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  • Day5

    St. Just

    August 26, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Arriviamo al paesino di Saint Just, percorrendo sempre strade molto panoramiche in mezzo ad una brughiera punteggiata di piante di erica.
    Come sempre il paese è un bijoux, con tantissimi fiori davanti alle case ed alle finestre. Ci fermiamo per il pranzo e poi si prosegue...Read more

  • Day5

    Cape Cornwall

    August 26, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Cape Cornwall è il punto dove i due mari si congiungono.
    Una stretta strada arriva fino a questo punto che fino a poco tempo fa era considerato il punto più ad ovest della Gran Bretagna. In realtà non è questo ma Lands End.
    Qui facciamo una breve passeggiata fino alla cima del promontorio che entra nel mare e ci godiamo la pace ed i bei paesaggi del posto.
    Anche se il tempo non è bellissimo, è ugualmente molto suggestivo.
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  • Day5

    Levant Mine

    August 26, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Facciamo ora la strada litoranea molto panoramica. Sembra veramente di essere dentro i telefilm o di leggere un libro di Rosamunde Pilcher.......
    Torniamo a seguire i consigli di Mademoiselle Champagne e ci fermiamo a Levant Mine, un sito in riva al mare dove ci sono vecchie miniere che estraevano rame e stagno dal mare.
    Il tempo oggi non è bellissimo e piove a tratti. Anche la temperatura si è abbassata notevolmente, ma i posti affascinano ugualmente...
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  • Day87

    Cape Cornwall

    November 5, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

    In Cornwall ist alles cornish: cornish icecream, cornish clotted cream, cornish way to eat - alles cornish oder was?!

    Für mich war jeder Anlaufpunkt in Cornwall wundervoll und ich kann nur empfehlen min. eine Woche Urlaub hier zu verbringen.Read more

    Sylke Funk


    Sabine Ment

    Da wollte ich auch schon immer hin und Sie sind da!

    Elke Zeigner

    Es ist wirklich super schön und die Wege sind nicht weit entfernt, sodass man mehrere Ziele an einem Tag haben kann.

  • Day93

    Day 93: Southwest to Cornwall

    May 19, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    Another long day today, but also a very special one - I turned 36 today! Up early to a nice card from Shandos and Schnitzel, and then spent an hour or so on Skype with both parents. Hit the road around 9am, heading southwest towards Cornwall, the very edge of the UK.

    The main reason for heading to the area was of course the usual - a UNESCO World Heritage site listing! The entire peninsula of Cornwall is dotted with the ruins of copper and tin mines which enjoyed their heyday in the Industrial Revolution. As large engines were developed and bigger machines built, demand for the raw metals found in Cornwall boomed massively, and the area had a huge influx of people. But of course, the inevitable happened and it became more economical to extract minerals elsewhere. One by one, the mines closed, the last coming in the 1980s.

    These days, the ruins of about 20 mines are still standing, and together comprise the world heritage site. We couldn't hope to cover all 20 mines (even if we were inclined to, which we weren't), but we created a short-list and set off on the couple of hours drive down to Cornwall.

    First stop was at Redruth, and a large old mine called West Pool mine. Quite a lot still standing - chimneys, buildings, even the enormous single-piston steam powered engine which had a diameter of nearly 2 metres. Incredible power there, although it no longer worked. We busied ourselves exploring the site, along with a sister mine just nearby that still had a working beam engine (though much smaller, and these days powered by electricity).

    Cornwall is surprisingly long (though quite narrow), and we still had a long way to go, so we had a quick salubrious birthday lunch at McDonalds and then got back on the road around 2pm.

    Next stop was the Geevor Mine, which was the second-last mine to close in the area - it actually ran until 1986. This was situated quite near the coastline, and some of the huge tunnels there ran out under the water at depths of up to 2000 feet! Since it had been built quite a bit later than the other mines (started in 1901), it was in much better condition and the displays were excellent too. Though because of the UK's "safety culture", you had to wear a hard-hat at all times while on site. Felt very strange to be walking through a typical museum wearing a giant yellow helmet!!

    The key attraction here is the underground tour, where they take you into a section of the mines. This part was actually an older mine, not part of Geevor itself, which they actually had no idea existed until the museum was opened in the mid-2000s! Crazy.

    It had probably been dug in the 17th and 18th centuries, mean it was all hand tools (on granite, no less) and a bit of gunpower - scary to use with no proper fuses and while your only light is a spattering animal fat candle! We enjoyed the tour, though it was very cramped and damp in places, up to 20 metres below the surface!

