Walk #347: Marazion to Porthcurno
Map of the walk
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This was a short day's walk on a quite busy yet enjoyable day, which was made all the better for being the first dry day for seemingly ages. The first part of the walk as far as Penzance was exceedingly easy as the path followed the railway line, and this gave me some good views of trains going by on the line. Unfortunately I also passed the old Pullman coaches near Marazion, and these were in a disgusting state. These coaches were placed in the sidings to be used as holiday accommodation, but over the years their condition has deteriorated. Now there are only three left, and one of those has been destroyed by fire and the other two are probably beyond repair. It is a shame for such historic coaches have been left to get into that state. Slightly later on I passed the Penzance heliport, from where large helicopters take passengers regularly over to the Scilly Isles, and one passed immediately overhead as I was walking past, which was a great sight.
When I got to Penzance I met Sam in the car park beside the harbour so that we could drive up to one of the local Riding for the Disabled Association groups near St Ives. This made for a very enjoyable couple of hours, and it was nice to see exactly what I am raising money for. In particular I must express admiration for the volunteers, who turn up week after week and give their time freely throughout the year to help those who are less fortunate than themselves. We had a nice chat with the people who were helping and they were all exceedingly nice people. Sam started chatting to the horses whilst we were waiting for the children to get ready, in the way she loves chatting to all sorts of animals.
Tom Isaacs, who is walking around the coast in the opposite direction, and I were due to meet up on the coast today. Tom was planning to walk into Penzance today, so I had thought that we would meet up somewhere like Lamorna or Mousehole. When I had passed both of these I thought that I must have missed him, so I continued on regardless. At one point I started to sing along with a tape, and of course that was the very moment that Tom and his girlfriend, Lindsey, chose to pop up from behind a bush to surprise me. Knowing that I had already got my revenge on them for this by inflicting my singing on them we chatted and took a couple of historic photos of Coastin meeting CoastWalk.
Later on as I was approaching Porthguarnon I saw Sam on the other side of the valley. She had walked for a couple of miles to meet me, and so we slowly walked back to the van in Porthcurno together. As we did so he fins of Dolphins became visible below us, and this made for a lovely sight, and particularly as they were amazingly the first dolphins that I have seen on this trip! It was nice having Sam walking with me, and we chatted away as we walked.
We had arranged to meet up with Tom and Lindsey this evening, and just after it got dark Tom walked past the van and he came in. We chatted for hours about our respective walks, before Lindsey joined us after she had finished doing some shopping. Later on we went into Penzance to have a meal, and yet again we continued talking about our trips. I was particularly interested in the route that Tom had taken, and where his favourite places were. Tom and Lindsey were great company, and I am so full of admiration for what he as achieved in the face of what can only be seen as quite severe adversity.
Tomorrow is going to be a red-letter day, as fairly early on in the walk I shall be reaching Land's End. This is important for to reasons; firstly it is my second right-hand turn in the walk, where I change from heading southwestwards to northeastwards; and secondly it means that I will connect up with walks that I have done on a pervious trip and I have now completed a circular walk around the entire south of England. I am very looking forward to reaching Land's End, and I hope that Sam will be able to meet me there so that she can take some photographs of me there. The walking is going to be quite hard for the next few days, and consequently I have reduced the distance that I am planning to walk each day.
This makes a total distance of 14.1 miles, with 2338 feet of ascent and 2202 feet of descent.
We parked on the Western Promenade Road in Penzance for the night, which was not too noisy and was convenient for the centre of town, which was a short walk away.
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