Much to the amusement of everyone who knows me I now consider myself to be a walker – or maybe I should say an Ambler.
I have gone from around the shops and in the garden – to walks on the Moor with fellow group members – and now to the walk from Looe to Polperro, via Talland on the south west coast path, around 6 miles.
Leaving my house at 9.30am, I arrived in Looe just before 10.30am and parked in the Millpool Car Park in West Looe. Its an easy walk to follow, there are toilets in the car park before you start and the first 1 mile or so is on tarmac roads and paths, with plenty of seats to admire the seaview, before you actually get onto the coastal path.
The coastal path to Talland Bay is 3 miles on and is definitely uphill and down dale in places. With some steepish climbs (steps and path rocks) and some steep descents (steps). There are places to rest initially at the sides of the path with a few interspersed benches but when the actual path kicks in it is narrow and single file, with few places to stop. When you can pause for a breather, there is just one bench which will seat 4 or 5 people and you need to get there before anyone else. This was a lovely sunny Saturday morning and a lot of people had the same idea as me!
I found this 3 mile stretch challenging, and although I made the odd stop for a few minutes here and there, I was glad to get to Talland Bay at around 12.30pm where I stopped for lunch at the Smugglers Cafe, enjoying a cornish pastie and a beer (and some water of course – you need plenty of that). The views en route were breathtaking and the sky was a perfect blue complimenting the rocky landscape and the calm sea below.
The last 1.25 miles of the walk into Polperro was easier, again a narrow path, initially steep but with a rail beside you and a few up and downs but as I came into view of the beauty of Polperro Harbour, I felt a great of achievement. My first stop was to watch the Regatta taking place in the Harbour below, and then into the town for a well deserved ice cream, walking along the main street to Crumplehorn Mill.
It was the day before the bus timetables officially changed for the season and it was challenging to interpret exactly what time the bus to Looe was due to arrive. My fellow travellers and I spent the intervening time discussing the local holidays we had enjoyed and eventually the bus arrived and was almost completely filled by waiting passengers. It seems the change of timetable had resulted in a service being cut out completely.
After 20 minutes or so the bus arrived at West Looe Fire Station and the last half mile walk back to the car park was the longest half mile of the day.
It was a terrific walk and I really enjoyed it. Its a little challenging in places, but the scenery is stunning and the beauty of the rugged coastal landscape with sun and blue skies and calm blue sea is Britain at its best and we are very fortunate to live in such close proximity.
My neighbours were having a party that evening and although I didn’t climb down the numerous steps to their garden (I’d seen enough of them for the day) I sat on their deck for a well earned gin and tonic, followed by a few glasses of wine – definitely well earned.