A family walk along a stretch of coast path not far from us, but which we haven’t visited in years, was the conclusion over a leisurely family brunch. It seemed only I remembered going there before, until we arrived of course and the fragments of memory came back for the children. We parked up in the National Trust car park at Port Quin where they have an honesty box for a £2 parking charge.
It is right next to a couple of old cottages and the slip way to the beach. Guy was understandably taken with the cottage name.
The rest piled down the slipway and onto the beach with their football before Nick had even locked the car! Fun and games with a football and the prospect of some very wet shoes before the journey had begun. I had sensibly worn my trusty Rockfish Wellies, ideal for walking and on the beach but Guy and Jed complained they couldn’t run in wellies and so were wearing school shoes!
Clio is truly Daddy’s girl and found the best way to travel back to firm land.
The coast path was accessed from the lane via open rolling hills with a truncated gothic Folly in the distance. This was built in 1827 by Samuel Symans who was a local businessman and used it as a place to entertain, but today is it owned by the National Trust for rent as a holiday cottage. Rolling down the hills, the children raced ahead to explore, chasing the football and sliding over on the wet ground along the way.
Peering through the windows we could see it was currently rented. If you are after a truly different type of holiday this could be it with quirky features and stunning views, but be prepared for every walker to have a good rattle of the door knob and stare through the window.
Carrying on our walk it began to rain and I was glad I brought a coat. The teens complained I said it was going to be lovely and on my advice didn’t bring theirs. Still they made the most of it, sliding on the muddy path still kicking the football and fooling around with their younger siblings till the sun came back out.
We came across two old mine shafts. Once they were mined commercially for lead but now just make an interesting land mark with not enough security around them more my liking. Naturally the children all peered down the shaft while Nick and I shouted to them to stand further back. Paying lip service to our concerns they began throwing a few stones and boulders down to gauge the depth. Deep was the answer as we listened to the clank of the stones against the side of the mine as they travelled down.
Not satisfied with this they lit themselves a fire using the surrounding dead gorse, a tissue and a lighter from their pocket and threw the contents of this down to see if they could see any more; it didn’t really help but they were impressed with the puff of smoke they created.
Our journey was well signed thanks to the National Trust. The path had stunning views to one side and farming fields to the other. All the gates were labelled with closing instructions; my children ignored this and simply hopped over the top. This is not a path for buggies as even if it wasn’t slippery and boggy there are styles to cross.
Rounding the crest of a hill we saw a beautiful bay ahead of us. There were surfers enjoying the clean waves and although the tide was coming in, there was still some beach to be seen. The children all clambered down to play while Nick and I sat at the top admiring the view and listening to their shouting and squeals below as they jumped from rock to rock and explored caves and waterfalls.
I love this photo of Clio and Daddy on the return leg of the journey and Guy, ever prepared taking a rest on the chair he packed in his rucksack, what a filthy state we all were but it really didn’t matter, we had a lovely time.
I can thoroughly recommend this part of the coast path for anyone staying with us this year. At under half an hour’s drive it makes for an interesting walk with plenty for the children to discover and all for £2 in the car park honesty box. Best of all it is open all year round and even with a shower of rain made a great family adventure.
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