The Imperial, Plymouth
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So, to business. For those who do not know, I am about to embark on a 6 week adventure around New Zealand with Rachael Durham; one of my best friends and a flatmate from university. We fly from Heathrow next Monday, 26th January 2015, and should arrive in Auckland on Wednesday 28th, with a brief, but I'm sure very relieving, stop in Hong Kong in the middle. From there the plan ...
... the top of the site with distant views of the downs and sea. On the serviced pitch you get your own water tap, electricity and drainage so you don't have to move when the tanks need filling up or emptying - lovely. The site has a large bar/restaurant area and a conservatory where you can have a drink and take your dog. With it being Christmas, every one is very sociable and there was a lot of talking, drinking and laughter.
On Christmas ...
Drove across Bodmin Moor to the pub called "Jamaica Inn," scene of the novel by Daphne Du Maurier. The pub was built as a coaching house in 1750. We looked at the museum , partly about the authoress and partly about Cornish smuggling through the years, the subject of the book. I had read almost all Daphne's books years ago, when I lived in Plymouth, but still ...
Set off to get to our next destination and close another circle. John O'Groats to Land's End.
First went to The Lizard, the most southerly point in mainland England and less well known. Old life boat station from the 1800s and spectacular cliffs.
Then to Land's End, the most westerly point on the UK mainland, to close another circle. ...
Lazy day, with late brekkie. Drove with Liz and John via Torpoint and then Millbrook to Maker Heights, when we sat outside to eat lunch overlooking Cawsand - amazing in late November!
Then walked across Mt Edgecombe parkland along an inlet from the sea to Cremyll, when we had a drink in the old pub, the Edgecombe Arms, before walking back; in all, about 3 miles.
Lovely lazy dinner in front of a roaring fire. So good to see our old pals ...