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Cornwall - Sea Kayaking - Porthcothan - Bedruthan Steps.

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Published on Oct 26, 2011

Another 10mins of Cornish magic........The plan was to put in at Mawgan Porth,and follow the coast to Trevose Head, taking in the Bedruthan Steps, and everything else on the way.That was the plan...........in reality, the surf was heaving at Mawgan Porth, and I thought the better of that. So following the road north I seeked a more sheltered launch, and came upon Porthcothan.£5 to park, bit of a drag through the dunes,and quite a long drag to the water,a folding trolley is your best mate on these launches, totally indespensible. Timed my launch through intimidating surf to perfection, bone dry. That of course is the easy bit, you then have to return to an unfamiliar beach, that will almost certainly be different than when you launched, due to a tide difference, this could uncover rocks, or indeed just submerge rocks, that you are unaware of, add some swimmers/surfers,and you have a potentially bowel loosening situation,at the very least. The day was quite uncomfortable for the most part, the swells were much bigger than they looked on camera, and the rebound from the cliffs, led to a very choppy sea, coming from all sides. I was actually about to turn back, then I found some shelter behind the Trescore Islands, I had a niggling back pain, and the choppy swell,just hit the bullseye aggravating it. After a leg stretch, it seemed to abate, so off again and rounded Park Head, none of the filming has really done it justice here, it is absolutely superb, I really needed a third arm here, to film with. Finally found a sheltered landing, and I have to say it was one of the best ever.To get a rest from the chop was bliss itself, but the magnificent, rugged scenery was just immense. If you have never been, I can heartily recomend the Bedruthan Steps, I visited on foot, 2 days later, and it is a magical place,as is a lot of the North Cornish Coast, it really has a special allure for me, I think it is because it is more ' Oceanic' in feel, wilder, more untamed. Evidence can be seen on every beach, the rocks are more weathered, sandblasted, wave washed, cleaner. Access is not easy for the most part,and again adds to the wildness. The downside is the Swell, it really focusses the mind,and concentration is required at all times, in fact a couple of motorcycle mirrors,would be very handy accessories. Special mention here for the Gentleman who I conversed with just prior to leaving Bedruthan. He parted with some valuble local knowledge, and assisted me launching, he was the retired manager of a Newquay Hotel, and was a great credit to the Cornish 'Nation' as a whole. As I left the wind increased out of nowhere, and I was very glad to round Park head, whilst it was still choppy, it was much calmer than the other side. The concerns, I carried about landing through the Surf at Portcothan,dissolved as soon as the bay came in sight. A section of beach uncovered by the falling tide was much calmer than anticipated,and it was a doddle, but remember, it could work the other way - just as easily. The Music was all my own as usual, and this one more than any other should be the most apt,as I composed it whilst down there in the back of the van. This coast is really inspirational to Me. I did 2 more paddles on this trip, and the next one is definitely the best......tune in same time next week, ha ha.

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