Porthleven to Mullion Cove

Today has been overcast, and as I write this evening it is pouring with rain. Accordingly, Squiggles the cat is curled up next to me on the sofa.

After breakfast I set off for Mullion Cove, parked up and then walked in to Mullion itself to get the bus. The journey to Porthleven by bus meant changing in Helston, but that was fine – I got off one bus, walked over the other side of the road and along came the next bus!

Porthleven was the start of today’s walk. I set off as soon as I got off the bus. The first part of the walk from Porthleven follows the road along the sea front in the town, then follows the cliffs above the beach. Although long, and sandy, the beach at Porthleven (which runs all along to the Loe Bar) is not one for swimming in – it shelves very steeply and there are strong currents.

I stopped for lunch at Gunwallowe Fishing Cove Beach (another one with signs warning of strong currents); although with the wind and grey clouds gathering, today wasn’t a swimming day anyway. I watched as threatening looking clouds were blown in from the sea – but they missed where I was, going in towards Porthleven – with the skies toward Mullion Cove looking bright.

A little later on I stopped at Gunwalloe Church Cove Beach to sit and read a chapter of my book. When I got cold I got up and moved on. Poldhu Cove was the next beach along and there were surfers enjoying the waves. On the cliffs above Poldhu sits the site of The Marconi Centre, where the first transatlantic radio signals were sent from. Only open on Wednesdays and Sundays though – shame!

Next stop was Mullion Cove – It had taken over 3 hours to complete this walk so after that I needed to sit down. I found some space to sit in the harbour and sat reading for a good 45 minutes. I felt a spot of rain and thought it would be a good time now to make a move. I got in the car and headed back to the cabin, to have a scone and a drink.

I rounded off my holiday this evening with a lovely meal at the Cadgwith Cove Inn, I enjoyed a burger with chips, cheese and bacon. As Cadgwith is a village with just a single track road, I had to park a 5 minute walk away….and this evening it was pouring with rain. By the time I got to the pub I was soaked through to the skin! The food was good though, and the rain had eased off by the time I walked back to the car.

Distance Walked Today: 13.07km (8.12 miles)
Distance Walked This Week: 31.83km (19.78 miles)
Total Coastal Path Walk: 79.75km (49.56 miles)

Good night,


Fred Hart

Stock Controller and Radio Presenter/Producer

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