Perranporth to Newquay

7/9/13 Another trip to Saltash to retrace our steps to Perranporth with a Ride Cornwall ticket. Walking across the beach, we came across what I thought would be a beach bar. However, the Watering Hole didn't make any claims about its genre, so in we went.

Pints of Proper Job (4.5%) and Tribute (4.2%) for £7 tasted nice enough in this quite large venue. On leaving, we started climbing the dunes, but were soon directed back to the beach.

Eventually we climbed back to the hills and the familiar surroundings of mine and military relics.

Holywell Bay was next.

The pub in Holywell is St Pirans Inn. Two more nice pints of Doom (4%) and Tribute (4.2%) for £6.55.

 From here, we followed the road to a grocers and purchased a couple of pleasant pasties. With a lack of coastpath signs, I asked in the shop for directions. Following her instructions, we dodged the dunes but seemed to be heading inland. Nearing the coast at West Pentire, we decided to cross Crantock Beach. We then crossed the Gannel on the tidal footbridge. We did see some signs near Fistral Beach, but soon had to start guessing again.

The Red Lion has a sign nearby. We had a Fire Raven (4.7%) and North Shore IPA (3.8%) for £5.60. The beer wasn't very nice and the pub didn't impress.

The Fort Inn is just down the road. Proper Job (4.5%) and Tribute (4.2%) for £6.60 were slightly better in this family pub.

We saw another sign down the hill that directed us to some gardens where we tried to stay near the coast and eventually found another sign pointing to a path. At the end of this path is the Griffin. We had two pints of Doom (4%) for £6.60 in another eating house.

The railway station is just across the road and we changed trains in Par and Liskeard to reach Saltash.

Portreath to Perranporth

24/8/13 Another August Saturday and so we went to Saltash again rather than use the A30. Train to Redruth and bus to Portreath. I'd forgot about the Portreath Arms.

So it was early pints of  Cornish Knocker (4.5%) and Devon Darter (4.5%) for £5.70. A few locals were in early. Then it was across the road for a pasty each. We always seem to get pasties at the bottom of hills. After the road out, we return to the coast and more ups and downs between the sea and an MoD airfield.

This continues for a while along with some signs of mining until the beach at Porth Towan comes into view. We then descend to the village and the Unicorn.

Pints of Tribute (4.2%) and Youngs (3.7%) for £7. It felt like a beach bar, but was pleasant enough. We then passed a beach bar before ascending, descending through Chapel Porth and ascending away from that beach.

We continued around St Agnes Head before descending into the village itself where there is a pub with its own brewery.

The Driftwood Spars was unsurprisingly busy. We were offered a taste of different beers, but that felt like cheating and so we plumped for Montol (4.1%) and Alfies Revenge (6.5%) for £6.20. Seemed like a nice place.

After another climb out, it was past another airfield, more mine remains and Cligga Head until Perran Sands came into view.

The wind was getting up now, but just as we were deciding whether to press on or not, the Seiners Arms appeared.

So after pints of Ginger Tosser (3.8%) and Lushingtons (4.2%) for £6.60, it was the bus to Truro station and train back to Saltash.