Polperro to Portwrinkle: South West Coast Path – Part 7, Day 5

SOUTH WEST COAST PATH - POLPERRO TO PORTWRINKLE

The fifth of six walking days this week I'll be walking the South West Coast Path from Polperro to Portwrinkle

SATURDAY MAY 22ND, 2021

Approximately 13 miles - Challenging: Moderate to Strenuous

SCHEDULE:

  • 09:30 - 10:00 Drive to Polperro where I left off yesterday - it'll be tempting to linger a while here if the weather is nice.
  • 10:00 - 13:00 Walk to Looe where I'll probably take an early lunch; if I've made good time thought this might be just a coffee stop for now.
  • 13:30 - 14:30 Lunch in Looe (or maybe Millendreath or Seaton if I think that there are facilities there.
  • 14:30 - 16:00 Press on to Portwrinkle for some Cornish Ale and a another Pasty before taking a taxi back to pick up my car.

A similar walk to yesterday - starting off easy and becoming more difficult as the day goes on.  After leaving Millendreath on the way to Seaton, I have a rather challenging long uphill climb. The motivation - as always - will be looking forward to views from the top and the downhill walk before beginning another steep climb.

Highlights:

(courtesy of South West Coast Path website)

  • The First World War granite cross memorial at Downend Point.
  • Talland Bay, with its dramatically positioned, ancient church dedicated to St Tallanus.
  • Views from Hendersick, above the Hore Stone, out to St George’s Island (also known as Looe Island).
  • The fantastic names, such as Aesop’s Bed, Samphire Beach, Chimney Rock, and Eglarooze Cliff.
  • West and East Looe. You can easily travel between the two halves of Looe by keeping to the quayside and crossing the river over the arched bridge, or if you are walking in peak summer season and particularly enjoy boats you can take a ferry across the mouth of the harbour. West Looe is comparatively sleepy and has a good selection of inns around the harbour. 
  • Exploring the many rock pools of Downderry Beach exposed at low tide.
  • Battern Cliffs and views of the seabirds around the Long Stone stack.
  • Views of the tiny harbour of Portwrinkle from Britain Point.
  • The walls of the 17th-century pilchard fishing cellars still standing above Portwrinkle harbour.
Route map Polperro to Portwrinkle
South West Coast Path - Polperro to Portwrinkle

For further information about the South West Coast Path - and this stretch in particular, why not visit the South West Coast Website

You are more than welcome to join me on this trip and or on any part of my next SWCP journey - subject, of course, to sensible social distancing measures. Please get in touch beforehand though and I will be sure to look out for you.

And please bookmark this page and return a few weeks later; I will be posting an update and some more photographs in good time

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