D63 – Helston to Penzance
Distance Travelled: 25.56km. Total Distance: 1,517.83 km Weather: Warm and sunny at times. Accomodation: Longboat.
Second to last day!
We left Helston early, heading up a ludicrously steep hill and through back roads to Porthleven, where we saw the sea again, properly, for the first time since the first week of the hike.
We carried on, after a brief sit down, along the South West Coast Path, which runs the length of the Cornish and Devon coast. Stunning scenery, and very different to what we have come to expect.
The downside of the path is that there is as much north and south walking as there is west, and a lot of elevation changes. Nevertheless the novelty of the sea made it worthwhile.
Eventually we reached Marazion, where there is a tidal causeway allowing you to walk out to St Michael’s Mount, a castle and monastery on an island just off the coast. It is only accessible on foot when the tide is low and when the water drops sufficiently, hordes of tourists attack 🙂
5km further along the coast is Penzance, of piratey fame where we are preparing for the last surge tomorrow.