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Alex Polizzi joins charity stomp on the Roseland

A group of 12 people stepped out with Alex Polizzi of TV’s Hotel Inspector yesterday for a ten mile walk around the tip of the Roseland peninsula on the south Cornwall coast.

This is Alex’s favourite stretch of coast, starting from the pretty fishing village of St Mawes where her mother Olga runs the Hotel Tresanton.

The walk was led by Steve Crummay of Explore in Cornwall and was organised by the South West Coast Path Association as part of its month long charity fundraising event, the South West Coast Path Challenge.

Alex said about this part of the coastline:

“It’s familiarity for me – I find as I get older it’s immensely reassuring and nice to walk in any season in any weather. I love the views and the familiar landmarks and it’s just a nice walk to do.

“I love St Mawes. It’s by the sea obviously and it’s quite dramatic. I first went there when I was 15 but I spent a couple of years living there in my 20s when I helped to open the hotel.

“It’s so important and it’s becoming more important for people in modern society to be able to enjoy special landscapes. Being able to enjoy something like this for free is a real equaliser”.

This picturesque route began by a small passenger ferry to Place and followed the South West Coast Path around St Anthony Head, past Porthbeor beach and on to Killigerran Head to Gerrans. Steve helped to identify the wildlife and nature found along the way, including black headed gulls and oyster catchers, as well the lucky sight of two grey seals splashing about playfully in the cove below the cliff top walk.

With it being a ten-mile walk on the tenth of the tenth, Steve was determined to find ten things to eat, which he surpassed with some lesser known edible finds such as shaggy parasol mushrooms, beech leaves and bergamot. The group then took a short inland track back to Porth Creek and along the beautiful Percuil River, though woodland and back to Place for the return ferry to St Mawes Quay.

Alex is passionate about the need to protect coastal access to beautiful landscapes such as the ones the group experienced along the Roseland. The event was organised to raise funds for the Association to continue its work to promote and protect the Coast Path, which has seen a considerable proportion of its budget slashed and it’s beginning to impact on the level of maintenance to keep some parts of the coastline in a suitable condition for walkers.

More events are taking place this month including two trail runs on the east and south Devon coasts and another 10-mile challenge walking the last leg of the South West Coast Path National Trail from Durlston Castle to South Haven Point. For a full list of events and to register visit www.southwestcoastpath.org.uk/challenge

Published on: Oct. 11, 2016