Day 006 : Newquay – Constantine Bay

After 5 days of bright spring like weather, today I was greeted with rain, the wet drizzly driving stuff that goes right through you.

006_058_WetNewquayAfter entombing myself in all my wet weather clobber, I set off out of Newquay only to be overtaken by someone in a wetsuit and a surfboard. I thought he was keen for 9:00 in the morning.

It was not long before I reached Porth, a small cove on the coast road just outside Newquay. A small hamlet with quite a few holiday apartment complexes strung out up the hill.

006_063_TheMermaidPorthOut on the cliff tops watching the waves lashing the rocks was like a washing machine in a frenzy. I then dropped down to Watergate Bay, with its hotel complex and a few houses. It has a long sandy bay where surfers and dog walkers come to play.

I continue back along the cliff tops past Beacon Cove and Berryl’s Point before dropping down into Mawgan Porth.

006_073_BeachMawganPorthI have been looking forward to walking this stretch of coast all the way up to Padstow as I have many happy memories of camping holidays with the children at nearby St. Columb Major. All those long sunny days on the different beaches with ice-cream, picnics and swimming.

006_087_SeaLashingRocksAfter a coffee and a cake it is time to move on. The weather has eased off a little, slight hints of blue sky leaving a silvery hue over the water. We pass many rocky coves like Pendarves Island and Diggory’s Island that I’m ashamed to say I did not know existed.

We pass through Porthcothan Beach where the local shop was closed for the winter and follow the coastline to Treyarnon Bay. This is another lovely beach where I stayed at the YHA overlooking the beach. A wonderful location for a hostel.

006_089_TreyarnonBayYHAFinally, just round the corner was Constantine Bay, another long sweeping bay of sand, loved by surfers.