The End to Enders

After another trip into Truro yesterday I found a suitable bowl to replace the one I broke. Harmony has returned to the campervan.

The weather forecast was good for Thursday, so we decided to visit the southern end of Cornwall.

Parking in St Ives is horrendous and the main car park is at the top of a steep hill above the town. Great to walk down, but after a long hot day it can be a trudge to climb back up.

We parked up at Lelant saltings Park & Ride and caught the train into St Ives arriving at the station above Porthminster beach having travelled along the stunning coast line of Hayle and Carbis Bay.

St Ives has changed so much over the years that we’ve been visiting. Expensive restaurants and boutique hotels have appeared to satisfy the upwardly mobile clientele.

We opted for lunch at the Beachcomber café. This used to be an extremely popular down to earth café that served a full English breakfast, a traditional Sunday roast at lunchtime or a Cornish cream tea in the afternoon.

It’s still a popular café serving good food with a more varied menu, just a tad more expensive.



After a walk around the town we headed back to the train.


St Ives Station


A gull posing above Porthminster Beach

Back at the car park Puffin was fired up and headed south.


Pirates of Penzance

We are revisiting a few places in Cornwall that we haven’t been to for some years and Penzance is one of them.

The last time we visited we were hungry and it was raining. We couldn’t find anywhere to eat so we left. We needed to give the place a second chance. Parking was easy on the quayside and it looked like you could overnight in a campervan, well it didn’t say you couldn’t.

To be fair we arrived late when the shop were starting to shut.

Penzance was certainly in better shape than the last time we came, nothing spectacular, but may be worth exploring when we have more time. After an hour of mooching we set off for another place on our revisit list.

The highlight of Penzance was a visit to the first Morrisons we had seen in Cornwall. The Extreme knitter wanted to visit the nearby Sainsburys store instead. I do worry about her.

Morrisons finest bread and milk were purchased, Puffin was fueled up. Living the dream.


Lands end.

The furthest that you can travel south in Great Britain.

We have only visited Lands end once before many, many years ago and weren’t impressed, however because we would be visiting John O Groats during our future Scottish trip in September the Lands End to John O Groats thing kicked in.

We will become “End to Enders”.

Ok, there would be interval of 2 months before reaching the goal it seemed the right thing to do.

When we first visited here there was nothing apart from the last house and the famous sign.

Lands end is now marketed as a theme park. The last house and the sign are still here. You have to pay to have a photo taken with your hometown on the sign, but you can still take a random photo without charge.


Oh dear what a miss match of commercialism. Shaun the Sheep and Arthurs Quest Exhibitions and a few shops. Luckily it only cost £2 to park.


We arrived after 5pm when everything was shut and we could wander around without the tat.


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