London to HomeJune 22, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C
Our last day, we travelled by train to London & toured the Tower of London, before heading to Heathrow, & meeting up again with Brit, for our return trip to Melbourne.
Beautiful weather on the Summer Solstice. Rolling green hills, ancient buildings and magnificent cottage gardens.
Leaving the village of Lower Slaughter the route follows the Monarch’s Way to the delightful town of Bourton on the Water. From here you head into the countryside along the Windrush Valley to the village of Naunton and its interesting medieval dovecote. From Naunton the walk continues through fields to the village of Upper Slaughter and the valley of the River Eye which you follow back to Lower Slaughter.
Dinner with Tim & Jacquie Simpson
Beautiful countryside. & amazing weather. Walking between some of the prettiest villages in the Cotswolds, including the picturesque Lower Slaughter we lunched at Stow-on-the-Wold, Continued through the rolling Cotswold countryside to Bourton-on-the-Water, one of the prettiest village's in Britain. Returned by bus.
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Devon, Wales, Cheshire.
Walked across the causeway to St Michael’s Mont, returned by boat. Lunched on Cornish pasties.
An unusual and attractive Cornish site, the Mên-an-Tol is believed to belong to the Bronze Age, making it around 3,500 years old. It consists of four stones, the most memorable being the circular and pierced upright stone. Passing through the hole was central to the healing process - with its obvious feminine symbolism, the holed stone was believed to aid fertility and its powers were sought by barren women, pregnant women seeking easy childbirth and famers seeking bountiful crops! Brit gave it a go!
Fish & chips at Rick Steins restaurant, Padstow, then on to Port Isaac, where Doc Martin was filmed - saw Bert Large having a beer at the pub!Read more
Our final day of the coastal walk.
19km from Porthcurno to Penzance. Julie decided to head back for a look around St Ives, while the rest of us walked on to Penzance.
Stopped for lunch in a tiny cove, with a cafe.
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Cliff top walking all day. Views from Lands End across to amazing rock formations and the Sicily Islands, 45 km off the coast.
A swim in Porthcurno Bay,, with Brit, then ‘A Swell Party’ at the Minack Theatre. Dolphins swimming in the background, the Minack Theatre is Cornwall's world famous open-air theatre, carved into the granite cliff and set in glorious gardens overlooking the spectacular panorama of Porthcurno Bay.
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Overcast, but generally fine.
Just out of Pendeen we walked through the remains of old tin and lead mines. and then the Iron Age Kenidjack Castle, near Cape Cornwall.
A walk around Cape Cornwall, then on to Sennen Cove, with a quick dip in the ocean, just before we arrived.
Established in 1853 , the Lifeboat at Sennen Cove faces some of the most challenging conditions to be found anywhere round the coast of the UK for lifeboat operations.
The Station is protected to some extent from the full force of the Atlantic Ocean by the high cliffs of Pedn-men-du.
After looking through their museum, wewatched as they took the lifeboat out for a practice run, returning in thick sea fog.
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A cruisey 16km walk today, after the rigours of yesterday!. Focusing on the journey, not the destination, which is a good thing as I led the others astray, getting “lost” in the heath, trying to take a shortcut! Had a look around around the Geevor tin mine before heading to our accomodation - PPE for the by-product of tin, arsenic, was cotton wool nose plugs, handkerchief to breath through & smearing arms with clay.
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And so our walk starts!
We started the walk, with a wave breaking over us, as we got a photo shot!!
And it just happened to be one of Cornwall’s iconic days, with gale force winds, buffeting us against the cliff and sea spray flying over our heads. The only advantage was that there was no one else on the track!
We found a sheltered spot on the side of the cliff, in some shrubbery, for a lunch stop, but it was too cold to stop for long. Very pleased to find our warm, dry accomodation at the end of the walk, but Kerryn took a little longer to have a shower & get warm, as a hacksaw was needed to get into her suitcase. 😊
Had a look over Mark Pilcher”s Gear Farm,, walking distance from the pub.
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