Day 8 - Gorran Haven to St Juliot

Posted by: Rob on 29/07/2019
Rain on and off
Banner showing estuary at low tide


63.15 mi
29/07/2019 07:00 BST
9.95 mph
34.00 mph
8135.18 Btu
0.11 hp
Elevation Gain
Elevation Gain:
3840.22 ft
3520.34 ft
Elevation Range
Elevation Range:
875.00 ft
-1.64 ft
72 °F
57 °F
489.74 mi
4.96 mi
489.74 mi
4.96 mi

I swap to the north coast

Today turned out to be a very enjoyable day. Last night, the word on the street was that bad weather was coming in. It looked like further north wouldn't be as bad, so my plan was to swap over to the north coast.

When I woke up, it was dry. But it soon started to spot with rain, so I packed up mega quick before everything got wet. This meant I was on the road by 7am.

I started heading in a generally northeastern direction. I was actually using a pretty detailed paper map of Cornwall that I picked up for free from the campsite - I couldn't be bothered to knock up a gps track. 

Anyway, it worked really well. It was really slow going to start with due to the hills, but once I'd got up yo a pretty decent elevation, it was pretty much downhill all the way into Padstow.

I could have hit the North coast further south at say Newquay, but I've done that coast road three times before and I've had enough of coast roads and their insane hills!

I had my heart set on something flatter - The Camel Trail. I've done this several times in the past too, but not south to north.

It was just as I remembered - crazy busy between Padstow and Wadebridge, but really quiet for the rest of it. 

Anyway, I stopped off for a Cornish pasty in Wadebridge and then at the far north of the trail, I stopped off at a cafe for a Cornish cream tea. It was delicious!

The rain had been on and off all day, but just as I finished up my scones, it started chucking it down. I decided to press on anyway (I could have sheltered in the café) as I was going to get wet at some point. 

The road went up and up here - but at a manageable rate. I got up to the edge of Bodmin Moor, then plunged down towards Camelford. 

I had a bit of a rest and looked up some campsites. I found one I liked the look of just north of Boscastle, so off I went. 

It's in the middle of nowhere and there were some crazy little roads to get here, but I made it! 

It's a fantastic little site. Amazing views down to the sea. Also the best showers so far, a mega friendly owner and also the cheapest site so far! 

I think there's a pub not too far away, but as the site has a shop, I got a few bits and pieces and cooked up a nice little dinner. 

It's started raining again, so I'll have to see how things are in the morning. It's going to be wet again, but how wet, I'm not sure! 



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Karen on 29/07/2019 20:46:59
Looks good - we did the camel trail a few years ago. That cream tea looks amazing! Hope weather ok tomorrow- we’re sitting out on German campsite watching lightning in the distance.
Oscars Dad on 29/07/2019 20:23:32
Loving the old school mess tin!