Day 12: Polzeath to Tintagel

Route
A strenuous 18 mile walk from Polzeath to Tintagel, and the first of a pair of days walking coastline that I have never visited before. I’ve been told this stretch is wild and hilly, and indeed with the strong wind, good rain and over 3000ft of elevation today often felt more like walking in the Lake District. I finished my walk at Tintagel, of course associated with King Arthur. As a Yorkshireman I know where Camelot really was. I was more touched by Port Isaac of ‘Doc Martin’ fame, although the village of Tintagel is fascinating.

Birds
Herring Gull, Kestrel, Gannet, Common Gull, Wood Pigeon, Shag, Robin, Stonechat, House Sparrow, Goldfinch, Cormorant, Great Black Backed Gull, Black Headed Gull, Magpie

Wild Animals
Atlantic Grey Seal

Poem
terrine

northern opposition sees
london dolphin general
face like a ham hock terrine
cheeks royal mail red

general work being shelter –
flapjack in the leave tin
200 birds on the corn beach
low liberal seafront

summer deficit simmers softies
under cold floods in sand
from years embracing land
becoming large flat solids

gulls – a type of liquid
for beach makers
double behaved wind assets
spring – a young christian surfer

bad feet oxford seeds
beach crisis effeminate leaf parents
polzeath major in welfare bay
garnished by surfers’ sprigs

Visuals