    By now the museum was closing and we couldn't check in until after 6pm, so we headed for Land's End - the most westerly point in England, and almost the most southerly as well. It's essentially thought of as the furthest point of the UK (and the farthest from John O'Groat's at the northern tip of Scotland). It was awful.

    There's a small theme park set up, where they apparently charge for entry, and then charge separately for all the rides as well! But it's not outdoor rides, they're all indoor rides so you could be anywhere. It's also covered in tacky souvenir shops and over-priced food stalls, basically the worst of tourist tat you can imagine. Thankfully we'd arrived after 5pm when the parking was cheaper, everything was closed and entry to the area was free. There's even a guy who has a replica of the famous Land's End sign, but charges 10 pounds for a photograph with it and suggests that you can't get a photo with the real thing any more! Thankfully he wasn't around, and neither was anybody else, so we enjoyed the view and the quiet. And a reasonably-priced drink from the restaurant nearby.

    Leaving the restaurant it was now after 6pm, so we hopped in the car and headed for our accommodation. As it's fairly sparsely populated out here, we were staying in a 400-year-old working farmhouse, hosted by a lady named Sarah. Took a bit to find since it was out on the moors, but we made it in the end! Greeted by her border collie Floss, along with 4 ducks, a cat, 2 ewes and several newborn lambs, all of which Schnitzel was VERY interested in.

    We dropped our stuff and headed back down into a nearby village, where I wrapped up my birthday with a traditional English pub dinner. We shared curries, and pints. Back to the farmhouse where we watched a beautiful sunset over the water and then headed for bed. Another long day awaits!
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    Joel Baldwin

    Chimney at West Pool mine

    Joel Baldwin

    Beam engine at West Pool mine

    Joel Baldwin

    Main shaft at Geevor mine

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  • Day94

    Day 94: Exploring Cornwall

    May 20, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    Awoke fairly early to the typical farm sounds of animals and wandered upstairs for a nice simple breakfast laid on by our host. She wasn't around, having warned us the night before she'd likely be off in the fields somewhere in the morning. But don't lock the door when we go out, as she doesn't have a key! Apparently she doesn't even lock it when she goes on holiday, the area is that safe.

    Today was about exploring more of Cornwall and the UNESCO World Heritage site in the area, so we made our first stop at the ruins of Botallack Mine, perched precariously on the cliffs above crashing seas. There's not much left to see here other than ruined buildings, but we had a good look around still. The most interesting part is two old pumping houses right on the cliff edge, where their engines would drive the huge mining operations taking place under the sea. This is also where the BBC series Poldark was filmed, at least in part - or so I'm told, anyway; I've never watched it.

    Next up we headed south to the little town of Mousehole (pronounced Muzzel or Mao-zel by the locals). It's a tiny little fishing village, perched prettily around a tiny harbour and with a few very narrow streets and cute shops. Quite enchanting, though there were a good number of tourists about. I shudder to think of what it's like during the summer months! We had lunch in a small cafe here before wandering up and down most of the streets in town.

    Last stop for the day was over on the southern coast of Cornwall, at a place called St Michael's Mount. This is a large rock sticking out of the sea, where a castle and church were built during the medieval era, along with a few other buildings. Access is only via walking across at low tide; other times the causeway is underwater in the bay! It's quite similar to Mont-San-Michel in France, though not quite as dramatic or impressive.

    It was about halfway between high and low tides when we arrived, so there was no chance of walking out to the rock (it's a few hundred metres offshore). Parking was also a comical 7 pounds flat rate so we took a few photos in the dull overcast light and headed back to the farmhouse.

    Spent a couple of hours relaxing before we headed out for dinner. This time we headed east from Morvah (last night we'd gone west). The first pub we stopped at was more of a gastropub and quite fancy, and booked out if you can believe that! The second pub had much more space and was more homely, so we ended up eating there. Took ages though, as something malfunctioned with their computer system and our order disappeared! Other people's meals were coming out quite slowly so we didn't think much of it, but after we'd been waiting for an hour and the adjacent couple had received their meals within 20 minutes of arriving and ordering, we asked the kitchen. Alas! At least we got a free round of drinks and a free bowl of fries as well.

