The Rumps: a stroll that’s as delightful as its name suggests. Despite our overzealous wardrobe choices, the unexpectedly sunny weather couldn’t dampen our spirits.
Starting and ending at New Polzeath, the trail navigates through idyllic farmland before returning to the coastal path and circumventing an impressive prehistoric headland.
In the springtime, the path is beautifully adorned with wildflowers. There’s an opportunity to explore the tip of the headland, before heading back inland. The trail also offers several detours to quaint, secluded bays before leading back to the expansive beach of New Polzeath.
Along the way keep an eye out for the plaque to Laurence Binyon, who composed For the Fallen at this spot. He said that this four lines were the first he thought of whilst sitting here watching the Atlantic ocean below.
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.
The terrain was a tad more challenging than I remembered, or perhaps the heat had skewed my perception. As we headed back to the beach I was thrilled to see a portable sauna on the beach. How cool is that. Imagine leaping out of the sauna and into the sea. Although, honestly, that day I didn’t need a sauna to be too hot and sweaty. Nonetheless, our quickened pace to make our dining reservation was well rewarded.
The Atlantic Bar and Kitchen, under new management, served up an excellent culinary experience. The staff were genuinely welcoming, and the food was simply sublime. What’s more, the establishment boasted breath-taking views over the beach, complemented by plenty of outdoor seating. However, given the day’s heat, we opted for the comfort of the air conditioning inside, much to our overheated dogs’ relief.