Lands End and St Michaels Mount, Cornwall

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Take the main road from Newquay to St Ives, then follow the route, with stops and side trips according to how much time you have. The time it takes to drive anywhere in Cornwall depends on the road that you are on, rather than the distance involved. Newquay to Lands End by the direct main road through Penzance is only about 40 miles. However this route takes you through about 120 mile from Corisande back to Corisande, and two thirds of that is on minor roads. With a few stops it will take you all day

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            St Ives has little streets                              some beaches            and the Tate Gallery

St Ives

St Ives grew up as a fishing port - 16 million pilchards were caught in one seine net here in 1867. But the fish are now gone, as have the miners from the copper mines. In times gone by the community was divided into the "downalong" where the fishing families lived, and the "upalong" where the miners lived. No love was lost between the two communities.

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It has become an artists' colony since the days of Turner in the 1880's. Now home to a branch of the Tate Gallery and the Barbara Hepworth museum.

Zennor

Pleasant village, with the well known Tinners Arms pub. The narrow lane by the church leads to Zennor Head (NT.) Dwell on the legend that the local squires son was lured to his death on the rocks below Zennor Head by the singing of a beautiful mermaid.

St Just

A former centre of Cornish mining. You will find the spectacular coastal mine ruins nearby (Kenijack Valley, Levant, Botallack, Geevor). The spectacular engine house at Botallack has been restored and can be visited. Also nearby is Cape Cornwall (NT.) where there is car parking and good walks

Lands End

Its claim to fame is that it is the most westerly point on mainland Britain (The Lizard is the most southerly) It now has the "Lands End Experience" to offer you exhibitions and entertainment, as well as the views. If you must visit it, do so in winter!

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lighthouses      scenery     signpost at lands end

Minack Theatre

A Greek style amphitheatre right on the side of a cliff. Near Porthcurno (off the main road). A dramatic open air theatre that still puts on plays in the summer months. If there is not a play actually on, you can visit the theatre and learn about its history.

Lamorna Cove

Beautiful and peaceful cove with a stone pier and a handful of cottages.. Have a drink at the Wink Inn, originally only licensed to sell beer, but a wink to the landlord would bring something stronger.. The granite quarry here supplied the granite for the Thames Embankment

Newlyn

Major fishing port and an artists colony. It still retains some of its traditional fishermen's cottages, and narrow alleyways

Mousehole

Charming fishing village (its pronounced Mouzel by the way), granite fishermen's cottages and narrow streets. That odd culinary delight "stargazey pie" came from Mousehole. And the churchyard has the grave of Dolly Pentreath, the last monoglot Cornish speaker.

Penzance

Market town with harbour, National Lighthouse Centre and Mounts Bay. And, yes, you can learn about the Pirates of Penzance.

St Michael's Mount

Walk via the causeway at Marazion if the tide is low, or take a ferry at high tide. Owned by the National Trust since 1954, the mount itself and most of the castle is open to the public. Allow plenty of time for your visit, it is well worth the trip out to the mount.

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at Marazion, Penzance

Helston

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At the head of the beautiful Helford river, with the Seal Sanctuary nearby

Mawnan Smith

Sheltered sub-tropical area known for its gardens (Glendurgan). Nearby is the Ferry Boat Inn, and a small ferry over to the other side of the Helford River.

Falmouth

Pendennis Castle, boat trips to St Mawes or Truro. A harbour and yachting centre

Truro

Go via Mylor Bridge and stop at the Pandora Inn at Restronguet. Truro is Cornwall's county town, home of a cathedral, and a pleasant place to shop.

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