Lucy French’s Travel Diary

Tuesday, 23 Sep 2008

Location: Newlyn, Cornwall, UK

MapOh bliss, the sun still shines. I can't believe it, I'm wearing my shorts and T shirt in the middle of September in the UK, but by midday it's about 18 degrees and quite beautiful. I've spent the last week walking different parts of West Cornwall, and it's amazing how many micro climates and environments you can find.

One minute I'm walking the coastal walk from Lands End to Porthcurno and it's cliff top all the way, and awesome. Then the next day I'm walking down a small tropical valley to St Loys, at the bottom of which is a cove with the most exquisite cafe and tea garden (yes I have photos now). It's only for walkers because that's the only way you can get there. I had a fabulous lunch of quiche followed by fruit crumble, which gave me the energy to walk another part of the coastal path, but this time it was very strenuous. Unlike Lands End which was relatively easy, this was hard work, going up and down valleys, and scrambling over rocks. But worth it anyway. Couldn't find the public pathway back to the road so had to climb over farm fences to get back to the road. Luckily no-one stopped me!

I've been back to St Ives twice and walked all the way from the centre of St Ives along the coastal pathway to Carbis Bay and Lelant. Carbis Bay is where I used to holiday as a child, and it brought back huge happy memories. Although Carbis Bay hasn't changed much, St Ives is one big car park and full of crowds, not my favourite place at all. Luckily I've moved out of my B&B which was a little bit out of the way in the bleakest part of West Cornwall and found a lovely little studio in newlyn that looks across to St Michael's Mount.

I am still visiting stone circles, holy wells and checking out the cream tea places, but I've had enough of cream teas, I think the clotted cream will have an argument with my arteries so I'm checking out the cakes instead. However much to my surprise I keep on losing weight and I am so much fitter. I can stride along at quite a pace and I love it.

The weather continues to be balmy and beautiful and hopefully it should stay like this for the rest of the week. On Sunday I'm off back to Devon to stay with my friend Helen again and then I pick up my friend Rose in Glastonbury and we have rented a cottage in Keswick in the Lake District for a week before carrying on to the Yorkshire Dales.

It's so wonderful not to think about work, but realise that sooner or later I'm going to have to either decide whether I stay on and look for a job or come back home. Haven't made up my mind yet!!!!