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There are many walks on the Lizard to choose from, lots of pretty little places to picnic, but this quiet route is off-the-beaten-track and not over populated. We could've ventured shoeless, as per our recent Barefoot Adventures. But we chose to flip-flop our way along this particular new territory.
We balanced the car on a roadside mound like some sort of commercial for a 4x4 and crossed over to the gate. It had been an experience negotiating the tiny high-sided lane to get here, so it is no wonder that not many bother. But the sun dappled path leading into the woodland beckoned, and looked to be full of the promise of fairies and dells so off we set.
The path itself is a decent man-made surface – fit for a Queen in fact as it was originally made for Queen Victoria to travel and visit the quay in 1847. Unfortunately she never showed up. But at least it means visitors have benefitted ever since. It’s quite a magical trail past tropical trickling walls, past flourishing greenery with a lush canopy overhead and then along the creek with glimpses of boats through the leaves. Early Spring would see views reach across the river but leafiness gave cover to the songbirds chirping away.
After about twenty minutes of complaints about awkward wicker hampers and attempts to carry it one hand each, we reach a fork in the path. Left is the most attractive option, sloping downhill and seemingly in the right direction for the waterside plus there is a helpful arrow shape built out of sticks and stones on the floor. Ideal. Unfortunately if you want to get to the quay you need to take the uphill grass path to the right. But we did get some nice pictures of the bankside mini beach overhung by willowy trees and dotted with abandoned fishing boats.
Back on track and the hill is only short, we’re soon on the downward slope that opens out to grassy Tremayne Quay. The tall trees only shade half so we settle on a conveniently cut log seat in the sunshine. Time to unpack the picnic hamper!