A walk deep in the Roseland Peninsular in perfect weather which made for a spectacular walk. I was looking for walks for this weekend and was deliberating back and forth. Coastal or Dartmoor. I have plenty of Dartmoor to explore and the weather was set fine, but at this time of year the light is short and I needed to make sure that I made the most of it. I seem to ignore the obvious and decided to drive the longest distance and walk the second hardest of the walks I could choose. Only a drive to the north coast and a walk out of Port Isaac could have been harder! Still I seemed to ignore all of that and set off at 7.30am for Roseland Peninsular, south of St Austell. On arrival I knew I’d picked the right walk, the weather was stunning and in for the day, once some early showery sprinkles and cloud had passed overhead. I knew that I needed to keep pace from the off, it was a long walk and the easy stuff was upfront. Normally I tackle the coastal path first and then the road walk back is easy and far quicker than I expect. This time I switched it around made good time to Caerhays Castle along the lanes. However I underestimated the walk back, especially the part from Caerhays to Portloe, which was far longer than I anticipated. Still a good path to Nare Head sped things up and I made decent time back to the car. There are plenty of great spots along this section of the path, the beach at Portholland is superb, however the introduction on ANPR cameras on the eastern beach has ruined it for the locals. Portloe itself deserves a stop off in the pub (which is up the hill from the coastal path), and both Carne and Pendower beaches are gems. However the best part for me was the inland village of Veryan, it has everything, a pub, village hall, church, shop/post office, toilets, lovely houses and a pond (with Christmas decs in it). It sits alongside Ringmore in South Devon as my favourite village so far on this quest.
Start – Pendower Beach
Route – Veryan – Veryan Green – West Portholland – East Portholland – Caerhays Castle – South West Coastal Path – East Portholland – West Portholland – Caragloose Point – Portloe – Manare Point – The Blouth – Rosen Cliff – Nare Head – Carne Beach – Pendower Beach
Distance – 13.5 miles Start time – 9am Time taken – 6hrs 15mins Highest Point – Somewhere around Treviskey 105 metres
Weather – Lots of sunshine, sprinkles of rain and cloud to start