OK, so ‘Hidden Valley’ isn’t really that hidden (more overlooked), but it’s one of my favorite walks. It makes a great circular walk, taking in meadows, the coastal path, Lansallos Cove, and woodland – everything really.
The route we took had us heading east out of Lansallos, along the lanes towards Polperro.
After a kilometre we took the path for the coast, down through the grassy, meandering, valley. It’s hard to pinpoint what’s so nice about this valley – it just is.
Where the valley meets the coast we went east, on a quest to try out new beaches – Broad Cove. It was good, a shingle beach with a strange flat rock seabed. The sea temperature was 12C, the swim was really quite quick. We seem to be on a roll at the moment with finding tennis balls on the beach – the only difficulty was deciding on the size of bat for rounders, normal, or tree?
From Broad Cove we headed west, along the coast path. The coastal slope had been cleared of gorse by National Trust, and the ground was covered in violets – it was beautiful. We also met some tough looking ponies along the path.
We made a quick stop in Lansallos Cove, which was looking great – National Trust, and others, have done a great job cleaning the beach after the winter. I can’t wait to be swimming here in the summer, swimming around the cove on a high tide on a summer evening is the best. Then we headed home, resuming the old argument – Devon-way or Cornish-way for the cream tea to come.