Sunday, June 21, 2009
CORNISH COAST PATH
There is a path which goes round the entire coastline of Cornwall, it stretches over six hundred miles and covers some breathtaking scenery. Over the last few days we have been hiking various pieces of it.
It is not easy hiking as the path follows the numerous valleys and coves so when you are not scrabbling down one side, you are slogging up the other!
But the endless carpet of wildflowers and the wonderful views are well worth the effort.
This was one of our rest spots, talk about a table with a view!
As I have mentioned previously the seas around Cornwall are known for being particularly dangerous to shipping, for many years a lot of the local people made a good living from wrecking!
There are many lighthouses along the coast.
Some stand lonely sentinel on a rock out at sea and others teeter on the cliffs edge, all working hard to keep passing ships safe.
This one at Pendeen is particularly appealing to me, in part because of its 'Dr Zeuss' foghorns
There is a sign nearby warning of hearing damage if you stand too close to them when they go off! Ouch!!
Another constant feature is the endless chain of old tin mine, engine houses
These two are known as the Crown Engine Houses, can you imagine building them in that location?
I stood on the cliff top and tried to imagine what the scene must have been like when all the mines were working, with all the noise and clatter, not to mention the black smoke - tough times.
At the end of the day we sat down in Priest Cove and watched the waves washing in over the rocks.
Parts of Cornwall really do feel as if they are in a time warp, it is the perfect place to escape from the hustle and bustle of big city life.
Photo Credits - Dominick V & CJT
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