Day 1: On the train | Penzance
As you can see from the fact that I still had my bangs in these pictures: this has been a long overdue post. I took a lot of pictures during the trip – and by a lot, I mean over 1500 of them using both my DSLR and compact camera, which meant that it took me a long while to process them. This was during a trip to Cornwall in March that I organised for a group of people from my Uni. We stayed in Penzance at the YHA hostel for 3 days and 2 nights and took buses to travel around the area. If I were to return there, I would preferably want to use my own car to travel around because coordinating bus hours was such a nightmare! At some point, we had to wait for hours for a bus to arrive. However, it was a really pleasant stay. The scenery there was breathtaking, and to quote one of my travel mates: “I never knew England could be so beautiful”. It took us nearly 5 hours to travel from Paddington Station to Penzance so we ended up spending most of the first day on the train and the rest of that day was spent looking for a place to eat and the actual hostel where we were staying.
Day 2: St. Michael’s Mount | St. Ives | Land’s End
On the second day, we took the bus and visited St. Michael’s Mount, St. Ives and Land’s End. What was pretty amazing about Mount St. Michael was not only the spectacular view but also the way that people had access to it: basically, there’s a pathway that leads to the island, which disappears when the tide is high and reappears when it’s low. Therefore, it’s possible to reach the island by foot early in the morning for instance. Otherwise, you’d have to take a boat to get there. Unfortunately, the island was closed off when we were visiting so we only had a glimpse of it from afar. We then moved on to St. Ives, a really lovely harbour town. Since it was lunchtime and we were in Cornwall, a trip to a Cornish Pasty shop seemed to be pretty appropriate for a tourist like me (although I realised once I came back to London that the shop where I bought my pasty was part of a chain restaurant that existed in London as well – sad). Like many other regions of Cornwall, St. Ives has beautiful golden sandy beaches with clear blue water. The only downside was that it was really windy and the water was extremely cold so swimming there wasn’t really an option (although, people do come to other parts of Cornwall to surf). As a matter of fact, looking back at these pictures, I’m having a hard time understanding what on earth I was wearing. Initially, I thought that it would be warm so I packed shorts and tank tops with me but as it turned out, it was freezing the whole time. It was the worse when we arrived to Land’s End, where I felt like the wind could have pushed me over a cliff or something. I ended up wearing two coats and basically layering everything I had brought along for this trip. As we arrives at Land’s End in the afternoon, it was the perfect time to watch the sunset and it was possibly one of the best experiences of my life. Lying there, on top of a cliff, watching the sun slowly disappearing into the horizon… it was magical. You’d need witness it yourself to understand what I mean but that was definitely one of the highlight of this trip. Interesting Facts: Land’s End is the furthest point on the west of England (if that makes any sense) and that a scene in one of the James Bond instalment (I don’t remember which) was filmed there.
Day 3: Porthcurno Beach | Minack Theatre
On our last day, we went to Porthcurno Beach to visit the Minack Theatre. This is quite possibly the closest thing to paradise that you can get in the UK. The beach was so gorgeous but once again, it’s quite unfortunate that the water is so cold there. Otherwise, I could imagine myself staying there lying in the sun for the whole day! Well to be fair, amidst the fact that bathing there wasn’t really an option, I still wanted to just sit there the whole day and stare at this amazing scenery – if only we didn’t have to catch a train in the afternoon. Minack Theatre was quite an interesting place to visit as well. Although it looks like it was built by the greeks or romans during the antiquity, it was built in 1929 – which is fairly recent.
During our 3 days there, we managed to visit most of the major attractions but it was obviously not all that Cornwall had to offer. I would definitely recommend you to visit the area if you have the chance. I’ve been to a lot of places but this was possibly one of the most beautiful places that I’ve ever been to. I went there right at the end of term time so it’s just a wonderful feeling be able to break away from the hectic environment in London and experience such beautiful scenery.