Great day for a Great South West Walk!

The National Trust rangers took part in the South West Coast Path (SWCP) Association’s 100 circular Great South West Walks (GSWW) yesterday, completing a ‘challenging’ guided walk around Boscastle.

In perfect conditions, sunny, but not too hot and only a slight wind, we began in the car park, with a gentle stroll up the beautifully wooded Valency Valley. This was the only gentle part of the walk, and from New Mills we ascended the steep valley side over to Beeny.

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Here we joined up with the SWCP above Seal cove, where, on this occasion we only saw 4 seals loafing around on the beach, there can be over 70! With spectacular views up the coast to High Cliff, Strangles and Cambeak, we decided it was as good a spot as any for lunch, trying to spot any sea life as we ate.

 Now for the precarious part! Fire Beacon Point (so named after having a beacon here during Elizabethan times to warn of approaching armadas) is a beautiful spot with breathtaking views up and down the coast. However getting down it is one of the most challenging parts of this walk. With a steep descent on rocky ground, care needs to be taken so as not to slide down on your behind! But we made it down safely and round to Pentargon Cove to hear about the peregrine falcons which live and breed here.

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 Starting to feel worn out we trekked along the last leg of the journey back towards Boscastle, where it was time for good byes, a nice cuppa and cake in the National Trust Café. For more GSWW see the website www.greatsouthwestwalks.co.uk

Best wishes

Jenny Herbert

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