The Road goes ever on and on; Down from the door where it began;
Now far ahead the Road has gone; And I must follow, if I can;
Pursuing it with eager feet; Until it joins some larger way;
Where many paths and errands met; And whither then? I cannot say.

[JRR Tolkien, Lord of the Rings]

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

St Columb Major to St Allen

Doh! Through operator error I just lost the entire post I'd just typed.

Here's the gist of the last 48 hours:

The girls got left to their own devices yesterday whilst we opted to be tourists for the day. Having delivered their bags to their night-stop, off we went to Newquay, Fistral Beach, Watergate Bay and Padstow before returning to Newquay to find a B&B.

Even in the comfort of our B&B we were woken by the storm that raged last night. It must have been mightily disturbing from inside a tent (although Jade was, understandably, most disturbed about having accidentally left her shoes and towel outside all night!).
Today dawned wet, windy and very grey, but after our lazy day yesterday we didn't shun a bit of walking even in the conditions. Having picked up Jade & Becks's kit and pitched the tents at the site which will be our home for the next two nights, off we went to walk back towards them.

It wasn't just the weather that was a little uninspiring today. The entire day's route was on lanes (all little and all very quiet indeed), which, with the typical Cornish high hedgerows, meant that views were limited. On the plus-side, the blackberries were very tasty!

The highlight of the day (for me; J&B would probably claim that finally finding an open tea-serving establishment to be up there as a highlight - they've not been having much luck in finding cups of tea the last couple of days) was the church at St Allen. We popped in for a quick look, although there was no information about the building, which certainly looks like it must have a long history. The strange thing about it (or so it seems to me) is its location; there is no obvious settlement in the immediate area. It doesn't stop it being a popular church, though, as when Mick and I walked by in 2008 it was a Sunday morning and people seemed to be flocking there (and there's certainly a sizeable car park).

Continuing the religious theme, today has also included a trip around Truro cathedral (a magnificent building), although that was a post-walk, pre-tea activity.

As for Jade's injury, I'm pleased to say that, whilst she's still limping, she's massively improved from how she was walking even 2 days ago. Fingers crossed that that continues for the final 4 days.

(The photo today is unrelated to the walk, as today's weather wasn't conducive to getting the phone out. That's Newquay Harbour, taken yesterday.)

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1 comment:

  1. It's good to get the updates on Jade and Becks, I'm so pleased for them, it sounds like the girls are going to make it. Well done them!