Quite a busy and complex day today, due to the timings of public transport. Although I have this section titled Hayle to Gurnards Head, my first section will be Carbis Bay to Hayle. I leave the hotel very early and join the SWCP at the bottom of the garden from the hotel. I walk in the early morning light behind the large houses and cross the railway line via a footbridge onto the seaward side.
I enter a small dune system, Port Kidney Sands as the shoreline swings around and enters the Hayle estuary. I recross the railway line and walk alongside a golf course to a small church. I notice some new way signs that point to St. Michaels Way, a footpath that runs all the way to St. Michaels Mount on the south coast. The road rejoins the railway running alongside the estuary. I pass by the small railway halt of Lelant. I join the busy BB3301 all the way to Hayle. At the head of the Estuary I am walking along a well-trodden grass verge, where I pass a granite stone that tells me I am entering Hayle District. I stop close to the new Asda store in Hayle and get a bus back to Carbis Bay.
At Carbis Bay, I walk into the centre of St. Ives with the intention of getting a bus out to Zennor. The bus is not going for a few hours so I opt to start walking to Zennor instead. The path is along low clifs and is fairly level with easy walking. I am soon at Zennor and the sun is very bright, amazing for late November! I walk into the village and find I have about one and a half hours to wait until the next bus back to St. Ives. So I opt to walk along the B3306 as far as Treen. At Treen is the Gurnards Head Pub, as I have made good time I decide to nip in for a pint. I order a pint of shandy which costs £3.62!!! I did not order a second. I drop down onto the SWCP and make my way back along the cost to Zennor, passing a few ruined engine Houses on the way.
I joined other walkers on the #14 bus back to St. Ives
Distance today = 14.5 miles
Total distance = 648 miles