Lands End Sennen Cove Cape Cornwall Coast Guide
Land's End is one of England's most recognised land marks and it attracts a lot of visitors each year. The name is very apt - standing on the rocks watching the Atlantic rollers crashing on to the rocky shore below, it feels as if you are miles out to sea already and the land has disappeared into the ocean.
This headland has been a site of pilgrimage since early times and is a part of our Celtic heritage. Standing at 200 feet the granite cliffs of Land's End protect Britain from the storms that sweep across the Atlantic. Looking out to sea across the foaming ocean it is easy to imagine the lost land of Lyonesse which legend says was lost to the ocean in times past. Just off of the coast is the Longships Light see photo below. There is also a good visitor attraction on the headland there are several interesting exhibits to explore. Monsters of the Deep - experience the prehistoric oceans with terrifying dinosaurs and huge sharks; a 4D film experience; Air Sea Rescue exhibit; Greeb Farm which has smaller farm animals on exhibit. There is also a small shopping village and four restaurants to tempt you. In spite of the excellent attractions it is still the grandeur of the natural scenery that you will remember most after your visit.
Longships Lighthouse Lands End
If you fancy a swim after your visit to the cliff tops head for nearby Sennen Cove overlooking Whitesands Bay. There is a small village and an excellent long sandy beach. The beach is gently sloping but do take care - you are swimming in the Atlantic Ocean!
A couple of miles up the coast is Cape Cornwall which is a spectacular headland jutting into the wild Atlantic surf. The headland is reached via the old mining village of St Just along the B3306. There is a car park nearby and kiosk but there is no village except St Just. The landscape here is littered with evidence of Cornwall's mining past. There is a huge chimney situated on the top of the cape, it was built to ventilate the tin mine below it. The foreshore is rocky and unsuitable for swimming but there is a small swimming pool among the rocks. The two rocks just offshore are known as the The Bisons.
Cape Cornwall Cape Cornwall
A further mile up the road is the old mining village of Botallack. This is the centre of the west Cornwall mining district and there are many indications of the thriving industry which once provided work for many local people. Most of the remains are now managed by the National Trust and there are several brochures available to give a guide to the history of the area (see the nice lady in the car park at Cape Cornwall). Some of the mines run out under the ocean and consisted of near vertical shafts which followed the rich seams of tin and copper. A bit further along the road is Geevor Tin Mine Museum which has exhibits explaining the history and working of the Cornish mining industry.
Map of Lands End
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