Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Ogu-dour Cove to Mullion

In Cornwall, between the roads the A3083 and the B3296 near Mullion is a small bridleway leading off towards Predannack Airfield. Walk along this bridleway for a couple of miles and you meet a lane, go left down the lane and eventually you come out above Ogu- dour Cove. From here you can either turn left southwards along the coast to Soapy Cove or you can turn northwards and walk along to Mullion Harbour. The descent into Mullion Harbour is steep and can get slippery, the rest of the walk isn't too difficult, depending on the weather.

All the rock along here is Serpentine which is good to see wet as it brings out the various shades of red, green white and black. The rock changes to Hornblende Schistes and Slate just further north.

It is said that you can walk all the way from Mullion down to the The Lizard in about three hours or so, but you will not see much on the way at that speed. This stretch of coast would be better done in three days rather than three hours, to take some time to have a good look around. Between Ogu-dour and Kynance Cove is the most solitary part, as it is well away from any lanes or carparks.

The coast between Mullion and the Lizard faces west. The Lizard is the most southerly tip of the UK and sticks out into the Atlantic, ensuring windy weather and high seas. Not many trees will grow on The Lizard due to the strength of the prevailing winds and the ones that do are bent over and will not get any higher than about eight to ten feet. The trees growing closest to the water were Tamarisk, but we also saw Blackthorn and brambles and a bit of Willow.

The weather was very wet and windy in late March which makes it a bit rough along the coast. Above the cliffs and inland it is partly moorlike and can be boggy. There a few houses and farms and small hamlets and villages. The coastline is crinkly-edged to the point that if you were mocking up a rocky coast most of this could be rejected as being a bit fanciful or unlikely, but there it is.

The first part of this walk takes us past Ogu-dour Cove and then around the coast to the north, where we get our first glimpse of Mullion Island and receive a good healthy facefull of rain.


nobody said...

There's a wall there John. What's the purpose of it? To protect a crop? What crop would grow there? It can't be a battlement surely? Oh wait, was it for sheep at all?

Anyway mate, did you get wet? It looks like it.

nina said...

This one was great John, thanks. I really got into it.

john said...

Cheers Nobody. Yes, the walls are for sheep and cows. I wish I could have taken more photos more of the walls. It looks like a lot of work went into building them and some seem very old.

We got very wet indeed for a number of days but it's best to just get on with things anyway here, though it did limit the amount of photos that I took. I was just pulling the camera out of my coat and taking three quick photos and getting it away again before it got too wet. Not very professional but a nice walk.

john said...

Nice one Nina. There is plenty of good walking there. It is such clean rain and the sea is clear with a colour that is difficult to get in pictures. There's more sea than land around there. I'd like to go back again. The last time I was there before this trip was thirty years ago.

It was very nice to be staying in a caravan too. I love the sound of rain on a caravan roof.

nina said...

I didn't realize you were in a caravan! Perfect, you are really living what you are sharing. Someday, somehow, I MUST see it for real.
Thanks again.

the Silverfish said...

G'day John.
Well it's pissing with rain here as well. Th weather has sort of put a damper on the bird show that I have been enjoying for the past few days. The largest raptor migration on the planet is in full swing and it all moves right past my office window. On the first day of the migration Skye counted 127 Golden Eagles between 3 and 7 pm, not bad for the first day Huh.

The thing that I always found amusing about the UK when I lived there is that it's so damn small, everything is so close. Cripes one could take all of England and Scotland drop them into lake Winnipeg here in Manitoba and they would still be an island. Yep to Canadians the UK is very small indeed. Good heavens the nearest Sea coast to me is but a mere 684 miles straight north, to the west it's 1,504 miles and to the east it's close to 2,800 miles. Your lucky to live so close to the coast John but I wouldn't give up Manitoba's 100,000 clear cold lakes for anything. But then again both Ontario and northern Saskatchewan make Manitoba look like a piker with each sporting some 250,000 lakes. Thats a lot of wet.


Penny said...

very nice, I had heard some news there was snow in your country?

It was a few days ago.. or was it Scotland.

You know, it hasn't rained here for a while. which was great because we had a most excellent and hilly hike today, and I am honestly pooped!!!

We have to get a proper kind of knapsack or something so we can carry our camera, when we hike that long.

Anyway, lovely pics as always, lovely pics!

john said...

Cheers Nina. Yes, caravans are lovely and that one was so good because of the location, as I could walk from there in many directions. Cornwall is very beautiful, I would recommend it.

john said...

Cheers Silverfish. That really is a lot of eagles, they seem to know the date or time alright. I saw a buzzard this afternoon which isn't unusual here though I also saw a bat out in the daylight, flying up and down the river. I've never seen a bat in the daytime before.

The UK is small compared to a lot of places but we manage to make up for it by the amount of trouble we have caused around the world. The English can't seem to leave other peoples countries alone for some reason, even going back to Afghanistan after we had our arses kicked there not that long ago. Where's learning from history when you need it eh?

Canada does sound enormous, there must be so much to see there. Even though we have a little country here I don't see that much of it a lot of the time.

john said...

Cheers Penny and thanks. Yes there has been a lot of snow in the UK most of the big stuff fell up north but it also snowed in Devon though not here of course. It has been such a long winter here that I think people are going to go a bit bonkers when (or if) the sun comes out. Cabin fever maybe.

Tired from walking is a nice sort of tired, a sort of happy tired.

I popped into yours yesterday I think and was reading backwards through the posts, starting with the bird picture. I didn't realise there had been such bother on the earlier post. At one point I'm sure that I read that Mr Plumb was saying it was somehow ok to rape 4 year olds, did I really read that? I'm glad I don't have to deal with such stuff here. Anyway I hope you have a good Easter Penny and everybody!