A week in a unique part of England
Oh what a journey to get here! We are staying at Clowance Estate outside Praze-An-Beeble which is south west of Truro.
Cornwall is a ceremonial county and unitary authority area of England, within the United Kingdom. Cornwall is a peninsula bordered to the north and west by the Celtic Sea, to the south by the English Channel, and to the east by the county of Devon, over the River Tamar. Yes, there is a city of Launceston.
Cornwall has a population of 536,000 and covers an area of 3,563 km2. The administrative centre, and only city in Cornwall, is Truro, although the town of St Austell has the largest population. Traditionally, mining (tin mining and later copper from the Middle ages), fishing (pilchards) and agriculture are the main industries. The railways led the increasingly important industry of tourism.
After a 5.30 am wake up in Paris and the Eurostar to St Pancras in London, we had a mad dash to Paddington to catch a Great Western Rail train to Truro and then a bus from Truro to Camborne ( as a viaduct was under repair on the rail line). A taxi picked us up and delivered us to our accommodation at Clowance Estate.
The Clowance Estate has many lodges and units. This is the road to our three bedroom lodge.
Our home for the next week
There is also a 9 hole golf course.
Colleen in the kitchen of our A Frame three bedroom, two bathroom lodge. There is a sauna as well.
On Monday,, we joined a tour with two other couples for a day around The Lizard.
Porthleven in on the west coast of The Lizard.
The inner harbour at Porthlevin.
The retirement home on the cliff top at Mullion Cove
The Mullion Cove Hotel
Lizard Point- notice one of many helicopters on manoeuvres from RNAS Culdrose, the largest helicopter base in Europe.
Lizard Point, the most southerly facing harbour in Great Britain
Lizard Point is a huge outcrop of Serpentine
Old Norman church at Lizard is more than a thousand years old.
The bell is more than 600 years old
The village of Lizard
Coastline at Lizard Point
Thatch roof houses at Lizard
This is a typical two lane road in this area. We had to clear debris before we could go on.
Looking down to Falmouth Harbour, one of the deepest after Sydney Harbour
We passed RNAS Culdrose on our way back. Both Princes William and Harry have served at this base which is the largest helicopter base in Europe. We saw a large number of helicopters flying around this area.
We really got what we came for in Cornwall - beautiful scenery, a very good resort for R&R and one week in one place with no unpacking and packing.
On Thursday, we took the short walk to Praze-an-Beeble for lunch.
While it is only half a mile walk into Praze-an-Beeble, the road is narrow with no footpaths for most if it and it carries quite a heavy body of traffic.
The pub, St Aubyn's Arms Steak and Ale House
The Chippy and Cafe
Saturday morning was the reverse journey to our accommodation in London for the next two weeks. Firstly, a taxi to Camborne, bus to Truro then a 6 hour train journey to Paddington then the underground to Kings Cross.