Canada goose, copper mine, Land's End Coaster, Little egret, Museum of Global Communications, Mute swan, Newlyn, Porthcurno, Rat Race 2022, samphire, Sennen Cove, shelduck, St IVes, St Just, St Michael's Mount, The Gurnard's Head, The Old Quay House, Tin mine
Saturday 2nd July. When I woke up, my knees reminded me that they had made quite an effort the previous day, perhaps the Frenchman’s Creek walk, or maybe the Minack Theatre steps, most likely a combination of both. So, a late breakfast, some photos,
and a very early lunch in the restaurant of the place I was staying, the Old Quay House. Good old fish and chips. Very early because I had decided to rest my legs today, and after lunch to take a circular bus ride on the hop-on hop-off Land’s End Coaster, an hourly service.
Here’s a tourist map of the far tip of Cornwall that I was given during my 2021 holiday in Penzance.
The Hayle estuary and St Erth, where I got on the bus, are half way down, over on the right. I chose to take the anticlockwise route, which went northwards to St Ives, along the north coast westward towards Geevor, southward to St Just, then continued south, diverting to Sennen Cove, back to the main road, and out to Land’s End and back, then down, and on another detour, to Porthcurno (the home of the Minack Theatre, though the bus necessarily turned back before that), inland to St Buryan, across to Newlyn, then to Penzance, Marazion (St Michael’s Mount), and northeast back to my starting point. The bus ride would take four hours. It takes 15 minutes to get to Penzance from Hayle, where I was staying, by car.
I sat upstairs in the open-air part of the bus. It was very blowy – and for most of the time, especially along the north coast, and as the previous evening, I wished I had more clothing with me. People got on and off at regular intervals. I think I was the only person not using the bus as a means of getting from A to B. And I was able to use my senior’s bus pass.
I took no more photos from then in, Penzance, through Marazion and back to St Erth/Hayle.
Back at my lovely patio for the evening, the tide was well out.
One full day in Cornwall left. And no, I didn’t see my friendly gull this day.
Glad the gull didn’t visit. Thanks for all those excellent photographs on your tour, it gave me a good idea of what the county was like.
Even in that small part of a larger county, the terrains are very varied.
What an interesting bus ride that was.
I enjoyed it.
An excellent way to see a lot of the county. Enjoyed your photographs, and the map was helpful.
It was a very satisfactory way of sparing tired legs.
Les transports en commun sont vraiment bien étudiés en Cornouailles. Excellente idée de faire le tour complet. Avoir résisté au froid en restant côté plein air en valait la peine, je pense.
Il vaut mieux être à bord du bus que de le croiser !
Buses in Cornwall are even better – they all co-ordinate with each other and you can get all the information about them in one place.
Yes indeed, in a car, I would not like to meet a bus coming th other way. It was bad enough meeting other cars, tractors and vans in the narrow country lanes.