2 1/2 weeks I’ve been laid up with a bad chest infection.. hence the lack of recent words… so having been somewhat restricted of late it was with relief this weekend that I felt ok to do normal weekend stuff like ride bikes and paddle kayaks. Now, I rarely paddle estuaries because, you know, they’re not exactly exciting places to paddle a sea kayak.. however from time to time it does carry some novelty value and Cornwall does have a really rather good estuary in form of the Fal Estuary. Structurally it’s a ria, a flooded river valley with an extensive system of tidal creeks feeding into the main Carrick Roads. So, for a change and wanting to put in a few miles rather than the usual rocks/surf/silly things flavour of paddling that goes on we made a trip out of Ruan Creek, down the main Carrick Roads, around the corner at St Anthony Head (link to national Trust page) and northeast along the coast to Pendower. A nice little outing of somewhere between 19 and 20 miles with the benefit of a really short car shuttle from Pendower back to our launch point at Ruan Lanihorne. About half inland paddling, half ocean. Enough estuary action to keep me going for at least a year I reckon :-)
As a footnote… Pendower beach, it is a beautiful spot at the end of a wooded valley with a small area of dunes and a beach. So this morning when dropping my car there it was utterly heartbreaking to find…
The dunes were full of tents (complete with people).. not just little tents but dirty great big ones… and covered in garbage, damaged by numerous camp fires despite signs saying ‘Please don’t…’. It’s a delicate habitat. I really cannot get to grips with the mindset required to do this anywhere let alone such a spot as this. To think “hey, even though I had the means to bring all this stuff with me I think I’ll just toss it in the hedgerow/dunes/ before I drive home”. What I would have given for a flamethrower this morning… clean the bastards out like the vermin that they are. Cornwall in the summer time unfortunately does seem to attract increasing numbers of wankers who instead of shitting in their own backyards would rather come down here on holiday and shit in someone else’s. Horrible.
Please excuse my language. I really was/am quite upset about it.