On Friday we ate a ginormous and thoroughly magnificent breakfast (all Cornish produce & quite delicious) at The Scarlet, in order to set us up for the afternoon’s activities: walking up and along the Coastal Path to Carnewas for a cream tea (instead of lunch) at the National Trust tea rooms, just along from the Bedruthan Steps.
This walk is hands down one of my favourite walks anywhere in the UK. It’s short — only a mile or so each way, but I am not a speedy walker, and it takes me about 40 minutes there, and about 20 coming back. That’s because it’s pretty much uphill all the way there. In the photo below taken from just beneath The Scarlet Hotel above Mawgan Porth beach, you can see the coastal path snaking up to the cliff ridge, which you then walk along until the path straightens out north again, all the way to Carnewas, the Bedruthan Steps and a most pleasing tea room. (I wrote about the tea rooms back in 2010.)
I overheard someone saying at the tearoom that they sold 560 scones one day last summer. I am not surprised. They are insanely good, and I recommend getting there quite early. We left it late, only arriving around 1615 and had the very last scones in the place.
Once large quantities of cream & jam slathered scones have been inhaled, we simply turn around again and march back from whence we came, much faster this time, given the downwards slope, back to Mawgan Porth to watch the tide coming in like lace, from the top of the cliff.