Cornish Coast

It’s amazing how much you can see in a couple days on this island when you have a car. With our central location, we knew we would be able to get around to nearly everything we wanted to in the southern Cornwall district in less than 45 minutes, which was the main goal. In reality, nothing was more than 10 miles away, but with the roads down there, everything was a longer drive than it should have been.

Stop one was Lands End, and I don’t mean the store! The southern most tip of the UK, called Lands End, has a few shops, hotels and restaurants, as well as gorgeous waking trails. We got really lucky with gorgeous, sunny weather, which meant exploring a lot of the trails before moving on to the next town. We wanted to stop for lunch, but by the time we left it was nearing 2pm, which we quickly found out is the stopping time for pubs and restaurants to serve any food until evening time. Big change from what we’re used to!

We managed to find a place along the sea in Penzance for a quick snack though. For you movie buffs out there, the town might remind you of Pretty Woman and Julia Roberts. Penzance is one of the largest cities in our region, so we spent most of the afternoon perusing the shops and city centre area, which doubled as a good hill workout too. The shopping and restaurant area is really cute and quaint, and serves most of the surrounding towns and farms, so it had a little of everything you could think of.

From Penzance you can see St. Michaels Mount, a castle on an island a few miles away. We decided to make it our goal to head there the next day, but not after we stopped at Lizard Peninsula. We didn’t get quite so lucky with weather on Sunday though, with a heavy mist and wind, making it hard to do much trail walking along the peninsula. We were able to get to a high-point for some photos and views, but decided to turn around before the rain got much harder. A short 30 minute drive back to St. Michaels and we were in the clear with partially sunny weather.

St. Michaels Mount castle is on an island a short walk from the mainland, and during low tide it’s possible to walk there. We didn’t get so lucky on timing though, and had to take the boat ferry out there. We’re rather castled-out, so we opted not to go inside of it, but we checked out the shops and cafes on the island. There’s even a small residential area there, which explains the port and many boats parked. That has to be an awesome, yet annoying, place to live. The views are amazing, but the number of tourists must get tiring after a while.

Our last evening in town lead us to the King’s Arms for dinner, where they had happened to run out of ketchup. A burger and chips pub that doesn’t have ketchup. How does that even happen!? Anyway, dinner was impressive aside from that,but we still made a last pitstop for Chinese on the way home to fill those last few centimetres in our stomachs. Probably a bad idea, but when in Cornwall…

We got an early start the next morning so we could beat all the holiday-goers and make some stops later along the route. We made a stop in Swindon to check out the designer outlet, which ended up being rather disappointing, and then headed on back to London. Final judgement? Cornwall is probably the most gorgeous part of the UK there is to see, and well worth a trip out there.

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