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The Beacon at St Agnes

Cornwall GOC report. 9th February 2014.

It was with great trepidation that we watched the weather forecast on the days leading up to our monthly walk. The days previous has seen every weather pattern imaginable with many dramatic pictures on the TV depicting a west-country weather beaten into submission.

Fortunately our walk day was given a more promising forecast and the organisers, Simon and Steve had a contingency for alternatives should re-routing have become necessary. We assembled close to the town of St Agnes and even as we waited for everyone to group the skies turned from blue to black and the winds gusted to storm force. Undaunted we walked along the cliff path towards Chapel Porth as close as we dared to go to the edge. The sea which could sink fishing boats, breach harbour walls and destroy train lines was in its full glory. This was a memorable and frightening sight, a boiling cauldron of waves and foam.

From Chapel Porth we route marched up the valley to the top of the headland, St Agnes Beacon, before dropping down to the village for eats. Some sat in the church porch as hailstones turned the gravestones white – others popped in the pub for sustenance. We walked to the cove to have a closer look at the tremendous seas and staggered along the coastal path eventually reaching the cars. What a walk! How exhilarating! This was raw Cornwall and the ten GOC members returned home rosy cheeked well pleased with a thrilling and awe-inspiring walk.

How appropriate that as we drove home the heavens opened once again – but then a rainbow appeared – a forecast of more excellent comradeship and many good times.

T.J.

 

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