Cornish Chronicles: Land’s End

Land’s End is the south-west tip of Great Britain and is reputed to be tacky. Having visited it’s equivalent in the north-east of Scotland, John O’Groats, I could well believe that and was willing to take the advice of our guidebook (Lonely Planet). This was: leave the car up the coast at Sennen Cove and follow our circular walk. That we did, and it was a very pleasant 6-7 miles.

We started at the harbour in Sennen Cove, then climbed steeply up onto Mayon Cliff as we walked towards Land’s End.

Land’s End itself was less tacky than I expected, though it had the same signpost as John O’Groats with the same invitation to spend megabucks having your picture taken with your home town on it. No chance! I snapped a quick pic anyway – looks like the last person to shell out lived in Harwich. The café was closed for the season, but the hotel did good coffee and we enjoyed sitting looking out over the sea, unable to believe this was 1st October.

From Land’s End, we carried on round the coast, descending to Nanjizal Bay where we climbed back up to the cliff tops. We then cut across farmland back to these pretty thatched cottages in Sennen Cove.

This was a lovely walk – good job, Lonely Planet! I think my opinion of Land’s End might have been worse in season though – it was pretty quiet when we were there.

More coastal walking to come!