Down the Cornish Coast
May 5, 2011
|Today we head out to visit some of the Cornwall coastal areas. Our first stop a small village called Boscastle. A very narrow entrance to the harbour – difficult to imagine sailing vessels getting through.
Apparently a rowing boat manned by six rowers used to lead the vessels through. Think they used ropes to pull them out when they set sail again. We walk up the cliffs to see the coastal views. The wind blowing so hard it almost knocked me over when I stood to take a photo.
We travel further down the Cornwall coast to part of the coast called the Bedruthan Steps – just rocky outcrops that can be reached when the tide is out.
We park the car and the attendant, Bill from Yorkshire, thrilled that we are from Australia. He has visited Australia and seems to have covered most of the country.
We walk to the ‘steps’, David is able to get down to the beach (the stairs a little steep for me).
On our return Bill greets us with his Akubra hat and the boots he had bought in Australia.
There is no such thing as free parking in England as far as I can see. We are always putting pounds in meters. Might be free to visit some scenic spot but it will cost you 3 pounds to park!
We finally make it to Lands End (the most southern point of England) – very disappointed just seems so commercial and we don’t bother to get out of the car.
We join a major highway and continue on to Plymouth – our base for the next couple of nights.
We are actually staying in an old house called Welbeck Manor at Sparkwell. Originally built in 1480 and then designed and rebuilt by the great engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel – responsible for the construction of Britains first railway, a number of famous bridges and also steamships and ports.
Lovely old rooms and the gardens now a 9 hole golf course – but including some massive rhododendrons and azaleas. All this for 35 pounds.
We dine at the Miners Arms and have a great night with the locals before I take my merry husband back home.