    Back to the farmhouse in the dark which was a bit interesting (especially after two pints!), but by now I knew most of the bumps in the road and we arrived home safely. Early to bed ahead of a long drive tomorrow!
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    Joel Baldwin

    Botallack mining houses. Also note the chimney ruin top-right

    Joel Baldwin

    Nearby vantage point

    Joel Baldwin

    Back lanes of Mousehole

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  • Day21

    Levant Mine on the Tin Coast

    August 16, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☀️ 63 °F

    Time to nerd out just a little bit, sorry 😀 The only reason to go to Cornwell is to visit all the Poldark sights, lol. Locals disagree, they take holiday in Cornwell. Actually got to visit a coal mine with an operating steam wheelRead more

    Debi Pease

    Kristie, I love that both you and Jim are posting pictures! I’m really enjoying seeing the different perspectives 💕

    Kristie Stout

    Funny that you say that, lol 😊 Jim made the comment, "Debi gets us"😘Jim posts pic's of places and I post pics of people 💞

  • Day24

    Cornwall day 24 Wed 16 May 2018

    May 16, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

    Left Neitherleigh in Cooks Lane Axminster about 9.30am and set the GPS to Trethevy to see the Trethevy Quoit roofed standing stone site. After driving way back into Dorset we followed motorways and rural road to to Tintagel Brewery in North Cornwall in rain and later sea fog as the village of Trethevy is nowhere near the ancient monument with the same name. So we did a brewery tour and Yvonne understood everything. Sampled some craft beers and ate Wagyu pie from the farm cattle who are fed the used brewery grain and liquid wort before becoming our meal. Drove to Tintagel (pronounced TinTagel) visitors centre. Then visited the quirky King Arthur’s Great Halls that we’re built in the 1930’ies by millionaire at enormous cost the building has a large room containing 72 stained glass windows. We then drove to look for the Men-an-tol holed stone and Yvonne spotted two solitary standing stones in different fields before we found the poorly signed lane to Men-an-tol standing holed stone. Walked half a mile to the stone. When driving to our accommodation Yvonne spotted the Lanyon Quoit almost completely hidden from the road, It may be around six thousand years old. Very narrow lanes near in this area. Codna Coath is a small cottage in Sellan Penzance area run by Margaret probably in her eighties. We are upstairs in a 1898 building in a upstairs room with a ceiling following the roof above with a framed picture of Queen Victoria over the bed.Read more

  • Day34

    Zweiter Teil zu Lands End

    June 28, 2016 in the United Kingdom ⋅ 🌧 14 °C

    Die ersten 4 Bilder zeigen noch Lands End.
    Interessant ist, dass es mehr Zufall war, dass ich überhaupt das Ende Englands gesehen habe. Weil eigentlich war ich auf der Suche nach dem Hostel von Lands End. Durch die Befragung der ansässigen Leute wurde ich von A nach B geschickt, um nach dem Hostel zu suchen. Nach einer halben Stunde war mir das zu blöd und ich fragte erneut ein paar Leute. Die meinten, es gäbe ein Hostel in Saint Just, welches Lands End Youth Hostel genannt wird. Dachte mir nur, warum nennen sie es nicht Saint Just Youth Hostel, das sorgt doch nur für Verwirrung wenn man es in Lands End sucht. Aber egal, zum Glück war ich ja nicht schon eigentlich in Saint Just und fuhr dann nur auf die Beschreibung eines Ansässigen nach Lands End zurück. Also bin im Klartext gute 10 km umsonst gefahren.

    Überbrings ein "Last Inn" beinhaltet neben einem Pub meist auch eine Schlafmöglichkeit. Allerdings ist das eher historisch gesehen, heute schmipfen sich viele Pubs so, aber sind eben nur Pubs.

    Sennen Cove, ein kleiner gemütlicher Ort, ist direkt der nächste Ort nach Lands End. Es ist sehr, sehr steil um vom Hügel in die Bucht zugelangen, ich sage nur "Schieben, Schieben, Schieben".

    Am Nachmittag kam ich in Saint Just dann endlich an. Ich traf dort 4 deutsche. Es war natürlich der Abend, an dem England gegen Island verlor und wir deutschen uns nur heimlich vor den Engländern freuen konnten ;-)
    Ach ja, der Blick vom Hostel zeigt das letzte Bild. Der Wolkenbruch war unglaublich schön. Wie auf einmal ganz viele Sonnenstrahlen an einem Punkt konzentriert auf das Wasser schienen und alles herum Grau in Grau war.
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  • Day10

    Cornwall to Cheshire

    June 16, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    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!
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