Hell’s Mouth

I have taken you to Hell’s Mouth before on a walk with my son from Godrevy Point. A couple of weeks ago I had to nip over to Truro to collect some pebbles to finish off my gravel garden. The traffic on the A30 heading towards Penzance and St Ives is horrendous at this time of year so I made the decision to head off onto the coast road – the B 3301 along the Godrevy Heritage Coast. I figured that there might be some nice heather to photograph along North Cliffs and then I could stop off at Hell’s Mouth and grab a coffee and slice of cake in the café there.

Lots of different shades of heather here – from pale lilac / almost white to deep pink. The yellow is vetch I think.

One of the nice things about Hell’s Mouth is watching the crashing waves on the rocks, though on this particular day it was quite calm, the other is watching the gulls in the thermals. They rise up the cliffs and then appear above your head. Fascinating to watch. I don’t know the ID of gulls other than the Herring Gull which has grey and black-tipped wings and the Greater Black-backed Gull, which has black wings.

From the top of the cliff you can see along North Cliffs towards Portreath and even further northwards on a clear day.

More colour in the fields and hedgerows.

Hell’s Mouth – South-West Coastal path heading south towards The Knavocks and Godrevy Point

After half an hour walking along the cliffs and south-west coastal path I returned to the café for a lovely strong Flat White and a piece of carrot cake. I have to say that the carrot cake was disappointing. After years of dreaming about this wonderful moist cake, this portion was rather dry. Oh well.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #8 | Colourful


  1. restlessjo says:

    Can’t win em all! You did get some lovely heather and cliff shots. Becky will be along soon to ID the birds. 🙂 🙂 Happy Wednesday!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thanking you. At least the coffee is excellent.

  2. beetleypete says:

    Dry Carrot Cake should be against the law.
    Nice to see all the individual Heathers. I am guilty of looking at them and just thinking ‘Heather’. 🙂
    (Same with Seagulls really…)
    Best wishes, Pete. x

    1. Heyjude says:

      A shame about the cake as I have dreamed about it for years – when last had it there it was divine. Plenty of alternatives though 🙂

  3. Mukhamani says:

    Beautiful flowers and the bird in the sky. Why is the place called Hell’s mouth ? Thank you for sharing.

    1. Heyjude says:

      I presume from the ‘hellish’ conditions of the sea around here for sailors – there are lots of hidden rocks and the waves crash onto the cliffs at this point.

  4. Tish Farrell says:

    And another lovely present from Cornwall. Thank you for sending us the lovely light and colours. Our light in Shropshire is distinctly gloomy these days.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Been a tad grey here too Tish, But I live in hope of a sunny September.

  5. Sue says:

    Great colours, Jude!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thanks Sue. I thought I might have missed the best of the heather.

      1. Sue says:

        You did fine !

  6. I’ll watch out for the carrot cake then. Thanks for the warning… looking forward to a bit of a treat in cake form and then being disappointed is a real downer.

    1. Heyjude says:

      The first time I had their carrot cake (admittedly several years ago) it was the best I had ever tasted. Their apple cake is good. And the coffee!

      1. Thanks for the tip…

  7. Beautiful photos!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thanks Cindy.

  8. pommepal says:

    Never realised there are so many shades of heather and all beautiful. Unlike the carrot cake….

    1. Heyjude says:

      I shall try a different cake next time 🙂

  9. Tina Schell says:

    Glorious Jude. Your Heather is so inviting-we have nothing like that here. What a gorgeous day for a stroll!.

    1. Heyjude says:

      It was a day of sunshine and showers Tina. I had just passed through a heavy downpour, but as the skies cleared I thought it worth a stop. Glad I did as the sun came out and it was glorious up there.

  10. More heather, after seeing Jo’s heather on Monday! I adore it. I would go crazy with picture taking. Yours are all marvelous, Jude. What a dreamy landscape. 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      It’s pretty wild around these parts Cathy, but I like that. What I didn’t show was the amount of people on the beach just a few miles down the road!

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