No year would be complete without Daisy breaking down at least once! This year we thought we’d got away with it. No break down on our two week holiday, yay, a break through. We spoke too soon.
Happily driving along the A30 towards Helston when with no prior warning that it was coming, Daisy’s engine just cut out. Half way up a hill, with no slip road to pull over into. Something had taken out the fuse that had the hazard lights on it and we where stranded in the middle of a fast moving road with traffic coming at us and no way to warn them we had stopped! Luckily Nik managed to put a much bigger fuse in it’s place just to get us moving again long enough to find a parking spot and safety as we were sitting ducks where we were.
After a very long wait for the RAC, he managed to get us going again, but it turns out that Daisy’s dodgy wiring was to blame yet again. For some reason a previous owner had rewired the glow plugs into the dash and connected them to the hazard lights fuse. The wiring couldn’t take it and so took the whole lot out. We have considered just paying someone to go through Daisies wiring and sorting it out but we figure it wont be long and will all be done, haha.
We stayed at Penrose Camp Site which is about five minutes walk from Porthleven and surrounded by lush countryside and beautiful walks. As we’d arrived quite late we sited Daisy and took Oscar for a little walk. We followed the signs for the bridal path which takes a circular route around the farm and over the coastal path. It was already starting to get dark so we only managed to do a small part of the walk but it gave us an idea of where we were going the next day.
Saturday we woke up to a fairly grey, but very warm day, it didn’t take long for the sun to burn through the clouds though, so by the time we were ready to set off for Porthleven it was a beautiful day. We followed the bridal path again until it met the road that leads into Porthleven above the beach. This is a lovely easy walk, nicely fenced off from farm fields so we were able to relax and not worry about where Oscar was going or if there were animals in one of the fields. We could see Loe Pool and the beach from the path which made for a very nice view. It’s a popular dog walking route so Oscar had lots of fun meeting other dogs along the way.
Porthleven is a lovely little fishing village and all activity is centred around the harbour, restaurants, cafes, trinket shops and such. We wondered around at a nice sedate pace enjoying the ambience of the place. It wasn’t too busy here, maybe this was because it’s nearing the end of the tourist season, maybe because there aren’t too many campsites near by so the village doesn’t end up quite as over run as some Cornish villages during the summer months. We picked up some lunch from The Horse and Jockey and wondered down to the beach to eat. The beach here is split into two parts. The part of the beach closest to the harbour is dog free, and all the rest leading up to Loe Bar you can walk your dog on, so this is where we went. The beach is a 3 mile fine shingle beach at low tide on quite a steep downward slope, so quite difficult to walk on in places. However we didn’t see it at low tide, so it may have been all sand and pretty flat under the waves. Either way it is a beautiful beach and so relaxing to walk along. Oscar and I had a little play in the shallows, he’s not sure about the waves yet so does need some encouragement to get in the sea, so when a big wave managed to catch him unawares he decided he’d had enough and ended up walking along the top of the beach as far away from the sea as he could get. We had to do a little bit of rock climbing when we had almost reach Loe Bar as there is a over flow from Loe Pool that lets out and was running very fast and quite deep. As the tide was still quite high we thought it was a bit risky to walk Oscar through it. He didn’t object to a bit of climbing over the rocks though, which was good.
Loe Bar also known as Loe Pool, is the biggest natural freshwater lake in Cornwall separated from the sea by a shingle bank, and is stunning. The sand on the pool site is very fine and the bank is quite a good windbreak. Oscar made straight for the still water of the lake and was happy to splash around in it up to his tummy until he’d cooled down enough to come lie beside us and have his first ever snooze on the beach. We sat here watching little fish in the shallows jumping for flies and ducks and swans off to the distance. It would have been very easy to join Oscar in a snooze here is this very peaceful setting. Eventually we made our way back to Daisy via the footpath up through the woodland. The perfect ending to a lovely day out, all very nicely shattered.
Sunday we woke up to bright, warm sunshine. Perfect as we had a nice leisurely walk around Loe Pool and it isn’t as much fun in the rain. The walk is about 7 miles so we packed a lunch as we planned to make a day of it. We started our walk from the old Stables and walked along the path that leads towards Helston. This is a nicely re-paved path suitable for wheel chair users. As always we found an alternate route through the trees along the river Cober, which along this stretch looks more like a stream. It was a bit muddy but very peaceful and pretty. We stopped for a drink and a piece of cake in the café at the boating lake on the edge of Helston before rejoining the path around Loe Pool. All along the path there are signs for public footpaths leading off in different directions which would have loved to investigate, but for once we were being sensible as it was quite hot and we didn’t want to push Oscar too hard. The path takes you through trees and you aren’t always in view of the lake, this doesn’t detract from the enjoyment of the walk one bit. Intact, it’s quite nice on a hot day to have some time in the shade of the trees.
We reached a beautiful spot, in the sun, beside the water and decided to stop here for lunch. Oscar made a beeline for the water and went straight in up to his tummy and to our amazement a pair of swans with a cygnet swam up to him to say hello. We watched with bated breaths, wondering what Oscar would do when faced with the three of them only to have him pretty much ignore them and carry on playing in the water. They stayed the whole time we were having our lunch, one even ventured out of the water to beg for some of our lunch. Eventually Oscar did get curious enough to have a sniff of them and they put up with it for a few minutes before hissing at him, at which point Oscar decided they were a bit boring and wondered off to do his own thing. The rest of our walk was pretty uneventful but not the less very enjoyable. In all, including the many stops we made along the way, the circular route took us just over four hours to complete.
Oscar was very please to get back to Daisy where he curled up on the sofa for a snooze before tea.
Monday we woke up to thick fog, luckily we’d planned a nice easy day walking into Helston with no scenic photography on the menu. Nik did stop and take a few pictures of Penrose house and the lake in the fog. Helston isn’t overly big, it is really quite busy though. After thoroughly exploring we had some lunch and made our way back to Daisy. Although the path from Helston to Penrose is paved, most of it is edged with woodland which Oscar had to explore, so by the time we got back to Daisy his legs and tummy were covered in mud and he was shattered so he quickly laid down on the towel on the sofa and went to sleep for a few hours. Nik and I spent the afternoon reading. The sun did find it’s way out by late afternoon but Oscar was tired so we left to have a nice restful afternoon.
In the evening we took Oscar for a nice easy walk around the fields that we had been camping in and to our great surprise discovered that at the end of the second field is a path that leads down to the coast path towards Porthleven. It took us about half an hour to get to this spot on Saturday and two minutes this evening. We did have to laugh at ourselves for missing this. Having said that, we still would have taken the long route as we like to walk.
Tuesday and we have to go home. Daisy doesn’t want to go so refused to start. We were pretty sure that the starting motor was gone but weren’t in a position to do anything about it, as we were stuck in a field, so yet again the RAC had to called. After a long wait it was confirmed that the starting motor had given up the will to live and was the route cause of our trouble with the wiring at the beginning of our weekend. So guess what we will be doing before we can go away again!
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