Maidenhead/Adventuring Day 17

Day 17 Maidenhead/Adventuring                   Mainly overcast and warmish

 After breakfast, we loaded the car and walked across in front of the hotel to where the Land’s End sign usually sits on top of a post…… the post was there, but no sign!!  It has turned totally commercial and the photographer locks the sign away so that he can continue to extort money from the public!!

So, not to be outdone, Richard and I posed for a self-timed photograph….….. with the naked post!!!

If we had the sign, it would show that it is 874 miles from John O’Groats (in the North of Scotland) to Land’s End.  And we have also been from the true northern point, Dunnet Head to the actual south, Lizard Point!

Sean was very kind to us today – he kept us on major roads.  We drove up the West Coast, which is famous here for its surf beaches.  Our first stop was Watergate Bay, which actually has a sandy beach.  We called in at Mawgan Porth for a cuppa, and to enjoy the beautiful scenery – we noticed that the Western Coastal beaches have been built more as seaside resorts, with much more modern buildings, than we saw on the south coast.

We continued on to the Bedruthen Steps, a few miles north of Newquay, to view “the stacks”.  The National Trust has established tearooms and an information centre/shop at the top of the cliffs.  From there, we walked a short distance to the cliff tops, then down a gently stepped path which went part of the way down the cliff, before climbing down 142 steep stone steps.

As the tide was out, we were able to spend quite a while walking along the beach, exploring all the “stacks” or “steps” (rocky outcrops like the 12 apostles in Australia), while keeping an eye on the incoming tide.  Some of them had hundreds of little mussels growing on them and others had huge caves or blowholes.

We were lucky to be able to walk along the beach because when the tide is in, the beach is completely covered by deep water, which is often rough. When the weather is bad, a gate at the top of the steps is closed and locked as the steps are too dangerous to use.

We finally managed to tear ourselves away before the tide came in completely and we made our way slowly back to the top, stopping to take more photos as the tide was coming in.  We had lunch in the little café and had a look around the little shop.

Then, we did some calculations and decided that we would head for home as we still had another four hours’ driving ahead of us.

So, we set Sean for “home” and, as he knows the way to Maidenhead, it was an easy drive home along the motorways – the A30, M5 and M4.  We passed by Exeter and Bristol and we saw the huge bridge that goes across to Cardiff in Wales.

Janet had dinner ready for us when we arrived and it was lovely to catch up with her and Adrian after being away for 3 days.

We have thoroughly enjoyed our brief visit to Cornwall.

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