Day 044: Looe to Polperro

Distance: 5.30 miles

Ascent: 1641 feet

Weather: Damp, Misty, Windy

Accommodation: Milly's B&B


Well due to the mammoth day yesterday, today was planned as a very short day. With heavy winds and rain battering Looe this morning it felt very satisfying that I had walked further yesterday, enabling me to sit out the stormy conditions inside.

I ate a ridiculous amount of breakfast: orange, banana, yoghurt with honey, muesli, rice crispies, full english and toast. Then I did some admin before setting of around 12:30 once the conditions had lightened off to an extent.

The wind had dropped, though it was still generally a bit damp and misty, and with the waves smashing against the cliffs it made for a bleak but spectacular walk. The path was moderately steep, and due to the rain was incredibly muddy (I know I keep bleating on about mud).

I soon reached Talland, which especially at this time of year and in this weather had little of note, and continued on and up the hill the other side. There must have been a cliff collapse on the other side, as the coast path took a short diversion before rejoining the cliffs and heading down to Polperro.

Polperro actually still looked lovely even on a day like today, with the mist descending and the waves crashing into the harbour wall, and the closed harbour gates. I grabbed some lunch before heading up the road to Milly’s B&B which Dick Warner had booked. He has travelled all the way down from London to join for a day on the wallk tomorrow. I wonder whether his Cornish buses took longer between Looe and Polperro than I did.

A short diary entry for a short day.

charles compton