Newquay to Perranporth
A whole six months have elapsed since I was last down this way. I am worried that the Path may have given up on me. My only excuse is the one I’ve used before – I’ve now reached parts of the Path so remote from London that it takes me a day to get here and a day to get back, which is quite a commitment to make for three days hiking.
Mawgan Porth to Newquay, 21,000 steps
To be honest, it’s really Day Fourteen and a Half. A short hike to Newquay, a long journey home.
I set off just after nine, already wearing shorts in the brisk morning sun. I climb the Path out of Mawgan Porth, making my way around Berryl’s Point. The sky is the watery blue of a baby’s eyes and there are very few clouds.
The Path doesn’t want things to be too straightforward, recommencing its switch-backing in and out of the crenellated shoreline. Luckily, I’m more rested than yesterday afternoon, and I find it less annoying.
I soon reach the broad expanse of Watergate Bay, a long beach backed by modern holiday developments. From the clifftop, I watch half a dozen surfers in the water. I’ve never surfed, and (like recognising birdsong) it may now be too late to learn. I’m not too bothered; I don’t mind the water, the cold, the wet-suits and waves. It’s just that the actual surfing looks a bit duller than surfer dude publicity would have you believe.