We had a much needed day off yesterday so thought it would be nice to take a walk along the beach.....what was I thinking? It was Bank Holiday Monday in Cornwall so despite the weather not being brilliant the car parks by the beaches were packed. Plan B was put in place, I found a quiet little carpark on the cliffs between Portreath and Godrevy where we took a walk along the coastal path.
|It's good to see the gulls in their natural habitat|
As you can see the views are stunning along the coast and despite it being windy it was warm, even hot when the path took us through areas of high growth. The heather and gorse looked stunning against the blue of the sea and sky. As we neared Hell's Mouth, a well known cove, we were reminded of how deadly the sea could be. The wreck of the Secil Japan still lies at the bottom of the cliffs. On a stormy night in 1989 it lost it's steering and was pushed onto the rocks by the huge seas. On board were 16 terrified Korean sailors who gathered on the deck hoping for rescue. An incredibly brave RAF helicopter crew battled against nature to airlift 15 of the men off the stricken ship one by one. Tragically one of them fell from the strop and was taken by the sea. We went to see the wreck a few days later, it was a sad sight to see.
|You can see the shipwreck lying in the cove|
After a stop at Hell's Mouth for a cup of tea we started on our way back along the path. There are areas where the path has been diverted away from the cliffs because of the danger of cliff falls. Wooden barriers make it clear that you do not go beyond, but of course you always get the people who don't realise the danger. We passed a group who stepped over the barrier to have a picnic on the edge of the cliff. If they were local there is no way they would be sitting there, we all remember when this happened just a few feet from where they were sitting!
I hope you had a great weekend,