Report from December 16th

A frosty start from Crafthole with a large all metal bridge covered in ice to negotiate. Then it was working my way past Par and St Austell before lots more climbing including frosty steps.
Had breakfast in a posh cafe in Charlestown missed out on the fact they served V60 coffee. Probably a good thing as the breakfast was costing plenty already!
The sun came out and helpfully melted all the ice on the south facing hills. As these were all going downwards as far as I was concerned , I had to descend very carefully to avoid sliding to the bottom. Going down was now slower than going up.
However the scenery made up for this as I rounded Trennaren point.
I got into Pentewan as was treated to coffee and ice cream there at the Piskey Cove.
One of the issues I have with the Southwest Coast path is it’s poor direction signs. As I left Pontewan my GPS was sending me up the B3273 . This was a twisty road with no pavements after half a mile of life in my hands style walking along the road including two near misses from speeding cars I discovered to my left was a footpath running parallel to the road. This was clearly the coastal path. I scrambled down a steep bank to join it and proceed in safety. The issue was there were no signs at the start of the path to point it out and send me safely away from the road.
I was overtaken by some other walkers who I asked about it in case I’d just missed an obvious sign. Nope, they described the sign as “tucked away on the access road to the mobile home site , it’s easy to miss” Well done Southwest Coast Path.
I was glad to arrive in Mevagissey and the Christmas light lit harbour was an uplifting end to the day.

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