Very sunny morning after rain over night, might need the poncho today as showers are forecast. We drove to Poldu Cove to catch the bus. It is a lovely little beach and the waves were rolling in, they looked surfablen and the sign about surfing etiquette confirmed that it is a surfing beach. We spotted our first sand martins of the holiday, nesting in the sandy edges of the beach as well as skimming over the stream that runs down the beach.
The bus was late but we expected that the one we got the other day left Lizard on time but was late to Mullion. There were a couple of people I recognised from the bus the day before. We were soon in Helston high street which has a feature you don’t see very often. Each site of the road between the pavement and the rod there is a foot wide stream of flowing water. The bus stopped very close to a taxi rank, and one was waiting and took us to the car park near Penrose house.
From the carpark we walked through the park attached to the house, which is very mature woodland, but not many birds. The path runs along the edge of the body of water called the Loe. It is I guess what used to be an estuary which has been blocked over at the sea end by a sand bar. The pebbles on the bar were really polished.
The wind was blowing strongly not really tshirt weather, but the sun was shining bright. We walked along the cliff above the beach to Baulk point, where we had lunch. Helen made phone call on her mobile and claimed that Marconi being near by had something to do with the excellent signal!
We meandered on past Green Rock and on to Church Cove where we had a look at a small church, called Church of Storms, nestled behind the rocks. The wood work in and around the church was carved perhaps reflecting the carpentry skills of boat builders who would have been around in years gone by. The roof itself looked a bit like the inside of an upturned boat hull.
Round the next headland was Poldu Cove our walk was over quicker than we had anticipated. The weather held out for us, I think we were very lucky, at one point we had a shower to the north and a shower to the south. As it was still early afternoon (1430) we decided to have a look at Porthleven harbour.
We parked up for free in a side street in Porthleven and walked round the harbour, I got a couple of panoramas for processing later.
Whilst on Loe Bar I found a bird ring GB 11 S 42133, which it turns out is for a homing pigeon, I submitted the details and got back very quickly details of the owner who lives in Redruth. At least he knows that his bird was lost in action.