Day 2, Sunday saw us back on the cliffs of the South West Coast path and off to enjoy Cambeak and ’The Rumps’ from the viewpoint at Pentire.
On Pentire Point, there is a plaque which commemorates the occasion when the poet Laurence Binyon sat on these cliffs and composed the poem “For the Fallen”.
The poem was published by the Times newspaper in September 1914, at the start of the First World War, the fourth stanza is often quoted at Remembrance Services.
“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.”
Quite apt, as a number of us were filling a little old and weary having climbed the cliff path with substantial amounts of camera a gear, but a sobering reminder as we looked out over the view.
The Rumps are comprised of a set of dramatic jagged rock formations formed from basaltic rock which, when viewed from Pentire head give the impression of a dragon resting in the water.
From Pentire head, if you make your way on to the Rumps, you can get a good view of Seven Souls Rock (named after a shipwreck) and The Mouls. At the time we visited, there were strong shadows cast from the Rumps over the Seven Souls Rock, so maybe one for a further session.
After the Rumps, it was soon time to head back to our final destination of the weekend, Trebarwith Strand and Gull Rock which are just a couple of miles south of Tintagel.
At low tide, Trebarwith reveals a broad sandy beach, but this swiftly disappears at high tide, and is another location that requires the photographer to plan an escape route to avoid being cut off by the rising tide.
The main photographic attraction of the beach is a small stream which over time has cut a gulley through the slate as it finds its way to the sea. Just as the slate gives out there is a small, natural stone bridge which makes for an excellent subject as the tide rises but before the bridge itself is overwhelmed by the rising tide.
This location offers a multitude of compositions at the different states of the tide, especially as the sun sinks below the horizon when you may catch a glimpse of the ‘green flash’ as the sun disappears completely, and the earth’s atmosphere causes the sun’s rays to be split out into their different colours.
And with Trebarwith Strand, the group concluded the weekend’s photography. Monday morning, the group headed their various ways, some returning to Trebarwith for a last set of images, others wending their way home, I think all would agree that it was a very successful trip.
Favourite locations of the weekend were the coastal points of Crackington Haven and Trebarwith Strand, both of which definitely warrant a return visit. Whilst Strangles was a good location the descent to the beach was possibly just a tad too challenging!
Top tips from the ¬weekend: -
- Don’t pack too much camera gear, it gets very heavy very quickly! - Take Wellies for the incoming tide - Watch out for Mike Saunder’s wandering fork at breakfast time…. DE.