Aside from looking after my cat, Frodo until his final days and job hunting/interview preparation, I’ve managed to get myself out of the house on two lovely walks during the past week.
Last Wednesday we had gorgeous weather and Rémi had a day off so we decided to get out and about in the sunshine. I thought that a coastal walk would be a great idea because we could get some exercise whilst enjoying stunning views. I had a think and a little look on the map and suggested we try walking from Hannafore Point, Looe across the cliffs to Talland Bay.
I did underestimate the time the walk would take: it was only two and a quarter miles each way but there were lots of steps and steep gradients; plus it was a very hot day! Rémi only had his Nike trainers on – not exactly walking shoes but sufficient enough – and I foolishly wore my sandals, thinking they would be comfortable but in fact ended up with sore feet.
Despite the hard work, we saw some idyllic views of the South East Cornwall coastline and I felt that it was nice spending some quality time together outdoors.
We started our walk from Hannafore, where we parked the car, so the walk began with spectacular views of Looe Island (somewhere I’ve been meaning to get a boat to and explore, but haven’t got round to yet) with the sea glistening in the sunshine.
As I said, the terrain was quite up and down (not so great for the knees without the appropriate footwear) and, as much as we welcomed the sun blazing down on us in September, we were glad of the moments of shade when passing under trees. We stopped regularly on benches to top up on water and admire the views.
When we reached Talland Bay, we went straight to Smugglers Rest café. There is also the Talland Café further along, but we opted for Smugglers Rest because it was the closest and we were tired and hungry! Unsurprisingly, I chose a pasty and salad meal whilst Rémi ordered a tuna sandwich with crisps and salad. All the food looked amazing and they also sell cream teas, ice creams and Cornish Rattler amongst other delightful treats.
After devouring our lunch, we strolled down to the beach and sat down for a while before setting off on the strenuous journey back! Talland Bay is a stony beach which wouldn’t be my first choice for a beach day, but it is a pretty little cove. If you walk on the coast path in the other direction, you will get to Polperro, a place Rémi and I visited a couple of months ago.
Luckily, the walk back to Hannafore was a bit easier as the weather had cooled down and we happily chatted and ignored our painful knees and feet!
A few days later, mum and I decided to go for a walk to get some fresh air after all of the sadness with losing our beloved cat. This time, I was sensible and wore a pair of mum’s old walking boots.
Mum drove us to Cotehele, a place I have visited a few times before to go for tea and cake and have a short walk. But I hadn’t previously done the walk we did that day. There is also a National Trust house there which I haven’t looked around yet.
From the car park, we walked through a woodland area; a steep incline at first, followed by a level area and then a steep decline. We enjoyed picturesque views of the river Tamar and luckily the rain held off.
When we exited the woodland area we simply followed the river along, past quaint cottages and fields with cows grazing, until we reached our destination of Calstock, where we headed straight to the pub!
We went to the Tamar Inn, beside the river, and I ordered the Tamar burger whilst mum went for ham, egg and chips. I tried some local cider as well. It was a cosy pub with a restaurant area and plenty of outside seating, serving a small, traditional and tasty menu.
The walk back to the car was tough, probably because my belly was so full, but we both felt better for having a walk in the fresh air.
I love living in Cornwall where there are stunning coastal, woodland and riverside walks to choose from and these two walks prove that South East Cornwall can be just as stunning as West Cornwall (almost!)
Have you been on any good walks lately?