Planned kilometres: 27 (cummulative 45)
Kilometres walked: 21 (cummulative 50)
% Completed: 2.5%
Weather: Rain, Gale force wind
Pubs visited: The Queens Arms, The May Tree
Pints: 2 (cummulative 3)
Kms per pint: 16.7
Blisters: 1 (cummulative 2)
Penzance to Helston
Weather today was challenging as B&B owner told me they were Gale Force 6 winds and rain forecast for the whole day. Discussion between owner and other guests regarding best way to go was to probably walk through the suburbs and not along South West Coastal Path to try and minimise the wind. The silver lining was that they said it would be a tail wind, however this proved incorrect as the wind hit me side on all day.
Due to the weather and getting lost yesterday, today I decided to stick to the A & B roads to ensure I got there in quickest time possible. Left the B&B fully kitted out in wet weather gear, beanie, gloves, etc. and headed out. Decided to walk along the South West Coastal path to Marazon as it is the scenic part and it would by the only 3km not along the road. At Marazon is St Michael’s Mounts which is a tidal island with a castle on it. The tide was mainly out when I went past, but much of path out was still under water.
The whole day was spent walking along the road and trying not to get quashed by passing cars and trucks. In some places there was no where to walk except the road itself so spent plenty of time stopping and trying to push into hedge rows to minimise space I took up on road. Drivers were very good and most slowed down and went past giving me a wide berth. I got tired just waving thanks to hundreds on drivers.
After a few hours walking in the rain decided to stop at a pub for lunch. Saw a sign for the Queens Arms at Breage saying good food and beer so took side road into the village only to find out kitchen closed on Monday & Tuesday. Pub has a fire going so decided it was a good place to dry out and get warm so had to make do with bar snacks for lunch.
Lunch ended up being
- 2 pints of lager
- 2 packets of crisps
- 4 pickled onions
- 1 pickled egg
After leaving the pub, headed back into the mist and continued my journey to Helston. I meet an old man (70+) walking the other way all decked out in full wet weather gear. We stopped and had a chat for a few minutes and he was a retired local out having his daily walk. He said to walks the 22 miles round trip to Penzance every Sunday to visit friends. I left him and wandered off in amazement as I was knackered from walking it just one way.
Arrived in Helston and checked into hotel to find that they have a pub on site which was great as I didn’t have to go out into the weather again. Bonus was that hotel room had a bath which will hopefully assist sore muscles. Hotel room looks like a laundry and I have wet clothing hanging from every available space.
Hope Helston turns on better weather for you when you leave the Jane family liv ed there in the early 1700 ‘s
Go Andrew… Good start…
The good thing with a bad weather start is that things can get better or stay the same, but hopefully you’ve hit the worst of it already! Pics look amazing and really hope you’re getting some enjoyment; even if just the pint along the way. Stay safe and happy walking.
Glad you not sharing a room after that lunch…….
looks like a solid lunch for 20 plus km walk! better than a coke and a killer python.
Due to the Sugar Tax in the UK a pint of beer is cheaper than a pint of coke, so beer it is.
Bloody English weather!! Enjoying the blogs, keep them up!!