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A visit to Penzance Harbour

The long expanse of the granite Albert pier at Penzance Haarbour

Albert Pier part of Penzance Harbour

With an hour to spare in Penzance the other day I headed down towards the harbour to take a few elusive photos for my blog – in my last walk around Penzance I explored more of the streets, notable Chapel Street but didn’t quite reach the water, so today I set off to visit the sea! The trouble was of course the tide was out and the light a little, shall we say challenging but this is how holiday days can look too sometimes, so I carried on in search of snaps.

As I reached the dry dock I had to pause for a moment as car drivers vied to take the narrow cobbled lane up into Chapel Street and I could see all that was left was a few desultory mounds in the silt bottom, that told of bait diggers at work before they went fishing and the other side of the road the smaller pleasure boats lying on their sides. Still I had an hours lunch break from an SEO course and believe me the fresh air was a treat after a morning indoors so I walked on over the Ross bridge and felt the rhythmic vibration of the passing cars through my feet as I walked accompanied by the audible clatter from the road before crossing to the larger working harbour. Some passers by heading for the Promenade paused smiling, for me to take photos. Continue reading “A visit to Penzance Harbour” »

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Land’s End to St Ives

Cape Cornwall - the only cape in britain

Cape Cornwall from the air

The final part of the Penwith tour will take you from Land’s End to St Ives and surely this drive  must be Cornwall’s own route 66. The road contained by ancient banks twists through farmland flanked by tiny fields whose boundaries date back to the bronze age. with the sea an eve present backdrop it is not surprising it has been voted one of  the nation’s favourite drives. Expect to pass through tiny hamlets and farmyards; to see remnants of the Cornish mining industry romantic now in their decay; to see villages flanked by towering moorland cairns on a winding road that will almost transport you back to an earlier era.

I am indebted to Mike McNally photography for the aerial views I am about to share with you. Mike and his wife took a scenic flight from Lands End when they stayed with us at Ednovean Farm and kindly sent us a disk of snaps of West Cornwall.

  1. Sennen
  2. Cape Cornwall
  3. Botallack
  4. Pendeen
  5. Portharas
  6. Gurnard’s Head
  7. Zennor
  8. St Ives

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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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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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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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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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