Our Walk on the Wild Side event took place over last weekend. It was one of many walking activities running this autumn as part of the Trust’s Great British Walk campaign. Our offering was a Ranger-led two day coast path hike between Newquay and Padstow with an overnight stop at our Park Head bunkhouse. We were pretty much fully booked with 13 intrepid walkers joining us for the challenge. The weather couldn’t have been kinder with blue skies and gentle winds. It also emerged that there was much to celebrate. Not only was a member of the party, Andrew Easterbrook, celebrating his 50th birthday with his family, but the youngest walker Hannah aged 8 was walking with her mum to raise funds towards a much needed Green Space sensory garden at Double Trees School in St. Austell. There is limited green space available for the children attending the school, which is now working with The Sensory Trust to find ways to create more for the children to enjoy. Hannah’s brother Felix, who has special educational needs, attends Double Trees and will directly benefit from the new garden.
With packed lunches loaded, sunscreen on (Yes, in October!) we set off from Fistral in Newquay with about 11 miles to cover, with the ‘carrot’ of a cream tea waiting for us back at the bunkhouse. A relaxing evening was spent resting aching feet and enjoying chef-Sarah’s delicious bolognese followed by jam roly-poly and custard – Awwesome! Day 2, and we awoke to some thick mist, but this soon burnt off and the weather was even better than the day before. It was a long second day, clocking up 14 miles, but all agreed that the coastal scenery on this stretch was amazing. After 8 hours walking we dropped down from Stepper Point to Padstow Harbour under a late afternoon sun, with Hannah leading the way. Our late afternoon arrival was a bonus for some, as several walkers discovered the pasty shops selling off their wares cheap!
Overall we passed or walked on about 16 beaches -and some of Cornwall’s most stunning – 5 headlands, past numerous iron age cliff castles and bronze age barrows, a lighthouse, and one estuary with glorious views all along from the cliff tops. Extra sights included a toga wearing stag party at Newquay and a wedding at Watergate Bay!
It was a very enjoyable walk in the company of a fab group of people, who were such fun and great to chat to. Congratulations and thanks for attending the event to: Andrew, Jackie, Holly, Rosie, Joanna, Colin, Angesselle, Hannah, Delia, William, Liz, Nicky and Penny!
Looking forward to planning next years!
To find out more about the Great British Walk visit http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/greatbritishwalk
Mike – Head Ranger