Walk-Talland to Looe & Polperro

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Sun 1st Nov 2019 – A figure of 8 walk taking in a fair bit of the South West Coast Path between Looe and Polperro. We started and finished outside Talland Church with it’s glorious views across Talland Bay. Since starting my Churches Project we like to start and end our walks at one of Cornwall’s lovely Churches.

Lovely coastline looking back towards Looe and St George’s Island aka Looe Island

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MAP

Ordnance Survey iPhone app Map of today’s walk. There are quite a few steep hills on this walk so it turned out to be a nice training walk for our upcoming trip to Nepal. But the great thing about a steep hill is the fantastic views you get when you reach the top!

We use the Ordnance Survey route planner for all our walks these days…..the GPS accuracy is amazing, especially useful when the paths just disappear!

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PHOTOS

Photographs of today’s walk taken exclusively with the iPhone 11 Pro Max now the perfect travel camera with it’s Standard, Wide & Telephoto Lenses.

Classic coast view on the way back to Talland from Looe after the first loop
The first pass of Talland Bay that we had to ourselves this morning
View from the beach facing west
Some debris washed up in the storms we’ve had recently I guess
Another piece of debris…..a massive tree trunk…..who knows how that got there
A chance for Glennis to clean up her gaiters…..it’s pretty muddy out there
On the return loop from Polperro end the view across Talland Bay is stunning
Full view of Talland Bay looking out to sea on this gorgeous December morning
Talland Church’s churchyard views over Talland Bay are amazing
Talland Church a lovely little church perched on the side of a hill

We love finishing our walks at one of Cornwall’s churches. There is usually a nice sheltered seat to enjoy lunch and today was no exception with lovely views across Talland Bay…..although it felt a little fresh in today’s cool breeze.

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CAMERA REVIEW

The iPhone 11 Pro Max camera seems to provide adequate results although severe distortion at the wide end and ultimate quality seem to be the trade off. Apparently the images are saved by default in HEIF format which takes up half the space of JPEG format. I have switched back to JPEG for my next outing and will compare them in the future to see if it’s possible to squeeze out a bit more quality.

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STATISTICS

Garmin Fenix 5X Activity Tracker’s walk statistics

It’s interesting, and quite comical at times, to compare the Ordnance Survey route and time predictions with the route and time we actually take. Quite often we stop to take photo’s, admire the views, get sidetracked or even get lost…..yes occasionally even GPS loses the signal and can temporarily point us in the wrong direction….so the route can look quite different and be quite a bit longer at the end of the day!

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SUMMARY

A really nice 5 mile walk with enough hills for a bit of exercise and some fantastic views of the Cornish coastline and Talland Bay.

We love walking in Cornwall in the winter, especially around the coast, it seems to suit the ruggedness of the area. It also has the added benefit of not being packed with tourists…..you can quite often have some of the most popular summer spots totally to yourself in winter.

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REFERENCES

Diane Pe’s book Cornwall Walks To Churches

I have used this book extensively, sadly only available secondhand now, since we started walking more in Cornwall. Her book triggered the idea of my Churches project which is now the main focus of my photography. A visit to one of Cornwall’s amazing little churches at the end of a walk rounds our day off perfectly, they are not only full of photographic possibilities but also extremely peaceful and serene places to be.

Cornish Historic Churches Trust

I have only recently discovered the good work that this Trust does and have been very impressed. Cornwall has the nicest churches in the world, they are not too grand…..not often anyway, their simplicity being the reason that they are such pleasant places to be. So it is important that they remain here for a long time so future generations can enjoy them…..there is nowhere in any town or any place that has the same ambience. To find out more about this Trust and maybe support them visit their website in the Links below.

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LINKS

For Information about the SW Coast Path click here: SWCP

For availability of Diane Pe’s book click here: CORNWALL WALKS TO CHURCHES

For Information about Talland Church click here: TALLAND CHURCH

For Information about the Cornish Historic Churches Trust click here: CHCT

For Information about the OS app click here: ORDNANCE SURVEY APP

For Information about the Garmin Activity Tracker click here: GARMIN FENIX 5X

For more information about the iPhone 11 Pro Max click here: IPHONE 11 PRO MAX

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