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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” »

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Ednovean Farm – what is in a name?

Ednovean Farm today

The mellow granite building that is now our home has stood over the centuries on this spot at Ednoe-Vean

One question I’m often asked by our bed and breakfast guests is “What is the meaning of Ednovean?” And of course with farm and field names they hold knowledge of ancient names for the area.

The name Ednovean was originally two words Ednoe-Vean and is mentioned in one of my favourite books for place name reference “Cornish Place-names” by O.J. Padel. The description there of the evolution of the name for Perranuthnoe and the reference to Ednovean is fascinating. Continue reading “Ednovean Farm – what is in a name?” »

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Ancient sites to visit in West Cornwall

Men-an-Tol

Men-anTol an ancient healing stone on the Penwith moors in West Cornwall

Cornwall wears her history lightly and it sometimes feels that the past is still a whisper away. To visit the high places on the Penwith moors untouched by agriculture, as part of your holiday, will be to touch history. There are sites in Cornwall that represent every period of history and Cornwall has more nationally designated monuments (Scheduled Monuments) than any other county in England. Today they still sit silently waiting, just as though the ancient peoples had suddenly walked away and they are waiting for them to return.

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A walk beside the sea to summer

Waves gently breaking on the shore below us as we walked down to the sea

Waves gently breaking on the shore below us as we walked down to the sea

The walks along the coastal footpath just below Ednovean Farm, is so popular with our Bed and Breakfast guest but we seldom make the time to enjoy them ourselves. This glorious week of sunshine was just too much for us though and we played truant one afternoon to set off on foot across the fields to walk down to the sea and the coastal footpath. Continue reading “A walk beside the sea to summer” »

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A wonderful Easter week

The coastal footpath great for walking and just east of Ednovean Farm

We walked down to the coastal footpath from Ednovean Farm

What wonderful weather we have had in Cornwall for the Easter holidays! The weather pendulum swung from woolly hat to bikini as the high pressure settled over the British Isles and we had one of the best spring weeks for years.

Yesterday the lure of the blue seas and skies that I could see from our window proved too much and we stole away to walk along the coastal footpath just east of Ednovean Farm. Continue reading “A wonderful Easter week” »

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A walk around Penzance

The Egyptian House

The Egyptian House in Chapel Street

I took the opportunity to take a walk around Penzance this morning in the spring sunshine just as the town was waking up for the day. To my shame when I wrote the first part of my Penwith tour with some of the history of Penzance not a photo could be found in our folders of any of the architecture and so this morning I set about remedying that. I splurged a £1 to park the car for an hour, after dropping Charles for an appointment and set off! Continue reading “A walk around Penzance” »

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That Poldark moment!

Walking the moorsAre you riveted to your TV screens ready to watch Poldark every week?  I know I am! I read the Winston Graham books as a teenager on holiday so many years ago ah hum. But I can lay claim to sitting on my pony on the cliffs above Prussia Cove watching extras row in and out of the cove in the ‘70’s (Ponies fit along narrow paths if no one is looking) Continue reading “That Poldark moment!” »

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The Penwith Tour part II Merry Maids to Porthgwarra

Logan Rock viewToday we leave the narrow winding lanes of Mousehole behind and climb up towards Paul to journey back into the still beating ancient heart of Cornwall. Follow the winding road that skirts the sea, passed stone circles and ancient stones from the stone and bronze age, to discover isolated fishing coves seemingly untouched by time.

Part two of the Penwith tour around West Cornwall follows the sea to Land’s End via: –

 

  1. Paul
  2. Lamorna
  3. The Merry Maidens
  4. Penberth Cove
  5. Porthcurno
  6. The Minack Theatre
  7. Porthgwarra

 

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The grandeur of the Cornish cliffs – a coastal walk from Zennor to St Ives

The north coast of CornwallMy thoughts turned to the grandeur of the Cornish cliffs this week. Perhaps with the screening of the hotly anticipated new Poldark series on television tonight in mind! So a flick through our photo album brought back memories of a dramatic walk we took one autumn day along the wild untamed coastline. We started from the picture perfect Cornish village of Zennor to finally finish in the artists colony of St Ives.

We drove over the top of the hills to park in Zennor near the church before setting off towards the cliffs with a picnic and excited Dog (sadly no longer with us) Zennor was once described by on of my American guest as “just how as she imagined a Cornish village should be, with the huddle of traditional granite cottages backed by the high moors and then the lush tiny fields rolling down to the sea”

We followed the footpath towards the scent of the sea and began our journey almost through time as we stepped away from civilisation and immersed ourselves in the wild coastal scenery untouched and unspoilt by man. Continue reading “The grandeur of the Cornish cliffs – a coastal walk from Zennor to St Ives” »

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Favorite What shall I do when I stay at Ednovean Farm?

St Michael's MountMost morning at Ednovean Farm I stretch out an ordnance survey map after breakfast, to give guest advice or pointers about their days out in west Cornwall and so today I thought I’d put a blog post together with some of my top tips. Today, I’m starting my blog series with walking days from Ednovean Farm along the coastal footpath. Continue reading “What shall I do when I stay at Ednovean Farm?” »