25,5km – with Prasana.
Easter Weekend: 4 days off. Travel time!
We took the train Thursday afternoon down to Cornwall, arrived in the late evening and could start our walk on the next morning. St. Ives is a little town at the Northern coast of Cornwall the most western county of England and is located on the South West Coast Path. We’ll walk the Path for the next 3 days from St. Ives via Pendeen, Land’s End, Porthcurno, Mousehole and will finish in Penzance.
We organised a luggage transfer on the first day as we heard that the stage St. Ives – Pendeen is quite challenging. Oh thank God we did. It was a constant up (1150m) & down (1050m) – we basically ascended Snowdon, Wales’ highest mountain. With wind and rain it became even more challenging. But it’s a beautiful coastline. The path is hugging the coast quite tightly, so we walked by the sea all the time with a view onto the Atlantic, the coves and cliffs. In the first few hours I was so exited that I kept on taking loads of pictures. (Does it sound familiar to you that when you’re somewhere new you can’t stop taking photos?) At lunchtime we checked the map and realised that we still had more than half way to go. Consequence: no more pictures for Steffi and sprinting by this great landscape with its beautiful rock formations, waves and mine ruins to walk against the sunset.
Around midday we got into a traffic jam at a junction by a little stream. 20-30 people coming from all directions all met at the same time at this place and I doubt that they all belonged together. But apart from that we barely met any people.
In Pendeen, we stayed at a lovely Bed & Breakfast. The Old Manse is run by a lovely couple, very friendly and welcoming. They sent us to the Trewellard Meadery for dinner where we had a fish meal and mead in a medieval atmosphere.
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