South West Coast Path

Rock to Padstow ferry

Rock to Padstow ferry

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Rock Quay

Rock Quay

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Daymer Bay

Daymer Bay

Daymer Bay

Daymer Bay

Polzeath

Polzeath

Polzeath

Polzeath

Polzeath

Polzeath

Polzeath

Polzeath

Polzeath

Polzeath

Polzeath

Polzeath

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Summer is here! Polzeath

Summer is here! Polzeath

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'The Rumps'

‘The Rumps’

View from 'The Rumps'

View from ‘The Rumps’

Best pasty I've tasted in ages!

Best pasty I’ve tasted in ages!

A nice spot for lunch

A nice spot for lunch

Looking out towards 'The Rumps'

Looking out towards ‘The Rumps’

Lundy Bay

Lundy Bay

Lundy Bay

Lundy Bay

Lundy Hole - once a cave of which the roof has fallen in.

Lundy Hole – once a cave of which the roof has fallen in.

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An old mine shaft at Doyden.

An old mine shaft at Doyden.

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Port Quin

Port Quin

Port Quin

Port Quin

NT cottages at Port Quin

NT cottages at Port Quin

A very useful facility at Port Quin

A very useful facility at Port Quin

Looking inland to Port Quin from Kellan Head

Looking inland to Port Quin from Kellan Head

Heading towards Varley Head

Heading towards Varley Head

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Pine Haven

Pine Haven

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Port Isaac

Port Isaac

Port Isaac

Port Isaac

Port Isaac

Port Isaac

Back at Port Isaac on morning of Day 13

Back at Port Isaac on morning of Day 13

Sunset at Tintagel YHA

Sunset at Tintagel YHA

My steak and ale pie at the King Arthur's Arms, Tintagel.

My steak and ale pie at the King Arthur’s Arms, Tintagel.

Male dormitory at Tintagel YHA - very comfortable night!

Male dormitory at Tintagel YHA – very comfortable night!

Tintagel YHA - originally the buildings of the slate quarry.

Tintagel YHA – originally the buildings of the slate quarry.

Port Isaac

Port Isaac

Port Isaac

Port Isaac

Port Isaac

Port Isaac

Port Isaac

Port Isaac

Port Isaac

Port Isaac

First view of Port Isaac

First view of Port Isaac

Novelty art at Port Gaverne

Novelty art at Port Gaverne

Port Gaverne

Port Gaverne

Port Gaverne

Port Gaverne

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Site of cliff fall from path at Jacket's Point

Site of cliff fall from path at Jacket’s Point

Warning sign at Jacket's Point

Warning sign at Jacket’s Point

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Jacket's Point

Jacket’s Point

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Backways Cove

Backways Cove

Backways Cove

Backways Cove

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Looking back eastwards to Trebarwith Strand

Looking back eastwards to Trebarwith Strand

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Trebarwith Strand

Trebarwith Strand

The sea at Trebarwith Strand

The sea at Trebarwith Strand

Trebarwith Strand

Trebarwith Strand

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First view of Trebarwith Strand

First view of Trebarwith Strand

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Site of quarry with stone pillar at Lanterdan.

Site of quarry with stone pillar at Lanterdan.

View from Tintagel looking over youth hostel towards Port Isaac

View from Tintagel looking over youth hostel towards Port Isaac

Tintagel Castle

Tintagel Castle

Looking across to Tintagel Castle

Looking across to Tintagel Castle

I enjoyed a few pints of Cornwall's famous 'Doom Bar' after my long day's walking!

I enjoyed a few pints of Cornwall’s famous ‘Doom Bar’ after my long day’s walking!

My Mushroom main course

My Mushroom main course

This is my starter - Ham Hock Salad.

This is my starter – Ham Hock Salad.

The 'Specials' board at the Wellinton Hotel, Boscastle

The ‘Specials’ board at the Wellinton Hotel, Boscastle

A look at the menu at The Wellington Hotel, Boscastle.

A look at the menu at The Wellington Hotel, Boscastle.

The Wellington Hotel at Boscastle where I enjoyed dinner.

The Wellington Hotel at Boscastle where I enjoyed dinner.

A view from my dormitory at Boscastle YHA. The tide comes up to the building wall.

A view from my dormitory at Boscastle YHA. The tide comes up to the building wall.

