I was looking forward to today, to reach the Land’s End peninsula and ‘turn the corner’ – and start my journey east to Poole.
I made an early start, leaving St. Just and making my way back to the coast. Setting a good pace, I covered the 5 miles to Sennen Cove in a couple of hours (this stretch offered some amazing views back to Cape Cornwall, from Sennen itself especially).
I reached Land’s End, the most westerley point in England, by 12am and had my photo taken by the infamous Land’s End sign (I thought this would be free but I had to pay £10!). An information board near the sign lists all the towns in England and how far away in miles they are from Land’s End – Hartlepool being 472 miles away. I don’t think I could be much further away from home whilst in England. Or the UK for that matter.
I sat down at the cafe here and had something to eat, enjoying the view out to the Longships Lighthouse, then left Land’s End behind and joined the Coast Path again.
The walk from Land’s End to Porthcurno had some totally breathtaking scenery along the way – some of the best so far. It was just absolutely incredible, with too much to list, but some of the pictures above include – Ardensawah Cliff, Porth Chapel beach, Tol-Pedn-Penwith (the Holed Headland of Penwith), Carn Scathe & Pedn-men-an-mere.
To top it all off, Porthcurno is home to the spectacular open-air Minack Theatre. Overlooking Logan Rock, its setting is similar to the Greek and Roman cliff theatres. It was the brainchild of Rowena Cade, who lived at Minack House. in 1929, a local village group of players had staged Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream in a nearby meadow, repeating the production the next year. They decided that their next production would be The Tempest and Miss Cade offered the garden of her house as a suitable location, as it was beside the sea. Miss Cade and her gardener made a terrace and rough seating, hauling materials down from the house or up via the winding path from the beach below. In 1932, The Tempest was performed with the sea as a dramatic backdrop, to great success. Miss Cade resolved to improve the theatre, toiling hard over the course of the winter months each year throughout her life – so that others might perform each summer. Now voted as the best day out in England, her hard work has surely paid off…
After making my way to my campsite nearby and dropping off my stuff, I am now at the local pub – The Logan Rock. Just ordered fish pie and having a pint of Tinners.
Today has been great. After passing Land’s End I feel as though I have reached a significant point on my walk. My target now is the halfway mark, and I should reach that by next weekend…
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