Tuesday 2 July 2019

Walking From Portmellon Cornwall: Stunning Views and Crashing Waves : 24 Photos

Portmellon, Cornwall, UK

Last Thursday we decided to walk from Portmellon along the coastal path towards Gorran Haven.

The first two photos (of 24) show the sea at Portmellon. 

In the sea at Portmellon, Cornwall

We parked our car in a side road at Portmellon and walked to the start of the coastal path - up a long hill.

Once on the actual coast path the views are quite stunning, though a little muted because of the hazy weather.

Looking from coastal path towards Portmellon and Mevagissey

The coastal path is narrow in places but easy to walk - lots of greenery everywhere.

Coastal Path from Portmellon, Cornwall

The section below was straight across a field to Chapel Point headland - the yellow arrow showed the way.

Public footpath sign at Portmellon

On Chapel Point there is a wonderful property - a very special house - you can just see the building in the above photo and also below.

Chapel Point House is Grade II Listed and was designed by the renowned Arts and Crafts architect, John Campbell, in 1936. The property has been featured in several publications over the years and is reported to have been the subject of a novel by Daphne du Maurier.



Looking out at the cove ...

Small cove on coastal path between Portmellon and Goran Haven, Cornwall

... and walking downhill on the coast path to sea level where there is a boathouse...

Coastal Path between Portmellon and Goran Haven

... .this belongs to the house on Chapel Point.

Boathouse by the sea, Cornwall

Continuing on the walk there are green fields inland with lots of sheep - but most where camera shy.

Sheep on the green fields, Cornwall

Below - looking back at the cove and showing the coastal path.

Cove on Cornwall's coastal path

Next we reach Bodrugans Leap - and, of course, there is a story to be told! The story varies but the outcome is the same.

Sir Henry Bodrugan was a powerful Cornish land owner and a High Sheriff of Cornwall. Some say he was also a pirate and thief but, whatever, back in 1487, he was being chased by Sir Richard Edgcumbe and associates for claims of treason.

Bodrugan made for the cliffs south of St.Austell. His only escape was to leap off the cliffs, perhaps with his horse, at Turbot Point.  With or without his horse a boat was waiting for him, which ferried him across the English Channel to safety.

Bodrugan's Leap, Cornwall near Goran Haven

The terrain gradually becomes more rugged ...

Rugged rocks and tide along the coatsal path

... though there is a seat for those who may wish to contemplate the sea or whatever.

Bench seat on coastal path near Goran Haven

We walked a steep path ...

Looking out to sea, Cornwall

... it was interesting to watch the sea and the waves crashing onto the rocks.

Coastal path from Portmellon, Cornwall

Unfortunately we could feel that the weather was about to change ...

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... so decided to make our way back to Portmellon.

We did stop to watch a seal in the sea, though I couldn't get a decent photo. There's a small black dot in the photo below - that's the seal!

Seal in the sea!

The next two photos show how everything was getting less and less clear ...

Weather on the change, getting misty at Portmellon, Cornwall

... the views were gradually disappearing.

Misty or hazy over the sea, Cornwall

We got back to Portmellon where the sea was crashing onto the road!

Portmellon road covered in sea water

Our car was just round the corner from here so we made a run for it - though I did manage to snap a couple more photos.

Big waves at Port Mellon, Cornwall

Our car was fine and dry, but we did have to drive along the wet stretch of road - somehow we managed to dodge the waves. So all was well and we'd had an interesting walk.

Big sea waves at Port Mellon, Cornwall

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