Thursday June 13: Day 2 Porthleven to Marazion

Today 11 miles, cumulative 26.7 miles, cream teas 1

It was raining when I got up so a slow start, leaving the Harbour Inn about 09:30. Good plan, it stopped raining shortly after and, apart from a shower at lunchtime, it stayed dry. It was up and down cliffs most of the day but the gradients were less steep, although I still ascended over 1000ft

The path goes round the harbour where there are market huts. Those that know me are aware I like puns and this took my fancy

On the cliff top I passed a memorial cross to all the sailors that had been shipwrecked and died off the South Cornish coast. This cross also commemorates the change in the law allowing sailors to be buried in the nearest consecrated ground

There are several crosses along the coast. I passed one yesterday dedicated to the 120 men who died when HMS Arden ran aground on the Loe bank. A local resident was so affected by this disaster he went on to invent the rocket distress flare.

Terrific cliff scenery again. In the first image you can see gulls perched on a knife edge rocky ridge. The second picture shows the view back to Lizard point

A little further I saw my first evidence of the old tin mining industry.

This was Wheal Trewavas. Most tin mines follow vertical strata of ore, which is why there were so many mines in Cornwall. This one followed a seam of copper and tin under the sea bed which I think was unusual. I wondered whether the Cornish mines might start up again if we move to electric cars and the demand for copper increases. (On my return to Manchester  I read that a company is looking into the economic viability of re-opening Cornish mines). While switch to electricity will be good for global warming there will be an environmental cost due to a massive increase in demand for various metals.

A bit further on was the single chimney of Wheal Prosper. This was a short-lived mine that failed. It then achieved fame in the 21st century by featuring in Poldark.

I then descended to Praa Sands where I had a pasty for lunch. A true Cornish pasty is crimped around the edge, not on top.

My route took me over Prussia Cove. This used to be the home of the notorious Carter family who were smugglers in the 18th Century. A Harry Carter self-styled himself the King of Prussia from which the cove takes its name.

I got a bit lost here as there are a lot of private drives. The signage of the SW coast path has been good until now, but there were none to be seen. I would have been all right if I had a 1:25 000 map but it wasn’t clear on my landranger. Of course all you geeks with your Garmins would have been fine. Anyway, after a detour I had a well deserved cream tea followed by an easy 2 miles into Marazion.