Tuesday 2 July 2019
Walking From Portmellon Cornwall: Stunning Views and Crashing Waves : 24 Photos
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.
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.
The coastal path is narrow in places but easy to walk - lots of greenery everywhere.
The section below was straight across a field to Chapel Point headland - the yellow arrow showed the way.
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 ...
... and walking downhill on the coast path to sea level where there is a boathouse...
... .this belongs to the house on Chapel Point.
Continuing on the walk there are green fields inland with lots of sheep - but most where camera shy.
Below - looking back at the cove and showing the 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.
The terrain gradually becomes more rugged ...
... though there is a seat for those who may wish to contemplate the sea or whatever.
We walked a steep path ...
... it was interesting to watch the sea and the waves crashing onto the rocks.
Unfortunately we could feel that the weather was about to change ...
... 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!
The next two photos show how everything was getting less and less clear ...
... the views were gradually disappearing.
We got back to Portmellon where the sea was crashing onto the road!
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.
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.
A few photos today of Gover Valley where there is usually an abundance of greenery. A stream tinkles along. It would be easy to imagin...