13/10/12 No pub at the start of this leg meant that we could start earlier. We used Plymouth P+R and Kingsand bus to get to Whitsand Bay holiday park by 10:30. The path seems to go along Military Road through Freathy. It was near low tide and the beaches looked pristine below.
The path took us through the firing ranges around Tregantle Fort. There were showers around, which was perhaps keeping people off the path, but we were managing to avoid them at this stage. We went through the busy golf course at Portwrinkle not really knowing which way to be looking, but I'm not sure the golfers knew either. After climbing our first steep hill for a while, we could see Looe Island, which gave a good idea of how far we had to go.
Entering Downderry, the signs gave us an option of a coastal route or alternative inland one. I knew that there was a pub in the village, but wasn't sure where. We went onto the beach.
The Inn on the Shore doesn't break the trades description act. There is a path up from the beach and it does have a pleasant looking terrace. We sat inside and had a pint of Doom (4%) and Tribute PA (4.2%) for £7.10. It is expensive, but the beer was good. Back on the beach, we walked to Seaton where the Smugglers Inn was just off the path. We then had a few more hills, through Millendreath and onto Looe. The path heads inland avoiding the beach at Looe and comes out onto the main thoroughfare at Ye Olde Salutation Inne.
Two pints of Doom (4%) for £6.20 were consumed as we watched our first shower of the day. There seemed to be a reasonable turnover of clients here and at the Ship Inn opposite.
We perhaps dwelled a little too long over two pints of Trelawney (3.8%) for £5.90 and decided to get a pasty before heading to the bus stop. The bus back to Plymouth was more expensive than I'd hoped.
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