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Winter walk in Cornwall

The purple double decker broke free of the housing estate and we were riding high above the hedgerows, surrounded by frozen white fields. We’d crossed the River Tamar on the Plymouth Torpoint ferry, watching from the top of the bus as Cornwall draw imperceptibly closer. And now the world suddenly opened out, with a dizzying vision of long rolling white waves.  This was Whitsand, where we planned to connect with the South West Coastal path and walk the Rame Peninsula.

The driver stopped for us and we stood dazzled, listening to the roar of the sea, and watched two tiny silhouettes walk in unison across the hard sand, each carrying a surf board. Off in the distance was the tip of the peninsula, crowned by the small silhouette of St. Michael’s chapel, our first destination.  The view reminded me of winter travels in the Mediterranean.  True, here there was frost on the grass, but the dazzling light engulfed us just the same.


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Longest coastal path in Britain

Originally a path for coastguards on the lookout for smugglers, the South West Coast trail is now Britain’s longest waymarked footpath.  As highlighted by the Marine and Coastal Access Bill, soon to be debated in Parliament, this is the most accessible part of the English coast.  The 630-mile trail between Minehead and Poole harbour is only interrupted by ferry crossings across river estuaries.  Check out the official guide.