People are often reluctant to head outside during the longer nights of autumn and winter, so it was exciting to take a group to the cliffs of North Cornwall for a night time adventure. The Hunter’s Moon Walk began with a walk along the cliffs at dusk, hoping for a clear sky to see the moon rise above St Agnes Beacon. And we were in for a magical experience! The moon showed itself through the clouds at just the right moment, huge and golden as it rose above the horizon.
We walked up the Beacon by torchlight after dark, ready for a hot drink at the top. There’s not much light pollution in the area and with the occasional moments of clear sky the landscape was lit up for miles.
Porthtowan and the surrounding area is littered with the remains of copper mines, which are part of the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site. The cliffs between Chapel Porth and Porthtowan are also part of an Area of Outstanding National Beauty, encompassing a large area of heathland that turns to an endless purple carpet of bell heather in the summer months.
The village became a popular resort in Victorian times and the great stretch of golden sands tells you why. At low tide there’s a sea-water filled swimming pool tucked in the rocks at the bottom of the cliffs and the surf is renowned for the quality of surfing throughout the year. The beach has been awarded Blue Flag status “for exceptional quality and cleanliness”, which makes it a popular destination in summer.