Day 12 09-05-2014 Fri Truro

Today, unlike yesterday promised to be a sunny day. We decided to make the most of it by visiting the Lizard peninsula – the southernmost part of the UK. We wondered about the word Lizard, but it is derived from the old Cornish lys (“court”) and ardh (“high”).

Our first stop was Lizard Point to see the lighthouse (sadly not yet open for visitors). Here we got a hint of the dramatic coastline we would see later. There was much interesting vegetation here. The Lizard lighthouse has the largest lighthouse complex in the world, but the lighthouse itself is a little underwhelming. There was also a huge foghorn.

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the fog horn
the fog horn

IMG_1071Close by was Kynance Cove, also owned by the National Trust (free parking, yeah!). This features a really dramatic but surely treacherous coastline. We did an invigorating walk over the cliffs to fully appreciate the views.

Kynance CoveIMG_1104 IMG_1106 IMG_1122 IMG_0360 IMG_1085 IMG_1092A little further along the coast we came to Mullion Cove, a small harbour also part of the National Trust. We had an unintentionally large lunch of crab salad.

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There's no other place to park it
There’s no other place to park it

IMG_1134 IMG_1139The last stop on the western side of the peninsula was Poldu. There was a beach here with one or two hardy souls in swimwear. The temperature was about 12℃ – very hardy indeed.

IMG_1147We headed over to Coverrack and the coast on the eastern side of the peninsula. We drove many miles along farm lanes fringed with hedgerows filled with wildflowers in pink, blue and white. These lanes are very narrow – barely wide enough for our car. We had traversed other such lanes yesterday, but not this narrow. An interesting experience for sure, and character-building.

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Our last stop was Falmouth, allegedly second only to Sydney in the size of its natural deep water harbour. Despite being a popular tourist destination it did not come across as blatantly touristy as it is a working port and university town. We took a long stroll to take in the Georgian and Victorian houses painted in candy colours. Along the way we talked to some elderly residents doing some work in the front garden. We admired their topiary but were told that it was a pale imitation of its former self, having been vandalised by drunken students. Apparently there are over 5,000 students in a town of 20,000 and they want to increase that number to 9,000. We had to commiserate.

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And which do they value more?
And which do they value more?
No wonder they're queueing up
No wonder they’re queueing up

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In honour of Bob C
In honour of Bob C
They must have been the ultimate royalists
They must have been the ultimate royalists

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Who said the Poms can't do coffee?
Who said the Poms can’t do coffee?

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Not just for the officers
Not just for the officers

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This was one of the most enjoyable days we’ve had.

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