South Cornwall: Driving more
So after the last post where I showed images and put some words to the beeches of North Cornwall, which I visited on Wednesday, I though I would round off Cornwall with another post but about the South Coast this time.
Thursday saw me leave Redruth, head back down to Lands End via the back road along the north coast. Its okay the first time around (see last June), this time around it was just a bit monotonous following the local bus for 12 miles.
Before I show images of the south coast, one big observation is the very different geologies of the North and South. The North coast has lots of golden sandy beeches in bays, some of these beeches go on for miles. However the South seems dominated by small coves and inlets, some sandy beeches but nothing so grand as the North. That said the South has these amazing villages like Mousehole or Polperro, with narrow lanes in overgrown valleys that suddenly open out to a tiny harbour. Each has their own charm, but hey are very different to each other.
As a side note like a fool my route took me the back way into Polperro, and I had no choice but to force my way through the village ! OOPS
First stop of the day was the Minack Theatre, I have been to the beech and the telegraph museum before, but never up to the theatre. What a fantastic place.
From there it was onwards with a longer stop in West & East Portholland (you might struggle to find that one on a map), the drive down to it was hard. The road is single track, with some passing places but hedgerows 20 foot high either side. On Steep bits (up to 33%) meeting someone is a challenge!
From here it was another challenging road all the way to Portmelleon, where I stopped for a late lunch and a drink.
From there onwards it was almost non stop driving to the hotel in Saltash, I didn’t find the right place to pull over stop and take pictures (mainly due to busyness), other than to take a couple of snaps of the two ferries I used.
All in over two days that was ten beeches, two ferries, one theatre, a haircut, two pub lunches, two hotels and the odd pasty (rude not too). Load of beeches left on the hit list for another time, and there is still all the Devon Beeches to do.