As one of the first gales of autumn tossed the country with its half spent force, we stole a few minutes for an afternoon walk from Perranuthnoe along the bridle path towards Trenow Cove. The low Cornish banks are laced with bronzed brackens now but somehow this year it looks a celebration of the countryside after our long warm Autumn. Even the garlands of berries seem to look forward towards the winter as a final legacy of our gorgeous summer.
An autumn walk to Trenow Cove
St Michael’s Mount quickly came into view of course as we left Perranuthnoe and kept us company as the track wound its way towards the cove and we could see the white tipped waves being driven out towards Cudden Point across Mounts Bay. We walked into the gale admiring the timeless huddle of houses of Marazion clinging to the waters edge around Top Teig harbour with gently rhythmic steps.
Finally we dropped down the slipway to Trenow and crossed the little stream that emerges from a mine adit and chose two sun warmed boulders to sit below the red tamarisk fringed cliffs and watch the sea birds dive.
We sat in the softly arching cove ringed with pebbles and sea weed thrown up by the storm and watched an elegant tern battled backwards in the swell just in front of us, yet it was never somehow caught by the breaking waves by dint of exquisite, elegant timing.
All too soon the sands of time that mark our afternoon had run through and it was time to turn toward Ednovean but refreshed and invigorated by stepping aside from ourselves for the afternoon and feeling a new appreciation of the shelter of Perranuthnoe as we walked back into the village.
To read more about Trenow Cove
Trenow Cove is just to the west of the sandy beach of Perranuthnoe, a coastal village on the shores of Mounts Bay within sight of Penzance with wonderful clifftop walks to secluded coves within the shelter of Cudden point. To see more of these coves try my blog about Perranuthnoe village