From: Godolphin Cross, Cornwall

To: Penzance, Cornwall

Distance: 9.5 miles / 15.3 km

Total distance so far: 1,090.2 miles / 1,755 km

Date: 27 June 2021

St Michael’s Mount

Today’s me was grateful to yesterday’s me for squeezing in those extra miles while it was dry, for my penultimate day of walking across Britain was a singularly soggy experience, as well as the shortest one of the trip. I’d spent the morning watching the rain fall from the comfort of the lovely holiday rental my friends Judith, Vicky and Tracey are sharing down on the Lizard Peninsula. With no sign that the weather would ease (it did eventually – about half an hour after I finished, sodden, my waterproofs utterly defeated by the weather), Judith dropped me off back at Godolphin Cross, and I put on my stoic face as I headed out into the warm June rain and towards the coast, snacking on a huge Cornish pasty as I went.

Approaching Penzance along the beach

Lane walking took me through Millpool and Goldsithney before crossing the busy A394 to take me to the sea. I spotted St Michael’s Mount looming up through the mist. I’d not seen it at low tide before, and was struck by the hardy nature of the holiday makers crossing the causeway to check out the island home of the St Aubyn family. As I headed down the hill I came to the pretty, tourist honeypot of Marazion and then it was just a stretch along the beach (the shared cycle / pedestrian path annoyingly closed for maintenance, because late June is the ideal time to do such things, isn’t it?!?) to Penzance.

Veggie honesty ‘box’

I took shelter outside the tourist information centre in Penzance so I could get out my phone and check directions to my B&B without dousing my vital electronic device in water, and fell into conversation with an apprehensive young cyclist getting ready to head to Land’s End for his own journey across Britain. He asked me how I felt to be so close to finishing my own journey. I deflected the question, asking him about his plans instead, and talking about all the amazing things he’ll see and people he’ll meet, for the truth is, I have no idea how I feel about coming to my journey’s end. Let’s see what tomorrow brings.

Nearly there – can you see the gold Camino sign?