A walk in Cornwall – Pentire Point and Rumps Point
There is nothing that compares to an invigorating winter walk. During the summer, the sea can be more attractive, you can stop to have numerous ice creams on the way and wander in shorts and a T-shirt while the sun warms your skin; but at the same time, it is hot, humid, you are often struggling to get on the busy coastal road, and parking at the beginning of the route can be somewhat problematic. Today there is no such problem. We caught one of the many free spaces available by the sea in New Polzeath, and our spot offers a great vantage point for reading a newspaper and watching the surfers in the water, before heading a few steps to the Atlantic Hotel’s Doom Bar for a while. coffee before the hike.
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This is a hike where you’ll be more than happy to have a beanie with you, to keep your ears nice and warm and to keep your hair from blowing into your eyes and obscuring the views. Also, since any conversation is stolen by the wind, it doesn’t matter if you can’t hear anything anyway; actually, it’s quite nice to be engrossed in your own world for a while. After sitting inside and looking out onto the beach, it’s great to get away from Polzeath and take the coastal path to Pentireglaze Haven where the soft sand underfoot is the perfect spot for a beach stroll spot, although we found little apart of small mussels. , lots of seaweed, and a cabana located at the back of the beach, which we peer enviable through the windows. Moving away from the beach to climb the slope, saying goodbye to our sleepy starting point, we return to the beach level to discover a small pebble cove. As tempted as we may be to take the grassy detour to Pentire Farm, we refrain from knowing that we will pass the farm on our way back.
Onward and upward, the snorting surge is worth it, the trail levels off to provide expansive ocean views including the Stepper Point day mark and the Trevose Head lighthouse in the distance. The deserted strip of sand to the south of Stepper Point is Harbor Cove, usually littered with corpses during the summer months. Looking inland, there are hay rolls on the hillside, the lush green of the fields contrasts with the gray ocean and somewhat unappealing. Looking down, we discover a large hairy caterpillar in the undergrowth, and once we have seen one, a game of spotting the caterpillar begins; today they are in abundance. We passed a National
Sign of trust that points us up the hill towards the Tumuli, a prehistoric cemetery, where an abundance of heather disguises what is below.
Continuing along the stormy route to the rocky outcrop of Pentire Point, here arid volcanic rock forms the promontory; Look closely and you will see gas bubbles in the rocks that were formed when lava rapidly cooled in ancient seas about 350 million years ago. Newland Rock can be seen offshore, while Rumps Point is visible in the distance, like a stegosaurus, sporadic triangular rocks rising from the grassy headland. As you head out to explore Rumps, you will find an area of shelter from the wind, although you don’t want to stay too long in these quiet corners, as the views are much more spectacular the higher you climb.
On the unusually shaped double headland of the Rumps are the remains of an Iron Age clifftop castle, where a massive triple wall and system of ditches protected an area of about six acres at the tip of the headland. We explored the stone circles that were within the enclosure, trying to consider those who had been in the same place from which we now admired the views. If the hills could speak, they would have much to say; Excavations in the same area have unearthed pottery from the 1st century BC. C., which indicates trade with the Mediterranean area. The large offshore rock behind the eastern headland is The Mouls, which is a breeding ground for puffins, gannets, and gulls.
Once you’re looking ahead, I challenge you not to want to roll down the hills you’ve recently climbed. Continue with your circular route; following the stone wall until you reach a junction and turn right to begin your inward loop.
Heading towards Pentire Farm, a helpful information board reveals that the entire peninsula is part of a working farm that produces beef, corn, and sheep, of which we have seen many during our hike. Although there is not a person around when we pass the corral, there are cream teas available here in season. Descending to your starting point, you will appreciate the refuge, peace and quiet, before one last uphill stretch to the car. When we hungry walkers head towards Trebetherick, we pass Mowhay Café and Gallery, where the atmosphere is warm and welcoming, it’s like walking into someone’s room. We revel in what can only be described as a delicious lunch before, frankly, wanting nothing more than to go home and snuggle in front of the fire, with that beautiful feeling that only the exertion of fresh air can elicit.
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