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The "100 Mile Challenge" Cornwall Walking Holiday

Day 6 Looe to Jamaica Inn - The Smugglers Way

Distance - 20 miles (or can be split into 2 days)  Grade - Generally Moderate Walking Grade but strenuous on the open moor - what these grades mean

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It’s the longest day today but with steady walking and climbing throughout. You start your return crossing of Cornwall up the lush and serene West Looe Valley, otters, deer, bubbling rivers and forest tracks lead you on a long lost journey towards desolate Bodmin Moor reacquainting a very different youthful and gushing Fowey River on route. Once up on the open moorland watchful route finding will lead you to an aged drovers route over the summit of Brown Gelly Tor and then around dark and foreboding Dozmary Pool scene of the death of King Arthur where Excalibur was hurled into the murky depths. Another mile or two across the moor and the welcome sight of Daphne Du Maurier’s Jamaica Inn appears, an isolated and desolate spot perfectly located for your overnight on Cornwall’s wildest moor.

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Overnight stops at wild Daphne du Maurier's Jamaica Inn in Bolventor

 

Day 7 - Jamaica Inn to Boscastle –  The Smugglers Way

Distance 16 miles - Grade Strenuous to Severe Grade on the Open Moor then moderate to Boscastle - what these grades mean

Rough Tor Cornwall Walking Holiday on the Smugglers Way trail routeYour final day takes you on the Smugglers Way over the highest points and peaks in Cornwall climbing 5 tors with some of the most fantastic panoramas in the west country. Tough walking on the moor once again is rewarded with climbs to the dramatic stone stack sculptures hewn out by the elements, along the moors exposed ridges. As you come down from the tors the route takes you along an abandoned WW2 airport runway in between the crumbling control towers and bunkers before dropping to the coast down remote bubbling tributaries of the surging Valency river. Following in Hardy’s footsteps for the final section down his “leaf covered aisle” to the fascinating hamlet of Boscastle with its unique natural Fjord like harbour, witchcraft museum and wild Atlantic coastline. Your 100 mile circle complete take a well earned refreshment in the Cobweb Inn as you reach the harbour satisfied in the knowledge that no other route in Cornwall could have revealed such variety of trail in its walking experience.

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Overnight stops in the North Coast Harbour of Boscastle

 

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