Thursday 20 June Day 8 Portreath to Perranporth

Miles: Today 12.4 cumulative 107.9

Two milestone today. 100 miles and the first map walked. It doesn’t look very far on a map of mainland UK.

Another nice day steeply uphill from the off. There are two lookouts at the entrance to the harbour, the lower one called dead man’s house as it was used as a temporary mortuary for bodies washed up on the shore.The cliff is unsafe so the route starts up a quiet road before turning back to the cliff top. Good views back towards St Ives Bay.

The path passes a disused airfield which has a golf ball so large a crane has to lift it

The airfield was used by both the RAF and American Air Force during World War Two. A little further on there are some arable fields demonstrating that seagulls don’t just follow trawlers (Eric Cantona)

The path was strenuous with several steep ups and downs. This is a typical feature of the cliff path

There are several sandy bays where the waves are good for surfers. Great views to be had both back along the route as well as ahead. After another Bay the path rises to St Agnes head. There are often seals here but they were hiding today. About a mile off shore the Bawden rocks, also known as Man and his man, these are an important breeding site for sea birds

This stretch of cliffs was another important tin mining area and the cliffs are disfigured by spoil heaps in several places

At Cligga Head there is some dramatic rock scenery as different coloured strata are seen in the cliff face

The path descends to Perranporth will fine views of Perran sands and the dunes behind, the start of tomorrow’s walk.

Perranporth is named after St Piran who came across from Ireland in the 6th century and is credited with introducing Christianity to the County. He is also the patron saint of tin miners. The Cornish national flag (white cross on black background ) is St Piran’s flag. At the entrance to Perranporth there is the millennium sundial, set to Cornish time which is about 20 minutes behind GMT.

Until the 19th Century there was no National time standard. With the advent of the railways, it became important to have a uniform time across the country so that train routes could be planned and timetables published. Greenwich Mean a Time, the time at the Greenwich meridian, was set as the UK standard. There is still a clock in Bristol that has two minute hands, one set to GMT the other to local Bristol time.

I came upon a shop selling unusual ice cream

I wasn’t keen on the chicken liver ice cream but I now have a glossy coat and a waggy tail.