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Walking picks with Emma: A coastal walk from Polzeath to Daymer Bay

After one of the wettest Julys on record, August 2023 looked set to follow suit and be a damp squib of a month... until Storm Antoni hit our shores, leaving fallen branches, damaged shed roofs, and then glorious high pressure in its wake!

Desperate for vitamin D and a yomp in nature, we headed to the coast for a Saturday ramble from Polzeath to Daymer Bay. Polzeath beach was teeming with holidaymakers ecstatic to see the sun finally make an appearance, and the sounds of glee and fun being had amongst the waves floated up to where we strolled on the clifftop.

From Tristram car park, we took the South West Coast Path over the footbridge to walk along the Camel Estuary. After weeks of rain, summer wildflowers were all but done, but still offered a pretty frame for the scenery as sail and speedboats drifted along the busy channel of water. Keeping to the grassy paths at the cliff edge (though not too close!) above Broadagogue Cove, we spied gulls resting a while on the rocks below, alongside a cormorant which gracefully slipped into the water in search of its lunch.

Rockpoolers could be seen searching the pools at Greenaway for marine life treasures as the tide made its way out. Runners, coast walkers, dog walkers, families and swimmers alike had ventured out to enjoy the warm coastal air, and many were heading for Daymer Bay.

As we entered Fishing Cove Fields,the view narrowed and the estuary was suddenly dominated by the high dome of Brea Hill towering over Padstow on the opposite side. After a brief rest at a busy Daymer, we made our way back along the coast path to Polzeath, spotting pink blackberries in the brambles along the hedgeline, dreaming of crumble and custard very soon.


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