Feeling like a long walk today I set off for Penrose Estate, more National Trust-owned land near Helston. Within the estate is a huge pool called Loe Pool which sweeps towards the sea, separated by a naturally occurring ‘bar’.
The weather was changing all day, and rays of sun were bursting through the clouds and onto the bar when I reached it, creating interesting patches of light and dark to complement the azure sea.
All around the pool were blackberries ripe for picking and I made sure I had plenty as I walked the 6.5 mile loop back up to Penrose. It was hard to believe I was in Cornwall when some viewpoints of the pool looked so much like I was in the jungle.
Unfortunately swimming is banned in the pool – it’s incredibly polluted from surface run-off from nearby farms, mining waste and probably crap (literally) from upstream in Helston. You wouldn’t know it to look at it though, so it’s best to admire it from a distance.
I somehow got lost walking back but eventually found my way thanks to a helpful old local couple who loved the chance to chat to someone new to the area. They were amazed I was so happy to walk this alone, and couldn’t believe their ears when I told them where in the world I’d travelled to by myself. Having said that, they couldn’t believe I’d even go to Birmingham alone so I think they’ve lived a very sheltered life. Lovely people though, and a nice end to my walk.