Reskajeage and Tehidy Coastal and Nature Reserve Walk

June 23, 2015 by becca.lazar No Comments

We’re always looking for new ways to experience familiar places here at Cornish Holiday Cottages and sometimes we get a little stuck for ideas. It was while searching online for a new walk that we found southwestcoastpath.com (http://www.southwestcoastpath.com) a few weeks ago. As you can probably guess, the site is quite a comprehensive guide to coastal path walking in the South West.

There are loads of ways to find walks on the site. You can type in a postcode or search by area. You can define how far you want to walk, how long you want it to take, whether you want a circular or linear walk. You can also designate a theme to your walks e.g. suitable for dogs, pushchairs, or those based around a visit to the pub half way round. As locals we’ll definitely be using this over the summer and we thought you might like it too.

I digress. Our new favourite trapes started off at North Cliff car park, just outside of Portreath, where the path steers along the sheer and cragged cliffs that watch over deserted, sandy, inaccessible coves. The view was a sumptuous feast of stacks and towers strewn down the coastline. The weather was glorious and we could see for miles in either direction.

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Sea birds swooped and cawed as we walked west, towards Godrevy and Hell’s Mouth – Hell’s Mouth itself being a huge, dominating cliff, looking down onto a shark’s jaw of a cove where smugglers used to lure boats. This part of the walk is mostly flat, a well-trodden path running parallel to the road

At Hell’s Mouth, there’s a café serving fresh coffee and some delicious homemade cakes and it is here that we made our turn inland. It was also here that we had to put our trust in the website’s map and directions a little more as it began to cross streams, weave over stiles and contour around farmer’s fields.

Grazing sheep watched us with mild interest as we marched through their home, spring lambs bouncing around them. After the sheep were horses and after the horses cows came to peer at us through gaps in the hedgerows.

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From here we delved into the Red River Local Nature Reserve and a sense of wooded tranquillity. Hidden in the valley, away from the blustery coast it was like we had travelled a hundred miles, not five. Wildflowers framed the river banks and insects buzzed and fluttered their way between them. Apparently woodpeckers and otters can also be spotted on the reserve. The Red River gets its name from the mining wastes that used to be washed into the river, turning it a rusty red colour. This ended in the 1960s but the water is still flows with the same burgundy colouring.

As the Red River Reserve ended Tehidy Woods began and the trees got taller and the path became shadier. It was here that we started the incline back to the car park as well. Our feet were tired by this point, but it was well worth it.

We’d travelled through three completely different environments, made friends with some horses and discovered somewhere new and quite special within our own back yards. There’s a lesson to be learned here: maybe we don’t know our own back yard as well as we thought.
For details of the Reskajeage and Tehidy coastal walk follow the link (http://www.southwestcoastpath.com/walksdb/printable-walk/710/)

Here you will find detailed instructions and part of an Ordinance Survey map in a handy, printable (or smartphone useable) layout.

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