It was April 2017 when I last posted on here and as I’ve just had a reminder from wordpress that my annual subscription is due….I thought I’d see if anyone was still out there!
Lots of stuff going on in the last year, none of which I’m talking about here except to say that my ricketiness has extended to my feet – which is pretty poor news for a walker! However, I have a lovely acupuncturist who is working hard to help me get better and today Mr RR and I did our first good walk for a long time. It was going to be just 4 miles and ended up being nearly 7 (!) which is probably a bit more than I wanted to do….but we made it back (well I hobbled) to Bamburgh for tea and shortbread which is the important thing!
Anyway – let me know if you’re reading and I’ll see if I recover enough to try another ramble later this week.
Sunday, September 9th 2018
Bamburgh to Budle Bay circular (7 miles – which included some wandering about the beach)
The Lindisfarne Nature Reserve in Budle Bay:
Home to hundreds of birds but it was really difficult to take pictures because of the high winds and also my failure to charge my camera before we left home!
Yesterday we took advantage of the sunshine – even though there was no thaw in sight – and travelled north for just under an hour to North Berwick in East Lothian. No snow here but it was freezing cold…..bracing is the word!
Sometimes we catch the bus from North Berwick to Aberlady, a beautiful village on the Firth of Forth with excellent bird watching. Then we walk back across golf courses and through woodland until we reach the coast path back to North Berwick which is a fair old distance! Or we might get off the bus at Dirleton, a hamlet a little way inland and about 5 miles out of North Berwick. There are lovely castle gardens and a tea room to take advantage of before making our way back along the beach. Continue reading →
Aiming for 1000 miles in a year (and getting a bit behind!!)
Total so far: 334.6 miles (7.5 miles this week)
This is a walk we did last Wednesday – I’ve been a bit slow in getting it written up! Fierce winds kept us from high cliffs, so for a quick walk we popped down to Perranuthnoe and scurried around our favourite route. For a short walk, we saw a surprising amount of birdlife.
What a lovely day it is here! The sun is shining and the birds are singing and all is well with the world – except I’m a bit more rickety! You know what I’m like…..always falling down! Not much damage, thankfully, just some bumps and bruises – ouch! Continue reading →
Today I had the company of Ms B for a walk along Perranporth beach. It was one of those days again where the weather can’t quite makeup its mind. Sometimes the sun was shining, mostly it was cold and windy and at the end it hailed and rained – but we had a lovely day! Thanks Ms B.
Target: 1000 miles in a year (20 miles a week)
Total achieved: 187.1 miles (target 190 miles)
Achieved this week: 10.5 miles
Bolingey to Ligger Point via Perran Beach and return (7.2 miles)
So we started off, well wrapped up against the biting cold wind, walking from Ms B’s residence down the hill through the village of Bolingey with its drystone walls full of crocus, daffodils and clumps of primroses, and then turned left onto the Perranporth road. The road follows the path of a stream as it wends its way down to the sea in Perran Bay. On our left a flooded woodland resembling a prehistoric forest with its twisted lichen lined tree trunks, and on our right a reed bed at the edge of a nature reserve.
We make our way onto Perran Sands with Chapel Rock straight ahead of us; it’s low tide and we have plenty of time for a long walk. The beach is practically deserted apart from a few hardy dog walkers and a couple of kite surfers, not surprisingly as it’s freezing cold and there has already been hail and sleet in Bolingey this morning. The skies are blue at the moment as we turn right and begin our walk along this three mile stretch of sand towards Ligger Point in the distance. The beach is host to the South West Coast Path although at high tide there are footpaths across the high dunes.
The sand dunes are impressive, extending a mile inland and known as Penhale Sands. After a while I notice caves in the cliff face and we divert to investigate. The colours of the rock are amazing and we can hear water tumbling down in the dark depths of the interior; unfortunately neither of us is equipped with a torch so we resist the urge to investigate further.
The light is constantly changing as clouds gather and disperse and at times the water looks grey and forbidding, at others a hazy purple.
