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poetry and prose about place

glimpses of the South West Coast Path 7-21

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map showing distance travelled (map from Google Earth)

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As I bike along the road, following the Street View path of images, I know that between me and the ocean is a path.  Known as the South West Coast Path, this long-distance footpath is a National Trail in the UK.  It  runs 630 miles or 1014 km from Somerset, along the coast Devon and Cornwall and into Dorset.  It originated as a path to watch for smugglers and is now a major tourist attraction.

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Sometimes, where the road I am following approaches the coast, the path becomes synonymous with the road.  Most of the time, however, it runs along the high land overlooking the sea …

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stretch of coastal path near Pentewan, marked in red … part of the path runs along the road and part along the top of the cliff overlooking the ocean ( map from Google Earth)

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Where the path and the road run together, there is often a rail fence to mark the way …

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Sometimes I see a set of stairs or a parking lot to allow public access the trail …

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stairs to access coastal path near Looe (image from Street View)

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It occurs to me that a variant on what I am doing for exercise would be to walk the path virtually.  In reality, the path takes about 8 weeks to walk, although one runner has run the path in a little more than 16 days.  The path is quite visible in aerial view in Google Earth.

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Best View: stone walls as I neared Mevagissey …

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Aug 2, 2013  'road near St. Austell'   Jane Tims

Aug 2, 2013 ‘road near Megavissey’ Jane Tims

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Copyright  2013  Jane Tims

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  1. What a beautiful setting for a bike ride (or a walk).

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    Sheryl

    September 12, 2013 at 10:45 pm

    • Hi Sheryl. Sometimes the scene is so gorgeous, I forget to pedal … my virtual equivalent of a walk! Jane

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      jane tims

      September 14, 2013 at 9:27 am

  2. You never mention what it is like to meet a car on these roads. Normally I am driving on the other side and the cars are tearing along. Pretty scary given that you are driving on the opposite side than you normally do. On a bike , do you you ever drift to the North American side. then there are the small delivery trucks that seem to take up the whole road.

    It would be a great path to walk the dogs on.

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    Sue Tisa

    September 11, 2013 at 11:10 am

    • Hi ‘Sue’. Even in virtual world, I often feel like I am squeezing by the various vehicles! When a particular car continues to appear in many photos, it is a mental gymnastic to figure out if ‘I’ am following them or they are following ‘me’. I don’t know how I’d do in real life. Perhaps I’ll know some day. Jane

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      jane tims

      September 11, 2013 at 11:37 am

  3. Hi Jane,,,,I am on your Blog every Mon,, Wed,, and Fri. That is how interested in it,,”I am.! “I don’t comment every time,,but I am there. I absolutely love your drawing.! The “orange” and “reds” are awesome. I decided that I was adding,,, ” A drawing from Jane Tims” on my bucket list.! How cool would that be.? Plus a series of “books” from you. I just know it can happen,,,with “God’s help”. See ya on Friday and until then,,,”Keep Smiling.”.

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    patsi

    September 11, 2013 at 10:54 am

    • Hi Patsi. I’d be happy to be a check on your bucket list. If your let me know one you’d like, I’ll see if I still have it. A gift for one of my oldest friends! Jane

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      jane tims

      September 11, 2013 at 11:33 am

      • Why Jane Tims,,,,,I would be more than happy to have any one of your drawings,,,I’d treasure it forever,,,I promise. All of them are unbelievable. You are an excellent example to the young and old that “Anything is Possible”. And I thank you for that. Have a great weekend.! patsi. ,,,,,,,”I can’t wait”.!!!!!!!!!!!

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        patsi

        September 13, 2013 at 6:52 am

      • Hi. It will give me an ‘excuse’ to visit you. It’ll be a while … Jane

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        jane tims

        September 14, 2013 at 9:28 am

  4. Our relatives from Cornwall are arriving in a few days. Your blog has given me a greater understanding of where they live and has raised so many conversation starters. It’s beautiful countryside.

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    Carol Steel

    September 11, 2013 at 8:26 am

    • Hi Carol. I’d be curious to know what they think of my take on the Cornwall countryside. Perhaps they know that Hobbit door! Have a wonderful time with your relatives and friends! Jane

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      jane tims

      September 11, 2013 at 11:31 am


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