Day 120 - 28 June - Along the Cornish Coast
Trip Start Mar 01, 2011
231Trip End Oct 24, 2011
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First stop was St Michaels Mount, a church on an island accessable via a cobblestone causeway at low tide. We timed it right to get there as the tide was low and the causeway exposed. At the top of the hill on the small island is yet another castle originally built by monks as an abbey. Since the monks left the castle has been owned by the same family, currently occupied by the 12th generation Earl of something-or-other. Being still occupied, some areas were off-limits but a good deal of it was open to the public. Spent a few hours looking around and by the time we were ready to leave the tide had come in and the causeway was underwater. The ferry boats had a captive audience but the fee was reasonable to get us back to the mainland with dry shoes
We then drove on down the coast to Penzance where we stopped for lunch. Not a great deal to see there, not a single pirate to be found, so we moved on after eating.
Next stop was Land's End, again not a great deal to see other than the sign (which was roped off so you couldn't take your own photo's under the sign) and the First & Last inn. There was a theme park which was in no way relevant to the location so we passed on that. Did go for a wander along the cliffs and took several pics here.
Headed on up to St Ives in the early evening, a lovely seaside town with a medieval breakwater and the best fish & chips in England so far. A very nice bowls club overlooking one of the beaches but we didn't go for a roll as there was a twilight competition going on. Hung around for a couple of hours before deciding it was time to head back to Falmouth and bed.