Up on the dunes to our right, an enterprising person has been gathering the detritus which always spoils these places to build sculptures. We can’t quite make out what this one is – but we think it’s a lady with a shopping trolley holding a bunch of flowers:
We finally reach the far end of the bay and stop a while to watch a buzzard hover overhead. It’s in competition with a helicopter which has been circling above us and the gulls, huddled on the cliff face, suddenly become nervous, screeching and swooping, presumably protecting their nests.
As we turn to head back, looking forward to lunch, the clouds have gathered once more and before long icy hailstones are falling, a more persistent storm this one and we’re soon quite wet. Not bothered by the weather, a single oyster catcher loiters at the water’s edge and a rock pipit hops about, almost under our feet, it’s mate flitting about the rocks at the cliff edge.
These little birds prefer rocky shores where they can forage for food among the pebbles and boulders. Its known to be a relatively tame bird and this one certainly doesn’t mind us stopping to have a close look at him. Their populations are declining in Britain, possibly as their nesting sites, often on popular holiday beaches, are disturbed, so we’re lucky to catch sight of this one.
Ahead of us as we hurry back we can see Cligga Point to the South West and all the way to St Agnes Head, where Mr TB is hard at work in the Coastguard Station. We give him a wave, so that he knows we’re surviving the storms.
Soon we’re back at Perranporth and walking over the bridge into the main street in search of lunch. Revived by hot soup and once more in the sunshine, we make our way back along the road and up the hill to Bolingey.
Associated artwork for Ricketyrambler by Andrew Major:
Last night as I sat studying an OS map and contemplating tea and cake in M&S while waiting for the car to be serviced today, some words suddenly popped out of my mouth:
‘We could always go for a walk while we wait for the car’ I said.
This is unprecedented, I’m not sure what’s happening to me……
Enjoy the ramblings.
(P.S: I forgot the camera again today – all photos are Mr RRs)
Target – 1000 miles in one year. Weekly goal – 20 miles
Total achieved so far – 143.4 miles (target 140)
Achieved this week – 15.5 miles
Hayle Estuary, The Towans and Phillack (4.9 miles)
So we did……we left the car to be serviced, walked straight past Marks and Spencer and followed the path up over the A30 and along the main Hayle road turning right to walk alongside the estuary with its reed beds and marshes. The tide was out and the river bed was buzzing with birdlife (do river beds buzz? Anyway – you know what I mean).
We saw dozens of wigeon – you may remember that we have previously been confused about the duck population, however, we are now fully signed up members of the RSPB (something strange really is happening to me!) and we have the book! These were definitely wigeon, with their little wedge shaped bright yellow patch on their heads, foraging in the weed. We saw a flock of lapwing (love these!), shelducks, redshank, a curlew, an oyster catcher and a heron (another favourite!) sitting regally in the middle of the river. And then we saw a solitary little squat grey bird with a short beak, we had to consult the book – a grey plover!
As you continue along the banks of the river you enter the George V Memorial Gardens, a subtropical garden completely maintained by volunteers. It’s stunning in Spring and Summer. Not much going on at the moment but the volunteers are hard at work pruning and tidying.
Coming out of the gardens we crossed the road to North Quay, which has been recently redeveloped to provide moorings for boats and will eventually have waterside cafe’s and restaurants and easy access to the beach as part of the Hayle Redevelopment Masterplan. We walked down onto the beach and round the corner away from the estuary, taking a look across at Lelant Church on the opposite hill, before ascending onto Hayle Towans via the South West Coast Path.
Hayle Towans – (from the Cornish ‘tewyn’ meaning sand dune) – includes the area from Mexico Towans to Gwithian, a Site of Special Scientific Interest. We’re heading for Mexico Towans – no idea why it’s so called – following the coast path across the dunes with the sea on our left and Godrevy lighthouse ahead.
At Mexico Towans we head inland, climbing a high dune for an excellent view of the area and a discussion about which way to go. We can see Phillack Church ahead so we follow the path out of the dunes and through the houses to the church, then down over a steep hill – on which someone has thoughtfully provided me with a chair, in case I was thinking of climbing back up the hill!
At the bottom of the hill we’re back at the estuary and a short walk across the road and round the corner finds us having a quick cuppa before reclaiming the car!
Associated artwork for Ricketyrambler by Andrew Major: