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The Crowns Engine Houses Botallack Mine

Botallack Engine Houses - two semi derelict engine houses clinging to the cliffs above the sea

The sea churns relentlessly even on a quiet day at Botallack

Two of the most iconic engine houses of Cornwall are located at the Crowns in Botallack, on the north coast above the great Atlantic seas, in part of Cornwall that is designated a World heritage site. I’ve often admired the dramatic photographs taken by local photographers of the ruined engine houses, clinging to the cliffs in defiance of the seas just yards below and symbolic not only of the decline of the Cornish mining industry but  the daring of the adventurers (people who invested in the mines with the hope that ore could be found) and labours of the Cornish miners deep underground. Last week we had a couple of hours to spare and so set off to find Botallack and finally to wend our way along the unmade lane to the National Trust car park with Lucy Land Rover. Continue reading “The Crowns Engine Houses Botallack Mine” »

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Carn Euny ancient village

Carn Euny west penwith

The best preserved ancient village in South west Britain

I often suggest to our guests that are seeking early villages a trip to Carn Euny an ancient courtyard settlement, set around an accessible fogou deep, in the heart of West Penwith.  Cornwall has a wonderful ancient heritage from which it is possible to trace the early societies that lived here and linger just for a moment in their shadow.  Carn Euny is managed by Cornwall Heritage Trust with parking in a little lay-by about 600 metres from the site and access is free. Continue reading “Carn Euny ancient village” »

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An Indian summer at Sennen Cove

Blue sky and seas in October at Sennen Cove

Blue sky and seas in October at Sennen Cove

This week we’ve enjoyed an Indian summer here n the UK and it has lent us some very special day here in west Cornwall too! We were so tempted by the early autumn sunshine that we played truant to our B&B and garden, on Friday afternoon and visited Sennen cove instead!

I was mesmerised by the blue sunlit bay as we turned off of the main road and the swathe of white sands stretching into the far distance beside the bluest sea, as we swung into the car park at the cove. Continue reading “An Indian summer at Sennen Cove” »

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October’s blue seas in Cornwall

Blue seas in Mounts bay from the coastal footpath

Mounts Bay yesterday with the bluest of seas and St Michael’s Mount as the pearl

We followed the bluest of seas along the coastal path yesterday – Mounts bay looked so enchanting that we couldn’t help but pause and just look out over the bay with a view that stretched from Perranuthnoe all the way to Penzance across the tranquil water.

St Michael’s Mount is always the pearl in Mounts Bay’s crown and never more so than yesterday so I thought I’d post a few extra photos taken on our coastal walk in Cornwall. Continue reading “October’s blue seas in Cornwall” »

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A visit to Boscawen-un stone circle

 

Boscawen- un a bronze age stone circle just off of the Penzance to Lands end road quite near to St Buryan

Boscawen- un a bronze age stone circle just off of the Penzance to Lands end road quite near to St Buryan

We visited Boscawen-un stone circle again this week mainly because Charles love to photograph the ancient Cornish landmarks and at one point he had built up a fairly good collection but it was sadly lost down a crack of the computer never to be seen again. The years have gone by and a return visit to Boscawen –un, a well preserved stone circle came to the top of our to-do list at last and the other afternoon we had a couple of hours to spare and so we set off!

We drove along the Penzance to Land’s End road, peering to our left for a small footpath entrance and small lay-by to park in just prior to Crows-an-Wra . Bingo!! We spotted a kissing gate with Boscawen-un carved into one of the posts! Lucy Landrover was left to look after herself all alone except for the traffic speeding towards Land’s End and we set off in the autumn sunshine along a broad, grassy, path. Continue reading “A visit to Boscawen-un stone circle” »

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A visit to Prussia Cove

 

Steps down to explore Prussia Cove - unspoilt cornish cove

Prussia Cove has a still peaceful silence now that hides a shadowy deep history of smuggling days

We made a trip to Prussia Cove today – it wasn’t planned  but we woke up to such a fabulous morning here in West Cornwall.  As i opened the curtains I spotted high thready cloud across Mounts Bay floating in front of Penzance and a silky smooth sea at first light from my kitchen window and knew it would be a special day.

A special day but a busy day too, so it was a nice surprise to find we had a couple of hours to spare and so for once we used the ar and drove the five minutes along the road to explore Prussia Cove instead of walking the coastal footpath to the sea. Continue reading “A visit to Prussia Cove” »

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A September diary visits to Men an Tol, Tregeseal and Nine Maidens stone circles

Red land Rover parked

Our trusty Land Rover took a break from the supermarket run to explore West Cornwall or maybe just admire the sea

My September diary of travels with lucy Land Rover.

You see, we only have a couple of hours to spare most days and the bright fresh days at the beginning of the month were perfect to set off out and about to explore beyond Penzance – with the help of Lucy Land Rover of course!. Charles loves to visit the numerous Neolithic and early Bronze Age sites in West Cornwall and I love to see the Cornish heathland clothed in the vibrant swathes of heather and gorse at this time of the year and so it was an easy decision to combine the two, while choosing places within easy striking distance of Ednovean Farm and Penzance. This week we visited Men an Tol –  a holed healing stone and the stone circles of Tregeseal and Nine Maidens and the Ballowall Barrow overlooking the spectacular coastline at Cape Cornwall Continue reading “A September diary visits to Men an Tol, Tregeseal and Nine Maidens stone circles” »

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A visit to Cot Valley

Porth nanven

Porth Nanven

The lure of the heath lands vivid now, with purple heathers and bright yellow gorse proved too much today and we set out beyond Penzance to follow the road towards St Just.  I mentioned in my last blog the lure of the fabulous autumn on the sweep of the Penwith moors is not to be missed now and I’d heard of a spot, quite near to Cot Valley with an amazing depth of colours. Well that shouldn’t be hard to find should it? Continue reading “A visit to Cot Valley” »

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A summer snap looking towards Perranuthnoe and Penzance

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Looking back towards Perranuthnoe from the coastal footpath

This morning I thought I’d brighten the morning by sharing a summer snap taken on a walk from here at Ednovean farm when we walked along the coastal footpath east of Perranuthnoe. The last photos I shared were taken way back in April so I thought I was time for an update!

We walked along to Stackhouse Cove with a picnic the other day on Charles’s birthday – it is just so relaxing to sit on a silent cove and listen to the sea.  Of course there was a short swim (brrr!) to our chosen beach but it was a wonderfully relaxing way to spend the afternoon. Continue reading “A summer snap looking towards Perranuthnoe and Penzance” »

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The Penwith tour: – Land’s End

Land’s End

Aerial view of Land's End

Land’s End the most southwesterly point in the UK

The raw power of the Atlantic meets the English Channel in this the most westerly point of the UK: – Land’s End in Cornwall.

Land’s End is so well known throughout the world, that is arguably the one destination that all of our visitors have plans to visit at one point in their stay in Cornwall.

These days the starkly beautiful, storm lashed peninsular of Land’s End is a “broad church”, marked on the ordnance survey map as having a Theme park. There the facilities and attractions are designed to appeal to the widest possible range of the public – right down to Shaun the Sheep this year for the very youngest! Continue reading “The Penwith tour: – Land’s End” »