An inland walk around Predannack Airfield…

Another grey day though still quite warm and more importantly dry. Today we are leaving the car at home and walking the short distance along the main road (which is now getting very busy as people pile onto and off the Lizard bound for and from the Point, Kynance Cove or Kennack Sands) to the turn off for Predannack Airfield. The airfield dates back to 1941 and the second WW but is now used as a training ground for nearby RNAS Culdrose helicopter flying and cattle grazing – fortunately these particular beauties were on the airfield side of the fence…

The footpath meanders through the downs, roughly following the perimeter fence with occasional sea glimpses (ahead initially towards Mullion) and then on our right as we turn southwards towards the Lizard.

Though not the most scenic walk it was indeed very peaceful, with mostly just birdsong for company as we didn’t see another soul – until we got nearer the active part of the airfield where we were joined by a couple of low flyers!!

We didn’t continue on to Lizard village, rather opting to cut across the downs through Windmill Farm Nature Reserve and completing this 7 mile circuit with a short walk back up the main road home.

Note Poppydog was kept on a very short lead through the reserve where dogs are strictly not allowed but we didn’t see anything for her to disturb anyway!

A stroll through Degibna Wood to Loe Pool….

A grey day for us today but still quite warm and with just the odd spit in the air a good day for a socially distanced walk with friends and dogs. We met up in the NT car park at Degibna and meandered down through the woodlands until we came across the grassy fields down at Carminowe Creek. Here as there were very few other people around Poppydog got her long awaited freedom.

Carminowe Creek leads into Loe Pool just south of Loe Bar – the opposite side to the more popular Penrose Estate that we have wandered through a few times in the past.

We settled on a little stony beach on the side of the creek to enjoy our picnics (a rather elaborate term for a can of pop and a packet of crisps on my part but the others had brought flasks and made sandwiches!) whilst the dogs enjoyed a run around and for Poppydog a nice swim in the creek.

Not a long walk, about 3.5 miles but very enjoyable with great company for a change.

Chasing seagulls at Ingoldmells….

A rather nice sunny day, still a tad chilly but the wind has dropped for a while at least. A bit of a domestic day for us today making the most of the fine weather to de-sand the van and do a bit of washing. All done, we set off for a walk along the beach. North of Seathorne, the beach is backed by the huge Butlins Holiday Park which is all fenced in with only one access point and though there appear to be plenty of people in the holiday park they don’t appear to be beach types and so we have the beach to ourselves.

And poppydog gets to do what she likes best, run free and chase seagulls…

This one in particular was definitely ‘playing’ staying up above but never too far away….

One happy, wet and sandy hound….

Oh well it wouldn’t be right to have the van stay sand free for too long!

Couldn’t resist another photo of Seathorne – we shall miss this view….

Dodging the showers with a brisk walk to Ingoldmells…

Windy, showery, sunny a bit if everything for us today. We have decided not to venture far so we take a brisk walk along the promenade to Ingoldmells. Enjoying the dramatic skies above Seathorne.

Enjoying the emptiness of Ingoldmells Beach for Poppydog to let off some steam chasing seabirds.

And back along the promenade to moody Seathorne again….

A couple of hours and 5 miles is enjoyable and enough!

A walk around Gibraltar Point….

A mostly grey day with a fresh breeze for us today. We have decided to take a walk around Gibraltar Point (Wildlife Nature Reserve) and are soon at the Gibraltar Point Beach Car Park £2 for 2 hours – don’t like paying but as we discovered last time, walking along the beach is not an option as you have to cross a wide stream – so here we are.

The car park is about half a mile walk across the Reserve to the beach.

The whole area is a mix of low dunes, marshland and ponds, a haven for wildlife and birds (many just migrating through).

Out on the beach, just sand as far as you could see – back towards Seacroft….

And forward (south) towards Gibraltar Point….

Being a Nature Reserve, it is leads on for Poppydog, which is a bit of a shame particularly as we didn’t see any flocks of birds, just the odd gull. She could still run around in circles so all was not lost. After a mile or so we arrived at the Point, looking out across miles of sand and mudflats…

Oh yes and Norfolk just visible on the other side of the Wash. On the way back, part way along the beach, we found the footpath leading us to the visitor centre.

Unfortunately the Visitor Centre was already closed for the day – ah well we are only mildly curious, and so we made our way back to the car along an inland footpath.