Channel Hopping


Ok. So, we've done Lelant. Time to head back and see some of things we missed on the way out .....

What?

What do you mean what about Hayle?

Don't be silly. Look, if you want to walk all the way to Hayle that's your funeral. Just follow the road out of Lelant, then head left and out along the causeway (dodging flying traffic). You'll eventually reach you know where.

Believe me, Hayle is a place that is best appreciated from a distance.

Hayle (on earth!), Cornwall That's Hayle, OK? Wasn't worth it, was it?

Meanwhile back on the coast path, where it runs between The Hayle Estuary and the West Cornwall Golf Course, we discover that we aren't the only people fleeing Hayle.

Fishing boats leaving Hayle Harbour, St. Ives Bay, Cornwall 1 US Marine Riverine gunboats patrol the entrance to Hayle, longing for the good old days on the Mekong Delta when life was a lot less dangerous.
Fishing boats leaving Hayle Harbour, St. Ives Bay, Cornwall 2 Then, seeing their chance as the harbour defences are left temporarily unsecured, they gun their engines and try to make a break for St. Ives Bay and freedom!

Remember that stretch of water between Porth Kidney and Hayle beach you thought you could just wade across?

Well, I did warn you that there is a deep channel in it to let the boats in and out. Mind you, what with shifting tides and sands it can be a bit of an art form negotiating it! Involving only marginally less manoeuvring than a four wide receiver set from the shotgun on fourth and twenty, we proudly present the Hayle Bar fandango!

Start wide left ... Fishing boats negotiating the Hayle Bar, St. Ives Bay, Cornwall 1 ... straighten up a tad ... Fishing boats negotiating the Hayle Bar, St. Ives Bay, Cornwall 2
... jag sharp right for the centre ... Fishing boats negotiating the Hayle Bar, St. Ives Bay, Cornwall 3 ... head wide right ... Fishing boats negotiating the Hayle Bar, St. Ives Bay, Cornwall 4
... line up the end zone ... Fishing boats negotiating the Hayle Bar, St. Ives Bay, Cornwall 5 ... then straighten up and head for the posts. Fishing boats negotiating the Hayle Bar, St. Ives Bay, Cornwall 6

Ironically, the one thing you don't want out of all this manoeuvring is a touchdown otherwise you will be stuck there for quite some time before the tide will float you off!

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