My bed for the night at Boscastle YHA

My bed for the night at Boscastle YHA

A view of my dormitory at Boscastle YHA

A view of my dormitory at Boscastle YHA

The longer building is the YHA in Boscastle where I am staying for a night

The longer building is the YHA in Boscastle where I am staying for a night

First view down to Boscastle

First view down to Boscastle

This wooden bridge crosses a marshy area before some stepping stones at the bottom of Beeny Cliff

This wooden bridge crosses a marshy area before some stepping stones at the bottom of Beeny Cliff

Beeny Cliff

Beeny Cliff

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Rusey Cliff

Rusey Cliff

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Northern Door

Northern Door

Northern Door

Northern Door

Cambeak

Cambeak

These cows have kindly left the pathway clear!

These cows have kindly left the pathway clear!

View down to Crackington Haven

View down to Crackington Haven

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Crackington Haven

Crackington Haven

Crackington Haven

Crackington Haven

Crackington Haven

Crackington Haven

Looking down to Crackington Haven

Looking down to Crackington Haven

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Beach at Chipman Point

Beach at Chipman Point

Beach at Chipman Point

Beach at Chipman Point

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Bench near Chipman Point marking SWCP Poole 500m and Minehead 132m

Bench near Chipman Point marking SWCP Poole 500m and Minehead 132m

John (left) and Gary who I chatted with for a few miles today. (Hope you're still enjoying the walk guys!)

John (left) and Gary who I chatted with for a few miles today. (Hope you’re still enjoying the walk guys!)

Dizzard Point

Dizzard Point

Dwarf oaks at Dizzard

Dwarf oaks at Dizzard

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An old fishing boat at Millbrook

An old fishing boat at Millbrook

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Heading down to Millbrook

Heading down to Millbrook

Looking back to Widemouth Beach

Looking back to Widemouth Beach

Surfers at Widemouth Beach

Surfers at Widemouth Beach

Widemouth Beach

Widemouth Beach

Lifeguard building at Widemouth Beach

Lifeguard building at Widemouth Beach

Coast between Bude and Widemouth

Coast between Bude and Widemouth

Coast between Bude and Widemouth

Coast between Bude and Widemouth

View looking through South West window of the tower at Compass Point, Bude

View looking through South West window of the tower at Compass Point, Bude

Tower at Compass Point, Bude

Tower at Compass Point, Bude

View across from the Brendon Arms

View across from the Brendon Arms

The Brendon Arms at Bude where I am staying for the night.

The Brendon Arms at Bude where I am staying for the night.

Nearly there!

Nearly there!

A welcome sight at Duckpool!

A welcome sight at Duckpool!

Duckpool

Duckpool

The satellite tracking station at Cleave Camp

The satellite tracking station at Cleave Camp

I really enjoyed sitting on this bench for a rest!

I really enjoyed sitting on this bench for a rest!

Sharpnose Point

Sharpnose Point

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Hawker's Hut

Hawker’s Hut

Hawker's Hut

Hawker’s Hut

Sign for 'Hawker's Hut'

Sign for ‘Hawker’s Hut’

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There are so many flowers to see on this walk

There are so many flowers to see on this walk

The scent of the gorse is really strong!

The scent of the gorse is really strong!

'Devil's Hole' at Gull Rock, Litter Mouth.

‘Devil’s Hole’ at Gull Rock, Litter Mouth.

Climbing up from Litter Mouth, looking back to Gull Rock

Climbing up from Litter Mouth, looking back to Gull Rock

Steep descent to Litter Mouth

Steep descent to Litter Mouth

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The bridge at the Devon/Cornwall border

The bridge at the Devon/Cornwall border

View from inside Robert Duncan's Hut (sorry about the quality of the pic)

View from inside Robert Duncan’s Hut (sorry about the quality of the pic)

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Ronald Duncan's Hut

Ronald Duncan’s Hut

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Stepping Stones at Welcombe Mouth

Stepping Stones at Welcombe Mouth

Near Welcombe Mouth

Near Welcombe Mouth

 Near Welcombe Mouth

Near Welcombe Mouth

South Hole, Hartland Quay to Bude

South Hole, Hartland Quay to Bude

Hartland Quay to Bude

Hartland Quay to Bude

Hartland Quay to Bude

Hartland Quay to Bude

Waterfall at Speke's Mill Mouth

Waterfall at Speke’s Mill Mouth

Hartland Quay

Hartland Quay

Approaching Hartland Quay

Approaching Hartland Quay

Approaching Hartland Quay

Approaching Hartland Quay

Coastline between Hartland Point and Hartland Quay

Coastline between Hartland Point and Hartland Quay

Now, where were we?

At last! I will be resuming my trek along the South West Coast Path over the coming weekend after the abrupt end last year when the weather took it’s toll.
On Saturday, I will carry on from where Jim and myself were at Hartland Point. I will make my way down to Hartland Quay and do the next bit down to Bude before continuing to Boscastle on Sunday so hope you’ll enjoy watching!

