magnificent views out towards the Helford River. I walk down a grassy slope to reach the beach at Porthallack. Out over the river there are loads of swallows flitting about. It must be almost time for them to head back to southern Africa.
It is a short walk to Porth Saxon beach where I enjoy the views down the river.
I walk under a group of scots pines and then head below Bosloe House along a path through Bosloe Hay Meadows. I usually pass this way around about June time when the meadows look fantastic. They are a lot more subdued at this time of year.
From here it is easy walking to reach my destination for the day, Helford Passage where I spend way too long wandering along the beach collecting shells.
Should you wish, you can catch the ferry from here over to the village of Helford, which I've used on previous walks but not today. I munch on a sandwich below the Ferryboat Inn before it's time to head back in the direction I've come.
I head back below Trebah Garden and pass behind the private beach here using some stepping stones. I spot a dog on the beach down below.
Back again on Durgan Beach a friendly pied wagtail checks me out. I walk back through Durgan and divert from the coast path along a path which takes me down to an unmarked beach on my Ordnance Survey map, but known as Grebe Beach. The beach is not even signposted from the coast path so it's always quiet here.
As per usual, there is just a handful of locals here, most of them enjoying a swim in the river.
On the way back I enjoy the wildflowers but also come across a patch of the dreaded japanese knotweed.
I pass by Maenporth Beach for the last time this week and the tide is much further out than it was earlier on this morning. Conditions are also much easier for photography.
I say one last farewell to Swanpool Beach which is much busier than earlier and pass a group of kids having a kayaking lesson below the brightly coloured beach huts.
I reach Gyllyngvase Beach again and it's time for one final beach farewell. I amble slowly along the beach watching a man cast rose petals across the beach. I've no idea why he's doing this.
You can tell it's the 1st of October and the dog ban has been lifted today as there are dogs everywhere enjoying the beach and the weather. Don't blame them!
I head back through the gardens of the Princess Pavillion where I come across a raggedy painted lady feeding on verbena. What a lovely way to end the walk.
I head back into Falmouth and reach my destination for the day, Discovery Quay, again.
FLORA AND FAUNA
Flora and fauna encountered on the walk today includes :-
- red campion
- scots pines
- speckled woods
- a small tortoiseshell
- red admirals
- pied wagtails
- a painted lady
- a dog on a beach
- lots of dogs on beaches
- verbena bonariensis
MARKS OUT OF TEN?
According to my phone I've walked 16.26 miles today which amounts to 34658 steps. It has been another beautiful day's walking and the weather has been glorious again. Unfortunately, that's the last walking of the week. Nine out of ten!