18.09.2011 - 18.09.2011 17 °C
It was so amazing to wake up this morning with rain beating at the window pane of my dorm room and to see small rabbits eating the grass in front of the hostel! Gosh it is such an amazing part of the world this Cornish coastline. The weather was pretty ordinary first thing this morning so I decided to kick back a bit in the hostel and really enjoy my brekky whilst I waited for a break in the weather. The rain eased up around 10 so off I went for a walk along the shoreline. The moors are really beautiful in this part of England. There isn’t much vegetation on the mountains.. just lots of small shrubs and lots of bracken. Very few trees (I think because of the amount of wind here) and just a few tufts of grass.. Really awesome. Today because of the heavy rain and wind the waves were really quite high up so the whole walk along the coast was really nice.
Decided to head back to the lodge around lunch time and go for a drive out to Land’s End (my hostel is about 5 miles from the actual Land’s End point) the point is actually privately owned and they have turned a part of it into this tacky tourist attraction.. once you get passed the tackiness the actual coastline and point is really beautiful. There was a ranger type person out at the point telling us about the birds and mammals that call Land’s End home. Normally you would be able to see seals and dolphins but none today because of the rough weather. The gulls were having a field day just because the wind was blowing so hard and they were not having to do any work to stay aloft!
From Land’s End I continued my journey around the bottom of the cape to Penzance (a largish town about 10 mins away). I stopped and had a Cornish Pasty (which was actually a bit disappointing just because it was so salty!) before continuing along to St Michael’s Mount. St Michael’s Mount is an old ruined abbey that is on this small island in the middle of the bay and when the tide is low you can walk out to the island! I chose not to walk all the way out to the island (mainly because it was getting late and I was a little worried about tides etc.) but I did get some nice pics from the land side of the island.
I finished off my day by driving back to Cape Cornwall and taking some sunset shots of the cape and the houses of St Just. A really magical end to a pretty amazing day!