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Day 5 St Agnes to Gwithian and Day 6 Gwithian to St Ives

A 17 mile day, we were a bit late setting off (10:00) so knew we had a tough day ahead. Out of St Agnes a steady climb and more mine workings and steep cliffs, arrived Porthtowan (a very unremarkable town) for a quick drinks stop about 11:30. There were about 30 surfers in the bay and the bar on the beach “Blue” seemed to be their hangout. Otherwise not a lot going on. We pushed on to get to Porthtreath for a late lunch. The pub there served a reasonable toasted ham and cheese sandwich. Ami’s enthusiasm for another 8 miles before stopping wasn’t too high. I hoped for some easier going (there had been quite a lot of up and down stuff in the morning) and 8 more miles of that was going to be testing. Anyway after two initial fingers (ups and downs across valleys) the path flattened out and we were able to set a good pace. Dusk was starting to fall as we arrived at Godrevy Point, a highlight awaited as we looked down into an isolated cove there were about 50 seals with many pups lying and playing on the beach. On again to arrive just before dark in Gwithian.

Day 6 Gwithian to St Ives

A 10 mile day, on the morning news was talk of floods in Cornwall but we hadn’t noticed anything! The sun was shining and we set off. No breakfast at our overnight stop, but we were assured there was a great café on the beach. There might have been but it was shut. The tide was low so we set off along the huge expanse of beach towards Hayle, trying not to think of our empty stomachs. The beauty of the beach, the roar of the waves and the sight of St Ives kept us going. We were mighty hungry by the time we arrived at “Jonny’s” a bright vegetarian café in Hayle. My first ever vegetarian full English fry up was quickly demolished. The conversation from the next door table of how widely spoken was the Cornish language and the rights and wrongs of the welfare state confirmed we had left surfer land and arrived in the more sophisticated arty end of Cornwall. The last 6 miles (a 3 mile swing inland around Hayle estuary) and a walk past the golf course and through Carbis Bay before entering St Ives we did with a spring in our step. We persuaded a couple to take a photo of us together in St Ives to celebrate the completion of our trip and booked a table at the Seafood Café to mark the occasion properly.

We both concluded it has been a great trip, occasionally hard work, but ultimately very satisfying and having left us with many great memories of people and places along the way.