You may well ask, why go all the way down there? It's a cliche to say that Cornwall is a special place. Mostly special in a good way, but sometimes not - see about St Buryan later in this post.
Being so near to Lands End, the peninsula is very narrow, and you can get to both the north coast and the south coast very easily. The cliff walks are different on each side. Although the cliffs are similar, the light in the north feels slightly harsher and brighter, the south feels gentler. We can visit St Ives, Marazion and Penzance, although our nearest 'metropolis' is St Just. There are gardens to visit, many interesting villages, galleries, lots of pubs.....
|Our first sight of the beach at Sennen Cove|
We've stayed in various cottages along the front, but this year our favourite was taken off the rental market. They didn't tell us until quite late on, so we ended up staying in the converted loft of 'Badger's Cottage', our friends' place. Passable, but Battleaxe would give the loft a miss in future. Headroom was very dodgy indeed. Philosopher gashed his head on a beam on the first evening and wore a hat indoors for the rest of the time. No shower, just a big bath. If you were sufficiently tall to see the sea out of the skylights you would have also been walking around the place bent double. No bloody bedside table or reading light - had to borrow from downstairs. But it was warm, the bed was comfy and in any case we spent every evening downstairs with the others, in front of their enormous wood-burning stove. We took turns to cook huge evening meals and drank large volumes of wine.
We were lucky with the weather, lots of sun, warm enough to eat our sandwiches on the clifftops, no rain, but an icy wind blew for some of the time.
We usually start our week with a relatively gentle walk to Lands End, and have a coffee in the hotel at the end of the peninsula. Lands End itself is over-run with nasty mass-tourist tat. They even charge you to stand by that signpost thing. We avoid all of that.
|Looking out to Lands End|
|Autumn sunlight, Sennen Cove, Laura Knight|
|View of Sennen Cove, Edwin LaDell|
|St Buryan church porch|
|St Buryan Church|
|Late afternoon in St Ives|
|St Ives church tower, seen through the trees|
This post is getting a bit long. I haven't even mentioned our day in Penzance, visitng the lovely Penlee Gallery, and fantastic soup at the Honey Pot Cafe, our visit to Marazion, walking from St Just to Sennen Cove (phew, knackering). I'll just finish up with a picture round-up, including Goose Carn near Cape Cornwall, , Marazion, Trewidden Garden - we did so much, in such a short time. . Roll on next year!
|Cape Cornwall from Goose Carn|
|Late afternoon on Sennen Beach|
|High Tide at Marazion|
|Mouth of the Cot Valley|
|A tree-fern uncoils at Trewidden|