Friday 21 October 2022

WALKING AROUND CHARLESTOWN IN 25 PHOTOS


A mooch around Charlestown in 25 photos, starting by looking across the port and seeing a few of the sailing ships


Across the water is the Pier House - for coffee or something stronger or perhaps for a meal.


We are now looking at both sides of the port The water is reflecting a bright blue colour from the sky.


A couple of the cottages alongside the harbour.




A quick look at one of the two beaches. It had been a rough night judging by all of the seaweed on shore.


A couple of photos looking down the port




Lots of seats and umbrellas below for warmer days. Though the sky is blue it's still a bit nippy.


The harbour, but not many people about or any other activities. The pink cottage is the same one as found five photos back.


 Here is the entrance to the harbour. It is tidal so not very deep water at the time of clicking.


Next, three photos also of the harbour.






Moving on now to the opposite side of the port to where we started - six photos in all.













Moving on to one of the ways out of Charlestown passing by the old chapel.



An art gallery and gifts emporium.


A cottage with some colour in the garden.


The final photo for today: The Rashleigh Arms pub and restaurant named after Charles Rashleigh.


So that's all for today unless, that is, you want to buy a new house in Charlestown!! A while back I mentioned how some new houses were being built in the village. Most of them are now sold but here's how they look.




Thanks for visiting my blog
All good wishes ~ Mike.

Friday 14 October 2022

Portmellon

Portmellon, Cornwall, UK

Today a walk from Portmellon along the coastal path towards Gorran Haven. The weather wasn't particularly too kind to us.

The first two photos show the sea at Portmellon, which is just along from Mevagissey. 


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, of course!

Once on the actual coast path there were some lovely views, though a little muted because of the hazy weather.


Looking from coastal path towards Portmellon and Mevagissey

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

Coastal Path from Portmellon, Cornwall

The next section of the walk was straight across a field leading 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 photo 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 near Chapel Point.

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

Now it's a walk downhill, on the coast path, to sea level where there is a boathouse.

Coastal Path between Portmellon and Goran Haven

The boathouse belongs to the house on Chapel Point.

Boathouse by the sea, Cornwall

Continuing on the walk there are green fields inland and a few sheep. 

Sheep on the green fields, Cornwall

Below is looking back at the cove and shows the coastal path walked so far.

Cove on Cornwall's coastal path

We now 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, probably 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

There is a seat for those who may wish to contemplate the sea.

Bench seat on coastal path near Goran Haven

The path became quite steep.

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 take a turn for the worse.

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We decided to make our way back to Portmellon, but did stop to watch a seal in the sea. I couldn't get a decent photo but 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, and 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. We managed to dodge the waves - so all was well, and we'd had an interesting walk.

Big sea waves at Port Mellon, Cornwall


So, that's all for now. Enjoy the weekend and the week ahead.
All good wishes ~Mike.


Friday 7 October 2022

A WALK ALONG CARLYON BAY'S THREE BEACHES, CORNWALL


It was a dull, dreary morning but we headed for the beach at Carlyon Bay. There are actually three beaches, Crinnis, Shorthorn and Polgaver which join to make one long stretch. 

The large car park was free, but there was a charge of £3 throughout the summer season  


We began by walking at the back of the beach next to the cliffs.


A small river wriggles through the sand.


The cliffs were fenced off years ago as a village style development was planned here, but this has never come to fruition. 


Tufts of grasses grow on this side of the beach.


Looking back to view where we had walked so far.


The sea can be seen across the beach, but it didn't look too inviting.


The cliffs, as shown below, are as far as you can walk along this side of the beach. Actually that isn't strictly true as  you can clamber up the cliffs and reach the coastal path. This is not recommended though. 

We crossed the sand and the small river, to reach the sea, to make this a circular walk. 


The sand is much smoother here.


Not a footprint to be seen. 


Some seaweed on the shore.


When the sun shines the sea and sand can look quite special.


A metal fence on the opposite side of the beach.


A mixture of seaweed on the shore.


We now reach the end of the beach. The road at the top of these cliffs has some dream houses and a hotel.


Below is the area where most visitors seem to gravitate as, during the summer months, there are beach bars and the like. 


We now make our way back to our car passing the cliffs.


A sign shows the way to the Coast Path.


All in all our walk was just over three miles.

Thanks for visiting my blog . 
Good wishes, have a great week ~Mike.

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