Mevagissey, Cornwall to Fowey, Cornwall
- miles 212 - 214
- Its about two miles from Mevagissey to Pentewan. The route
climbs up above the harbour at Mevagissey, rounds Penare Point, then drops
down to the caravans at Pentewan Sands
||the caravans at Pentewan
- miles 214 - 216
- Pentewan, with its pub, shops and quaint, now landlocked,
harbour, is worth a pause. Then the path continues steeply along the road
up the hill out of the village. It soon regains the fields and the cliff tops.
There are two steep downs and ups before you reach the cottage at Hallane.
- The path bypasses Black Head, but it worth a three hundred
yard detour to take in the magnificent views from the head. In another half
mile, the path veers away from the coast at Trenarren to pick up the road
for a hundred yards
- miles 216 - 218
- The mile and a half to Porthpean is along the cliffs,with
a couple of steep down and ups on the way. Porthpean has little in facilities
out of season.
- Beyond Porthpean the path rises through pine woods to regain
the cliff tops, passing an old coast guard lookout to your right and a Holiday
Camp to your left. The beach below is for the happy holiday-makers.
|Sailing ship in Charlestown port
||the inner harbour
||on from Charlestown
- miles 218 - 220
- Drop down to Charlestown - named after the founder, Charles
Rashleigh, who built the port in 1791 to ship ore from his Cornish mines.
Later it was used to ship china clay, eventually larger facilities at Fowey
and Par took over the movement of the china clay. However the port remains
as a base for large sailing ships, and you can usually see a three or four
master in port. Because of its charm it is frequently used for period films
and TV dramas
- A mile along the cliff top has you passing the large Carlyon
Bay Hotel, and a further mile along the golf course. Below you is the long,
sandy Crinnis Beach
- miles 220 - 222
- You are now entering serious industrial country, with Spit
Point being the boundary of the English China Clay works. The fenced path
leads you through the clay works, then you pass the big Par Sands caravan
site, then round the last side of the bay, to a point called Little Hell!
- miles 222 - 224
- By now you are back into the country. And in half a mile
reach Polkerris, an attractive hamlet, that is little more than the pub, the
Rashleigh Arms. Above the small port are the ruins of the old fish salting
cellars, where pilchards were pressed and barrelled.
- Climb steeply through the trees to emerge onto the cliff
tops again. A stroll of a mile and a half along the cliffs gets you to Little
- miles 224 - 226
- From Little Gribben to Gribben Head is only half a mile.
Gribben Head is 250 feet high, owned by the National trust, and topped by
an 80 foot high day marker for shipping. A fairly steep descent drops the
path to Polridmouth, which is a popular beach, beside the lake that is a part
of the Menabilly Estate. Daphne du Maurier lived at Menabilly, which was the
setting for Rebecca. Although the house is only half a mile away here, you
cannot see it, nor is it open to the public.
- On the far side of the cove, the path climbs through the
woods, before descending to Readymoney Cove, in the outskirts of Fowey
- Fowey has been a town since it got its charter in 1245. It
is built steeply onto the side of the hill, which has enabled it to retain
its charm, as there are very few modern buildings. Down in the harbour, there
is a passenger ferry to Polruan on the other side. The
passenger ferry runs in the summer. The car ferry, runs summer & winter
which is a further half mile up-stream
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