Woke up to torrential rain and strong winds on Day 8. Walked 5 miles to Hartland Quay before having to give up due to everything being wet plus even worse weather forecast for the next few days!

Day 7 – Our walk today took us to Clovelly where we stopped for lunch and a rest before heading on towards Hartland Point to camp overnight.

The easy bit!

Follow me as I walk along the South West Coast Path with my son Jim.

Day 5

We had a full day’s walking ahead today. We arrived in Ilfracombe at 10.30am and managed to find a parking space where we didn’t have to pay which saved us a few pounds. The weather was bright but fairly cold. As we drove over the hills the ice warning appeared on the car display. Anyway, we got our walking boots on, put our backpacks on and off we went. We walked down to the quayside and through the town to the last point we had walked to. The signs took us up Capstone Road and around the hill coming back in at Wildersmouth Beach and the Landmark Theatre. We followed the blue tile signs up Torrs Hill and then zig-zagging up the Seven Hills then across some grassland until reaching a gate which joins a farm track which used to be the old coast road from Ilfracombe to Lee. The track becomes a lane passing some bungalows down into Lee Bay passing the huge derelict Lee Bay Hotel. We stopped for a short break on the beach to have a cup of tea from our flasks and a currant bun. Then it was a short walk up the hill until you reach a National Trust sign for Damage Cliffs. Go through the wicket gate and follow the path which passed a carpet of wild bluebells. The path goes up and down a couple of times until you reach Bull Point lighthouse. By now, there were lots more walking groups about – must be the bank holiday weekend bring everyone out!  Following some steps up and over the cliffs winding in and out of the knolls passing the bright yellow gorse bushes which Jim said had a very strong scent, eventually you reach Morte Point where lots of people were sat eating their lunch. As we got around the point, the view of Woolacombe Bay welcomed us where we had planned to sit and have our lunch. We walked another mile before arriving on Woolacombe sands where the bank holiday weekend had lured some visitors to the seaside. Some families were playing or relaxing while others were kayaking, surfing, bodyboarding or just braving the water for a paddle. we sat and ate our pasta and meatball lunch from our food flasks resting for a short while before walking on along the sands to Putsborough Sands at the end of the bay where the caravan park was fairly busy. Climbing up the hill took us onto the peninsula and out to Baggy Point where you get to enjoy the closest mainland view of Lundy Island. The cliffs here are quite impressive too. As you move to the southern side of Baggy Point, the view shows the coastal route around Bideford Bay with Westward Ho! and along to Hartland Point. With time getting on, we headed along the cliffs towards Croyde where upon arriving the first stop was to buy an ice cream which I had promised Jim. The price was a bit steep at £2.00 each but they were rather nice! Croyde Sands were quite busy with surfers and other sports going on. There was even a bride and groom on the sands having photos taken down by the waters edge. The coastal path continues along the dunes and up onto the road before rounding the corner and along to Saunton Sands. By now, the tide was in and the beach fairly quiet at the end of the day. The last few miles were hard going by now taking us into Braunton. we arrived at 8.45pm just in time for a bus to take us back to the car at Ilfracombe where we went to Maddy’s Chippy for cod and chips before heading home. Click on the photos tab to see pictures of our walks.

3 Responses to South West Coast Path

  1. Neil Lawson says:

    Thank you for your post. I live in Jonesboro, GA, and got hooked on Doc Martin, then the location. I’ve developed a hobby of sorts of selectively “collecting” photos from the web by folks who have been fortunate enough to visit the area and shared them. I focus on Port Isaac/Port Gaverne/Port Quin. As a 73 year old “senior” I can appreciate the experience you had. I had run across your blog earlier but just noticed your note to click on the South West Coast Path section for your pictures. So glad I did.
    I went to the U.K. twice in the 80’s: to Silsoe area north of London, and east to the Broadstairs.
    I don’t usually do comments but was impressed by the quality of your pictures and the framing,
    although I’m not a photographer.
    I wish you more treks as good as this one must have been. You have collected many memories.
    Thank you for sharing them.

    • keithhunt50 says:

      Hello Neil,
      Many thanks for your kind comment. I’m always pleased to know that my travel blog is interesting to read which makes it worthwhile.
      You will be interested to know that they were getting ready to film the current series while I was there which has recently started showing on tv here. As I passed Doc Martin’s house on my way up the hill out of Port Isaac, I could hear them all in the garden having a bit of a tea party!
      I hope to get a bit more walking in at the end of October along the Lizard Peninsula which is the halfway point of the South West Coast Path.
      Kind regards,
      Keith Hunt

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