So we are off again with more ins & outs and ups & downs as we head for Boscastle for our lunch. Not that it really matters – it’s just a target to aim for. Some stunning Cornish scenery again, at Pentargon the sea & stream have eroded a long way in land forming a strange long cove, with a high crag at the end with a waterfall splashing over it – very unusual.
On reaching Boscastle we sit and eat our sandwiches looking out of the twisting harbour mouth. There are quite a few people about and seems very busy compared with the coast path, which, incidentally has had more people walking along today than yesterday. We make use of the packed NT shops facilities (filled up our water bottles in the loo ~ not from the loo bowl though, you understand!) before crossing the river and strolling on our merry way.
On this stretch of coast path the ‘old men’ of Cornwall have been busy excavating slate, with small cliff top quarries dotted along the route. Paul and I discuss wether they took out the slate with horse & carts or drop it down into a boat – probably both. Several times as we walk along we realised that the path is right above a sheer drop and we peep down to the coves below us, before descending down on a winding path.
We reach Bossiney Cove and walk back up to where we have left the car and sit down for a brew up on the bench. Sitting there we talk about all that we have seen and how lucky we have been with the weather! It’s been great to be back out again on Cornwall’s beautiful coast path again.
Watercolour sketch looking down on the twisting entrance into Boscastle Harbour. In the past sailing ships had to be towed to their berth by nine men (‘Hobblers’) rowing in a boat, as the entrance is so difficult to sail into. The entrance is also guarded by the Meachard Rock, the island off Penally Point.
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