I don't think Chris will thank me for this very wet photo of them but it just shows you can have fun regardless of the weather
Above, looking north towards Perranporth through the rain. Below, looking south towards St Ives, just beyond the shot.
By the time we got to Charlestown the rain and eased off a little.
This quay has been used in various dramas as its quayside sheds and warehouses can still provide a realistic backdrop. The ship in the harbour has actually been used in the filming of Poldark.
My artist's eye was attracted by this bollard on the pier and its frayed rope.
From Charlestown we moved onto Dollar Cove at Gunwalloe where the wind was whipping the sea up and the rain was still being a nuisance but not enough to spoil things.
This beautiful wall took my eye in the carpark. Click on for a closer view.
By the time we had had lunch the weather started to brighten up and became positively balmy. Next stop was Porthgwarra and Gwennap Head.
Porthgwarra Cove provided the swimming scene for Ross Poldark in the 2015 version of the story and is a beautiful spot. The slipway to the beach is extremely steep and not for the fainthearted or wobbly footers but there is an alternative route down. (We didn't bother). Our route took us up and over the headland, except for my Dh who unfortunately lost his footing and had to take a rest. I manfully walked on with Chris to get some photos from the top but sadly by this time my own foot problem was making my life difficult too. The climb was worth it for the view of the Scillonian III coming back from the Isles of Scilly.
The sun was beginning to get a bit lower in the sky by now so it was difficult to get a shot of the amazing foxgloves on the headland.
Happily we had arrived at Porthgwarra in time for a cakey tea, a trademark of Poldark tours.
Rounding off a long but totally enjoyable day we were taken to Botallack, the reason I booked the trip, and arrived as the sun was going down, sadly not quite low enough to get a sunset.
Finally back to our retreat and relaxing with the resident kitties who took to DH straightaway.