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Distance: 5 km
Recorded steps: 6,566 (plus a good number of Parkie shuffles)
Treago Farm Campsite in West Pentire was just too nice. The family that own/operate the site are super friendly and helpful, there’s a little shop that sells everything, takeaway food and best of all, hot showers. I had a comfy, soft, level, grass pitch and I set up the basher in its most palatial configuration. They do a fine cooked breakfast in the morning, which I sampled, and the time was gone 10:00am before I got underway.
In glorious sunshine I strolled down into Crantock, exchanged ribald banter with the builders up on the scaffolding and paused a while in the shade of a bus shelter to change over maps.
I took good local advice from a gardening gentleman wth a Type 25 VW campervan and followed his directions down towards Crantock beach (NT). Here I picked up the coast path again as directed by ‘Chris’ (also NT and supremely helpful). The path follows the south bank of the Gannel estuary for about 1 km to a tidal footbridge.
By luck (I’d like to say ‘good planning’ but that would be a fib), the tide was out, so I crossed the wooden bridge and made my way up a steep tarmac path between modern houses to emerge on the main road atop Fistral Beach.
The gardening gentleman pulled in to the kerb in his VW campervan, excited to see me. “Well, I could have given you a lift, I only live just over here, but that would have been cheating!” said he. How we laughed
I walked beside the golf course and down to Newquay bus station to enquire about a bus back to London. The man at the bus station indicated bus stop number 7 but advised me I’d need to go to Newell’s Travel in town to obtain a ticket.
The lady in Newell’s could not have been more helpful. She checked all the timetables to find me the best deal but the bus I needed was due to depart in 13 minutes. It would take me all that to get back to bus stop 7 and if I dilly dallied, the driver was unlikely to wait. I decided to get the train instead, which had the added advantage of allowing time for lunch.
And glad that I did too. For on the Newquay to Par diesel shuttle I met Geoff and Vicki embarking on an adventure of their own. They are making a crowd-funded video visiting every single station in Great Britain (there are 2,563 of them). What fun! Please visit their website at allthestations.co.uk or youtube.com/c/allthestations
So here I am, three pairs of boots, more than 2,000,000 steps, almost 1,000 miles and 97 days from the Dartford Bridge, on a GWR train bound for Paddington (£10 cheaper than the bus incidentally, and a lot more comfortable).
Is this the end? somehow I think not…