A walk on the cliffs with the wind whipping at your ears and the mid winter sun beating down on the white water swell. We can’t think of a better way to blow away the festive cobwebs. And the walk out over The Kelsey’s to Cubert Common, on the headland west of Polly Joke measures up very nicely.
Today started with the tail end of yet another wild weather front, ferocious gusts, thick curtains of rain and buckets of hale thrown against the windows. But by mid morning the sky had cleared to reveal a cool blue, sun bleached expanse.
Polly Joke is just a few miles up the coast from our house and is one of our favourite Cornish beaches. Today though, rather than heading straight for the sand we parked up on the outskirts of Cubert village and walked out across the common.
The landscape is dominated by old dune scapes, with vast views back in land to Carlands Cross and Castle An Dinis. Out to sea the coast snakes east and west, from Padstow to St Ives.
At this time of year the water is a force to be reckoned with. Huge swell rolls into land, crashing against the cliffs, creating a thick white mess of waves. Spray flies up with each impact, caught on the wind, creating small, temporary, dirty rainbows, and showering salt spray over our heads.
On the way back we walked with the wind, watching a flock of birds swoop in a shoal formation and heard the song of the skylark pierce sharply against the roar of the elements.
For more info about National Trust Cubert Common