We're all excited that today we close the last gap of the Lizard are. We're a bit leery too, as there are no buses along the 13-mile stretch, and the last bus we can catch from Coverack is at 4:27.
As usual, we expect the end to be right there on that point.
But of course, there's always another bend to traverse.
Bob likes to run ahead to get the action shots.
And he likes shooting into the sun to get shadows and artistic glare.
Brand new sparkling clean lighthouse. Are those foghorns? This is a really treacherous place for ships, so probably they are.
We connect the path at Lizard Point! Now it's uphill to the bus, with 20 minutes to spare!
Today we do the easy walk, 4 miles from Cadgwith (where we finished yesterday) to Lizard Point. That leaves the killer walk for tomorrow.
On this trip, we've walked the trail from the other side of that headland way out there.
A shady place for lunch, with a fantastic view. This is one of my all time favorite spots.
Our goal on this trip was to finish this whole corner. But the 13-mile trek from Helston to Coverack has three major obstacles: the ferry from Helston Passage only runs one hour either side of high tide (or it's an extra 10-mile walk); the inlet of Gillian Creek can only be forded one hour either side of low tide (or it's an extra 45-minute walk), and to boot, there are no buses. It's a quandary.
Looking back at what we've walked so far.
The path runs very close to the edge in places, making it a bit treacherous when passing people from the other direction.
Cadgwith. We decide to end the day here, although Lizard Point is so close we can see it! We're tired and don't feel like rushing to make the next bus.
Cadgwith is a quintessential English coastal village.
Love the little bench outside the door!
Rattlers Cider and pork pie.
The path goes back and forth between flat parts across the top of headlands, and grueling ups and downs in between. In many places you scramble up narrow, rocky slips of path, always always having to watch every step. The views are spectacular.
We're planning to walk to Coverack, which is 7 miles from Cadgwith. Once there we'll see how we feel and whether we'll have time to go another 4 to Lizard Point.
In order to do every step of the coastal path, we have to go back down to the place where we climbed in. And because the man down there is leaving in 5 minutes, we have to dash. The man said he'll open the gate down there so we don't have to climb back over. I snap pictures on the way.
Back on the path.
We climb the hill to the bus stop, which seem to ALWAYS be up hills, in plenty of time for the bus.
We talk to the man at the cafe on the beach, who says we can pay him to get in the garden, then show the receipt to the people at the top. Nice man. Our goal now is to walk quickly up through the gardens to reach the restaurant before it closes.