Cornwall July 06
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The last of our big camping trips,having done the Peak District and Norfolk the two previous years. A lot to be said for travelling the world, but you still have to see all that your own country has to offer.
Quite a drive for us,about 12 hours, so we stopped off on the way down in Weston Super Mare for the night, didn't want to be arriving late and having to pitch a tent. As a holiday town itself, it's one to give a wide berth, the beach was filthy and when the tide went out the sea was about a mile away. Still it was only a stop over and we kicked on the next morning to the Roseland Peninsula,btween St Austell and Truro, where we were going to be based near the small village of Gerrans.
Having spent the best part of two days travelling and putting the tent up, we headed for the beach next day to allow the kids to run wild a bit. Nice walk along the coastal path to get to the beach at Portscatho, the next village along. Spent the day chilling and soaking up the sun.
Time to start exploring and next day we headed for Goonhilly, the largest satellite earth station in the world. About 60 large sattelite dishes and there is one of them you can climb up. Great Visitor Centre with the history of communications as it's theme, and loads of interactive stuff .
Another day out on the beach, then we paid our first visit to the Eden Project. Truely amazing place, built on the site of an old quarry, it looks at the bio diversity around the world, and our place in it. Lot of development work and preservation projects, and experiments that can then be used to help out 3rd world cultivation Walked about and headed for the biodomes .There are two massive domes, one with a tropical rainforest in it and the other a mediterranean landscape. Spent ages in them and the heat and humidity in the tropical one was immense.
Followed the pattern and had another day on the beach to rest and relax.
Decided it was time to go to Lands End as the drive was about the furtherst we would do here. Not that impressive, butone of these places you need to go to. Then went to the Geevor Tin Mine which was fairly close by, which was the last to close in Cornwall and sits right on the coast with the old mine shafts going out under the Atlantic.
Next day we decided to go back to the Eden Project, spending a lot more time looking around the outdoor exhibits,but still the temptation was to go into the domes. Really colourful and interesting and managed to fill another whole day here.
Yet another day on the beach,though this time we drove further down the peninsula to a different one, before going the following day on the trip I had really wanted to do since we had started looking at Cornwall, the Isles Of Scilly, that lie 28 miles southwest of Lands End.
Originally had wanted to do it by helicopter, but to get the cheap seats you can only book it the day before and they didn't have four seats left for when we wanted to travel.
It was a scorching hot day and arriving there with the sandy beaches and palm trees it looked more like the Carribean. Docking in Hughtown on St Marys the place looked really quaint. Found a bus tour on an old London bus and did that first. Guy that ran it was hilarious,and moaned about the fact that he had to pay the same road tax as they did in London,depite the fact that he only had 6 miles of road to drive it on.
Had a look round Hughtown and went for lunch in a pub overlooking the harbour before we did the walk up round the fort. Was soon time to go and get the boat back. 3 hours sail back to Penzance and another hour back to Gerrans, it had been a long day and we just made it to the pub in time for them still to be serving meals .
Spent our last two days on the beach and then it was time to pack up and head for home. Drove it straight through for 12 hours this time and arrived home just after midnight.
Really enjoyed Cornwall and would encourage anyone visiting England to take a look and try and fit in some time here.