Today I decided to take the longer route to Pelynt so that I could get down on to the coast and walk a short part of the coastal path. It is my last day of twenty plus miles before I finish ( if all goes to plan). It was a nice morning and I walked through Saltash high street heading up towards the A38 as this was the only way to get across the river. The A38 is a very busy road with no footpaths to walk alongside so I kept joining where I had to and then leaving on country lanes where I could until I reached Tideford. I got sucked in to a butchers shop with the promise of warm pasties that I kept reading about on several signs. They didn’t have Cornish ones strangely so I chose a cheese and onion one and put it in my pack until I could find somewhere to stop to eat it. I headed south on the B 3249 for a short way and then joined some country lanes. A man stopped to ask if I wanted a lift to the village but I declined explaining I was keen to walk the distance. A little further on was a lovely flat wall in the shade of some trees where I stopped to eat my pasty. It was delicious and reminded me of the cheese slice my mam used to make. I continued down until the lane met the A374 briefly and then a short stretch on the A387 and back on to the country lanes leading me to Seaton. I really had hit the coast now and I felt like I was on holiday along with lots of other people enjoying the beautiful scenery. I followed the country track to Milendreath and then picked up the coastal path to take me in to Looe. Milendreath was very busy with a lot of children in the water enjoying the lovely afternoon. The walk along the coastal path was very pretty and got busier as I approached Looe. I arrived at a busy time of the day and it was packed and it reminded me of Whitby with its shops and amusements as well as the beach. I had considered stopping for a drink in Looe but it was so busy that I decided to keep moving on and I would stop at the pub in Pelynt. The walk to Pelynt was fairly uneventful road walking as there wasn’t really another way to get there. I followed the A387 which was busy and I had to keep crossing over as it had a track only on one side of the road at a time. I eventually got on to the quieter B3859 which took me to Pelynt. I stopped at the pub and although it served food I was still feeling full from my pasty so I had a bag of crisps and celebrated passing my thousand mile mark with a gin and tonic. I then only had a half a mile through the village to my accommodation where I had a lovely cup of coffee and a nice hot bath. Ten weeks done and over a thousand miles. Lands End here I come!
Miles to date – 1011.94