Poundstock: 9 mile circular trek

Millook Haven Beach

Today we enjoyed a fantastic woodland and coastal walk which started and finished in Poundstock, a tiny village in the north of Cornwall.

Time for a coffee break! (Photo courtesy of Roza)

Flo led the walk today and we were joined by Andy and Teresa who had driven across from Plymouth. We met in the large free carpark which can be found just before the church in Poundstock. Flo led the 8 of us through the shady ancient woodland for a couple of kms before we reached a quiet farm road.

Footpath through someone’s beautiful garden! (Photo courtesy of Flo)

All in high spirits we walked across the gentle rolling farmland meadows as a wonderful sea view began to open up in the distance.

More woods as we approached the South West Coast Path. We covered a small section between Bude and Crackington Haven.

And arrived through the valley and closer to the sea…

Lunchtime! (Photo courtesy of Flo)

We followed the coast path as it twisted and turned along the cliff top and found a lovely spot for lunch sitting high on the cliff edge in the hot sunshine and with a welcome gentle cooling breeze.

After lunch we continued north along the coast path with its amazing views at every turn.

Millook Haven Beach
Millook Haven Beach

We made our way down to Millook Beach which, despite the hot temperatures, but thanks to its remote location was almost empty. The beach is backed by majestic cliffs with zig zag rock formations which, as explained in Wikipedia, are one of Britains top 10 geological sites.

Time for a dip

The current was strong and the beach rocky but this didn’t stop most of the group from taking a refreshing dip in the sea and a general chill at the beach.

Millook Haven Beach

Refreshed from our break at the beach we soon found ourselves climbing up the steep cliff path overlooking Millook Haven beach and feeling hot and sweaty again!

The path continued along the coast for a mile or so before we turned right and headed inland.

The final stretch

We left the coast and returned through fields and back to the cars in Poundstock. From there we drove the short distance to a large and lively pub overlooking Widemouth Bay where we rewarded ourselves with refreshing drinks.

Evening cheese and biscuits

Back at the holiday house and Roza cooked a delicious dinner which was followed by Flo’s selection of cheese and biscuits and all enjoyed outside, late into the evening in our courtyard patio area.

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