Wednesday, 18 January 2012

In a fast-paced life walking slows us down

Photograph taken from the headland at  Polurrian  Cove , Lizard Cornwall

Ray and I took Poppy and Blue out for a long leisurely walk yesterday afternoon with lots of stops on the route to pause and admire the views. In a fast paced life walking slows us down. 

Reed Beds at Poldhu Cove Lizard Cornwall

We started from Poldhu Cove, normally everyone photographs the views out to sea, here I have shown the reed beds facing away from the sea. This was once a fast flowing river that originally formed the cove. Now it is home to many species of wildlife and has been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest by English Heritage as has most of our little cove. This gives it great protection and will ensure that the natural heritage is preserved for future generations. 

Murmuration of Starlings  at Poldhu Cove Mullion

Every year between Autumn and February starlings flock to the reed bed to create huge and magnificent murmurations. This must be one of nature best sights, the starlings sweep ball like in their hundreds of thousands, twisting and turning in formation before flying down to the reed bed and roosting for the night. The sound of their chattering fills the cove.

Murmuration of Starlings  at Poldhu Cove Mullion

We were walking to Mullion Cove and set off along the coast path on an overcast but dry day.

Photograph of the view from the Marconi Field at Poldhu Cove, Lizard looking towards Mullion Island

The Island is now a bird sanctuary and no one is allowed onto the island. Do you remember Enid Blyton's books about the Famous Five. I grew up on these books and in my imagination I was with them on each of their adventures. Many were set in and around the fictitious Kirran Bay Cornwall and on  Kirran Island.

The first time I saw Mullion Island I immediately thought Famous Five. I think that was one of the reasons I fell in love with this area.

This time of year you will more than likely get the coast path to yourself.

Coast path looking back towards Mount Bay Cornwall

Coast path Looking back towards Polurrian Cove Cornwall 

There has been coastal erosion here. If I lived in this house and there was a bad storm I would be worried that the house would end up at the bottom of the cliff.

 Polurrian Cove Cornwall 

It is a steep walk down into Polurrain Cove and back up the other side.

The steps leading up from Polurrian Cove Cornwall 

When I took this photograph there was a fine mist blowing in from the sea so it is hazy.

Polurrian Hotel,Polurrian Cove Cornwall 

The hotel is undergoing a multi million pound upgrade. We are looking forward to visiting the spa when finished. Can you see the tennis court, it is on the edge of the cliff, you can just see the ground sloping away.

There can't be many tennis courts with this view. You can just see the Poldhu in the distance.

View over Mount's Bay Cornwall 

Onwards we walked to Mullion Cove. There is an old cannon guarding the entrance

Mullion Cove & Island Lizard Cornwall 

You could imagine an old pirate ship dropping anchor here.

Mullion Cove & Island Lizard Cornwall 

Then we went inland passing these chickens on the way. They were very interested in us and came rushing over.

Chickens at Mullion Meadows Lizard Cornwall 

Their eggs are served in the cafe at Mullion Meadows which is a great place to stop for a light lunch and good coffee.

We then did a large circle around the village and back onto the coast path and home 

We were glad to see this sign, only 1.25 miles to home.

There were lots of snores coming from two tired dogs and one husband last night as I sat stitching grass on ATS.

Warm Wishes from Stitching By A Cornish Sea Shore Nicola xxx