I walked through the town and up a street that climbs up above giving views down into Mevagissey itself.
Mevagissey (Cornish: Lannvorek) is a village, fishing port. The first recorded mention of Mevagissey dates from 1313 (when it was known as Porthhilly), although there is evidence of settlement dating back to the Bronze Age.Mevagissey is home to three Cornish holy wells. The Brass Well and Lady's Well are both situated in the manor of Treleaven, the other holy well is within the gardens of Mevagissey House, the old vicarage.
Andrew Pears, the founder of Pears' Soap was born in the village in 1768 and set up a barber's shop here until he moved to London in 1789.
There is a humorous local folktale about Mevagissey, which takes place during the Napoleonic Wars. It is said that a French ship was wrecked in the harbour, which had a monkey on board. The monkey reached the shore alive, only to be hanged by the townspeople as a French spy
|view back to Polstreath and Mevagissey beyond|
I now pass Penare Point approaching Pentewan.
|view to Pentewan Beach|
|Mevagissey to Fowey Ferry.|
After much climbing up and down, I'm down walking down into Pentewan.I walk through a field of cows and down to a road.
Pentewan (Cornish: Bentewyn, meaning foot of the radiant stream).The village and its harbour date back to medieval times, when Pentewan was mainly a fishing community, with some stone-quarrying, tin-streaming, and agriculture.
|Pentewan Sands caravan Park.|
cycle hire and Penetewan watersports hire.
The Ship Inn for a pint of Tribute ale a St Austell Brewery beer and very nice too!
I'm now passing Gamas Point walking towards Drennick.
|looking over to Drennick with Black Rock beyond.|
|A view down to Hallane beach|
I am now atop of Drennick Headland and am approaching Black rock.
|view to Black rock|
|Memorial Stone to AL Rowse|
Dr. Alfred Leslie Rowse CH FBA (4 December 1903 – 3 October 1997), known publicly as A. L. Rowse but to friends and family as Leslie, was a British Author and historian from Cornwall.
I ummed and erred for a while whether or not to walk to the top of Black Rock as this veered away from the path. But hey I'm only here once so up I went.
|View down to beach beneath Drennick and Black Rock.|
|Remains of a fort|
I now push on towards Trenarren.Trenarren (Cornish: Dinaran) is a hamlet northeast of Pentewan. A. L. Rowse the historian lived in his retirement in Trenarren House.
|Speckled Wood Butterfly|
I now reach Ropehaven Nature Reserve.
The path is littered with Badger holes and care is needed. But tiredness got me and I slipped off the path and fell over, nothing serious but its getting to me now.
I am now making my way down into Lower Portpean. (pronounced Porth Pee-ann).
I couldn't quite find where the path went from here and walked a short way up the road before thinking this can't be right and I headed back to the beach. i stopped at a kiosk on the beach for a coke and chocolate bar to get a sugar hit for the final push. I asked in the kiosk and the path is hidden away at the end of the prom up a set of stairs. I started up the stairs that had a river of water running down it.
At the top were the remains of a fort or battery.
I now drop down into Charlestown.
I walk on through Charlestown into St Austell to get the bus back to Mevagissey. I wander about trying to find the stop and stopped off in ASDA for a Cornish pasty. I walked back up towards the Rail Station and waited at a bus stop. I am now totally exhausted and worried if I will be able to get back at all as I have just remembered its a bank holiday Monday!
After a short wait a bus came along I made my way back to Mevagissey after parting with £3 for the bus fare. About a 10 mile walk in all but felt like so much more with the climbs!