Land's End & Porthcurno (Cornwall - England)

Europe came to know of America very recently after Columbus mistook America for India! Till that point of time, after the land ends in UK, there’s a vast expanse of water and nothingness, as long as eyes could see!!! So, that point was aptly called Land’s End! Today several sections of Cornwall are listed under UNESCO, which were originally mining sites in 18th & 19th C CE. Sadly we were there on a day trip and did not manage to see those sites!

We got there via Penzance. From Penzance regular buses are available that take you to Land’s End via Porthcorno, priced at £12.00 for a one-day pass! That ride was an hour long and was just gorgeous! After a long time, I had witnessed the beauty of English countryside complete with cultivation, cattle, scare crows and hay rolls!!!
My first stop was Land’s End Visitors Centre! Originally this entire space belonged to Robert, Count of Mortain, who was awarded it all after the Norman Conquest in 1066. After changing so many hands, today it is with Heritage Great Britain PLC. At its entrance is a series of miniature houses built in the traditional styles. There are quite a few activities here, esp for kids which I wasn’t interested in. 

This commercial area covers 1/10th of the site of 100 acres! I directly went to do the most touristic thing to be done – get a photograph in front of Land’s End Signpost and a photo in front of The First and Last House! This House was built in 1860 by Grace Thomas as a small cafĂ© for tourists. Though these 2 spots are touristy, the view from here is just impeccable! 

Just like Durdle Door, here too are some unique rock formations, rocky islands and arches!!! With the rich natural wealth here it is been designated as an ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’. Among the natural formations, I spotted the manmade one too – the Longships Lighthouse built in 1873. Till 1988, it had lighthouse keepers; today it’s operated by automatic programme. Much farther away (8 miles away) is the Wolf Rock Lighthouse which I couldn’t spot! 

From this point, there are the Northward walk towards Sennen Cove which is 2.8miles and the Southward walk which is 1.6miles past Nanjizal Beach. This Beach & Cave is just such a beautiful place, but unfortunately I couldn’t walk till that point. Getting into that point requires a trek down the cliff and there’s a tiny eyelet through which you can swim! The water is crystal clear, but it is deep as well. Unless you’re a pro trekker and swimmer, you could just watch it from atop the cliff!

After this, we went over to Porthcurno by bus, but before heading to the beach, we checked out the Minack’s Theatre. This is one huge open air theatre opened in 1932, for the local drama enthusiast to perform Tempest! Till date performances happen here and the place can be seen whether a performance is happening or not! Just the very idea of watching a show, sitting on grass, with the sea breeze hitting the face is just such a beautiful thing!

A downward walk from here takes you to the Porthcurno Beach! This is a sandy beach and very much accessible! Still there were very few people here when compared to Durdle Door. There is a warning post though that says the sea is rough, deep and islands get cut off in tides, plus there’s a lifeguard too! 

From there, I got back to Penzance to take another bus to St.Michael’s Mount! That’s the English version of the Indian Haji Ali Dargah. This is being maintained by National Trust and it’s located in the sea! The causeway connecting it is visible only in low tide and on high tides, a speedboat is operated. Sadly we missed the bus and didn’t get to see it up close!
My visit to Cornwall didn’t do any justice. I didn’t see or do anything – Not the UNESCO mining sites, not the Mayon Cliff ship wreck, not the Nanjizal Beach Song of the Sea Cave, not the Sennen Cove, Bronze age burial mounds, Iron age hill fort, not the Telegraph Museum, none, did not even go crabbing in Cornwall!!!! I also missed St.Michael’s Mount grazingly!!!!! With a day-trip I didn’t even get to see a sunrise at this gorgeous beach!!! The gorgeous beaches are the only solace. Let’s see if future takes me there again. But then, if you’re planning a trip, take atleast a long weekend off! You might as well stay at Land’s End Hotel, which was opened in 1881.

P.S: Check out here to know what I wore to this trip.

To Get There:
Nearest airport: Cornwall Newquay
To Penzance from London: 500km (Both Great Western Railway & National Express Coaches operate in this route).
To Land's End from Penzance (via Porthcurno): 24km (First buses operate in this route) 
Car parking is available at Land's End Visitor's Centre
On Google maps: Land's End Visitor's Centre, Porthcurno Beach, St.Michael's Mount

Timings & Entry tickets: 
Minack Theatre: 
Timings: 10:00AM to 5:00/4:00PM (Summer/Winter) 
Entry fee: £5 during free shows & no performance. 
Tickets for shows can be bought at their website.

St.Michael's Mount: 
Castle - 10:00AM to 5:00PM (last entry 4:15PM); 
Garden is open only on Wed & Thurs for same timings. Saturdays closed.
Entry fee: £9.50 for castle alone & £14 incl Garden. 
Boat ride is priced at £2-3 if the causeway is closed by hightide.

Bhushavali

An ardent traveler by passion. Being an ex - Art History Teacher, my area of interest especially lies in Nature and Heritage. Visited 78 UNESCO World Heritage sites as of Sept 2020. I've been listed among the Top 7 Women Travel Bloggers of India, Top 50 in UK. I have been interviewed in a couple of TV Shows, Radio Channels and Events as well. Read more about me and read the testimonials of different brands