Day 16 Maidenhead/Adventuring Overcast and cool
When we woke up this morning and looked out at our beautiful view, we discovered that someone had pulled the plug! Yes, the River Looe is tidal and as they have a large difference in tide heights and the tide was out, this meant that the boats that were moored in the river were literally high and dry.
We had a lovely breakfast at Trehaven Manor and had a nice chat with a couple from Devon – we thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Trehaven!
We had a busier day than we intended today as everything took longer to look at than we had allowed!
Our first stop was at Polperro, an old fishing village, not far from Looe. We parked at the visitor’s car park and walked down into the town, which has very narrow, windy streets, with nowhere to park. We found the harbour and were amused to discover that, of course, the tide was out here as well, and so there were a few fishermen hanging around waiting to take their boats out. We found a path and some steps that took us up to the top of the cliffs, where we had a spectacular view of the village and the rugged coastline.
From there, Sean led us up the garden path…. well, some of the roads he took us on to get to the Eden Project, were not much wider than a garden path – certainly no wider than the little merc, with hedges rising well above our roofline on both sides of the road. On several occasions, we had to reverse to a slightly wider spot for the other person to squeeze past – not a lot of fun.
When we finally arrived at the Eden Project we were very impressed. Sandy wants to bundle up all the ideas and take them home to her school, Bulimba State School, and in particular, the principal, Michael Zeuschner, as they are very involved in sustainable practices.
The Eden Project is hard to describe in just a few words, but basically it was built on an abandoned clay pit, some 13 hectares, was transformed into a series of huge gardens. Domes, like giant green house bubbles, were constructed to emulate the climates of specific regions eg there is one that reproduces the climate for Rainforest Plants and another for the climate of the Mediterranean area.
The size of the spheres, or as they call them, Biomes, has to be seen to be appreciated. The Rainforest Biome is larger that the entire Tower of London complex. The Biomes and the external gardens have 2665 different species of plants.
The Eden Project has been designed to provide educational and research facilities, while also providing a high level of interest for people like us to come and enjoy/learn.
We had lunch at the Eden Project – a Cornish Pastie, of course, before we headed to our next adventure for the day, after spending too long, but not long enough at the Eden Project.
After that, we continued south west, with the narrow roads dropping us back to the coast at lovely little fishing villages such as Mevagissey and Gorran Haven.
We made our way to the Lizard Peninsula, which is the true most southern point of Britain, has historically been a very treacherous coastline, but today, it was very calm. We parked the car and walked for 15 minutes down to the point, which involved more steps cut into the cliff face, for some spectacular scenery and lots of photos.
From there we headed off to see St Michael’s Mount, which is a castle that was built on an island, which is only accessible from the mainland when the tide is out, or of course, you can catch a ferry across.
Next stop, Penzance, briefly! By this stage, it was getting late and we decided to just have a quick look at Penzance and continue on to Land’s End, where we were staying for the night.
We headed west along the coast towards Land’s End and came across a quaint little town called Mousehole (pronounced Mou-zle), but the roads were becoming increasingly narrower and winding down through villages, with barely enough room for the car to fit, so we opted to turn around, when we were able, and headed back to through Penzance to the more common route.
We booked in to the Land’s End Hotel, which is right on the edge of the cliff, and went for a walk and took some photos before dark.
Land’s End is said to be the most westerly point of England and also supposedly the furthest point south.
So now, we have been from John O’Groats in Scotland, the most northerly part of Britain to Lands End.
We had dinner in the hotel restaurant overlooking the point and what could have been a magnificent sunset, if it hadn’t been overcast.
So, as you can read, we had a very full and enjoyable day!