We set out to walk along the coastal footpath, threading across the fields from Ednovean Farm along the ancient footpaths that drop down towards the sea. As we emerged at Trebarvah, there is a spellbinding view down over Perranuthnoe to St Michael’s Mount.
From here a church way (probably used to access the church and carry the coffins down to the graveyard) picks its way across the mine spoil heap down through the terraced fields to emerge conveniently near the village pub.
The coastal footpath continues to Stackhouse Cove
We continued to walk the coastal footpath to a quiet cove that day though. Firstly down an unmade road and then forking again onto the footpath. The expanse of Perran beach far below us at first and with the low tide the sands seem to follow us for some time along our route – the Tamarisk sometimes parting to reveal glimpses of families paddling the tide line.
Stackhouse Cove and the Admiral
Below the imposing presence of Acton Castle lays Stackhouse Cove after the Admiral of the same name. The Admiral when not in London and used to conduct experiments into sea weeds in the rocky pools. He was also the landlord for the infamous John Carter of the Smuggling family “The smugglers of Prussia Cove”They worked Prussia Cove just beyond Cudden point and made good use of his absences. Although as somebody wryly remarked he couldn’t have been totally ignorant of his tenant’s adventures.
Admiral Stackhouse had a sea pool built for his wife beautifully hewn from the rocks with neatly cut steps. As elegant as a Japanese plunge pool is it perfectly concealed on the rocky ledges guarding the eastern slops of the Cove near the ruined boat house.
Walking home towards Perranuthnoe again
After our quiet hours on the cove we took the lower route back to Perranuthnoe. It came as a shock to reach the bustle of the village after the quiet serenity of our little cove. Finally as we reached the peace of home we turned again to admire the view back over Perranuthnoe.