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1 January, 2008

Walk: St Agnes & Chapel Porth, Cornwall

Despite the distinctly unpromising weather (at least it was dry), my mother and sister decided to take a day trip to Cornwall, to show me one of their favourite places: the coast near St. Agnes and, specifically, Chapel Porth.

This was only the third (possibly fourth) time I'd ever visited Cornwall, and though it's somewhere I'd like to explore further, the day reinforced just how remote it is from the rest of mainland Britain. The motorway/expressway network helps, but we had to drive for an hour from Barnstaple across the undulating Devon countryside to the edge of Dartmoor before even joining such a main road, and once in the St. Agnes area, the roads shrank straight back to virtually single-track lanes.

We visited St. Agnes first, parking in Trevaunance Bay for a short walk along the cliffs to see one of my sister's more modest 'dream houses' and the rugged coastline along which she likes to paddle her kayak. Very photogenic, but not on a dull January day, I'm afraid, and I've only published a couple of images.

The accompanying photoset doesn't offer many of Chapel Porth, either, not least because I couldn't compete with the hundreds, no doubt thousands, of photos taken by tourists over the years, particularly of the Towanroath Engine House at Wheal Coates. Maybe I'll return in better weather.
That's certainly not to say I didn't enjoy the walk; some of the photos reflect the fact I simply sat and watched the waves for a long time, which was simultaneously restful and exhilarating – I've rarely seen better, other than during storms on Anglesey.

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