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Penzance Par one bridge too far.

December 24, 2013 by David Herd

The Par Inn Cornwall

Par inn Cornwall

Penzance Par one bridge too far, well rather than speak in riddles allow me to explain. Where Penzance is a bright & buzzy seaside town Par is quite the opposite, cold & bleak without too many redeeming features. My sincere apologies to the residents of this tiny Cornish fishing port.

I had a very good reason to visit Par, my grandfather Sam Tippett was born there around 1900. We stopped in the pub and asked if anyone had heard of the Tippetts but sadly no luck. Seeing we were in Cornwall I ordered a pasty, it was the worst I have ever tasted & I mentioned this to the barman. He said “talk to the fellow beside you, his wife makes them”.  😳

My friend Bill Austin & I had a good laugh about this and I surreptitiously hid the rest of the awful pasty in a paper bag ready to throw it in the garbage.

David Herd & Bill Austin in Par

Penzance Par one bridge too farNotice the small oven on the right? That’s where the terrible tasting pasties are lying in wait for an unsuspecting customer.  😥

A typical street in Par.

Penzance Par one bridge too farI did visit Par way back in the 60s to meet Minnie, one of my grandfathers (Sam Tippett) sisters. Penzance to Par is 61 miles or about 1.25 hours by car. Obviously I had a good reason to visit Par, otherwise I can’t see any features worth going there for.

Pop Tippett’s sister Minnie.

Cornwall-Par-TippettThis is  Minnie, one of my grandfathers (Sam Tippett) sisters.

This was Minnie’s home in Par

Penzance Par one bridge too far I should have taken this photo with me because I’m sure somebody in the pub would have known its location.

Countryside around Par

Penzance Par was one bridge too far

Quite a lonely part of the English coast.

Penzance main street.

Penzance Par one bridge too farPenzance is a town, civil parish and port in Cornwall, in England, United Kingdom. It is well known for being the most westerly major town in Cornwall and is approximately 75 miles west of Plymouth and 300 miles west-southwest of London.

Beachside

Penzance Par was one bridge too far Penzance  is the most westerly major town in Cornwall and is approximately 75 miles (121 km) west of Plymouth and 300 miles (480 km) west-southwest of London. Situated in the shelter of Mount’s Bay, the town faces south-east onto the English Channel, is bordered to the west by the fishing port of Newlyn, to the north by the civil parish of Madron and to the east by the civil parish of Ludgvan.

Granted various royal charters from 1512 onwards and incorporated in 1614, it has a population of 21,168 (2001 census).

Main St Penzance

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Luck was with us providing a beautiful blue sky.

Coastline

Penzance Par one bridge too far

I can imagine it would be freezing cold in winter.

St Michael’s Mount

Penzance Par one bridge too far

St Michael’s Mount  meaning “grey rock in the woods”, also known colloquially by locals as simply the Mount) is a tidal island 366 metres (400 yards) off the Mount’s Baycoast of Cornwall, England, United Kingdom. It is a civil parish and is united with the town of Marazion by a man-made causeway of granite setts, passable between mid-tide and low water.

In prehistoric times, St Michael’s Mount may have been a port for the tin trade, and Gavin de Beer made a case for it to be identified with the “tin port” Ictis/Ictin mentioned by Posidonius.

Historically, St Michael’s Mount was a Cornish counterpart of Mont Saint-Michel in Normandy, France (which shares the same tidal island characteristics and the same conical shape), when it was given to the Benedictines, religious order of Mont Saint-Michel, by Edward the Confessor in the 11th century.

St Michael’s Mount is one of 43 (unbridged) tidal islands which can be walked to from mainland Britain

In conclusion I guess I may be a little harsh on my description of Par, however travelling between Penzance Par you will find many interesting towns & villages worth a visit, St Ives for instance is a wonderful seaside village.


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St Ives Cornwall Best Seaside Town

December 18, 2013 by David Herd

Low tide at St Ives

St Ives Cornwall Best Seaside Town

St Ives Cornwall Best Seaside Town

 

St Ives Cornwall Best Seaside Town voted by the British Travel Awards in 2010 and 2011.  A civil parish and port in Cornwall. The town lies north of Penzance and west of Camborne on the coast of the Celtic Sea. In former times it was commercially dependent on fishing.

Huge seagulls

St Ives Cornwall Best Seaside Town

 

These are the biggest seagulls I have ever seen, twice the size of their Australian cousins. If you are eating fish & chips on the beach make sure you have a loaded shotgun beside you.  😆

St Ives Cornwall Best Seaside Town

St Ives Cornwall Best Seaside Town

 

If you are staying at a hotel or guest house you will probably have to leave your car on the outskirts of town. The streets are so narrow you can barely get a small car through them.

Narrow streets in St Ives

St Ives Cornwall Best Seaside Town

 

St Ives really is a hidden gem, put it on your bucket list.

St Ives best seaside town.

St Ives Cornwall Best Seaside Town

 

In former times St Ives was commercially dependent on fishing. The decline in fishing, however, caused a shift in commercial emphasis and the town is now primarily a popular holiday resort, notably achieving the award ‘Best UK Seaside Town’ from the British Travel Awards in both 2010 and 2011. St Ives was incorporated by Royal Charter in 1639. St Ives has become renowned for its number of artists. 

Low Tide

St Ives Cornwall Best Seaside Town

 

St Ives was named best seaside town of 2007 by the Guardian newspaper.

The beach at St Ives best seaside town

St Ives Cornwall Best Seaside Town

 

St Ives is situated on the shore of St Ives Bay, its harbour sheltered by Smeaton’s pier. Close to the harbour, its streets are narrow and uneven while its wider streets are in the newer parts of the town on rising ground. The town has four beaches: Porthmeor a surfing beach, Porthgwidden a small sandy cove, Harbour by the working port and Porthminster which has almost half a mile of sand. 

Lots of restaurants in St Ives.

St Ives Cornwall Best Seaside Town

 

The town has an Oceanic climate and has some of the mildest winters and warmest summers in Britain and Northern Europe.

The Hub

St Ives Cornwall Best Seaside Town

 

It is a very popular tourist resort in the summer, and benefits from an average of 1700–2000 hours of sunshine a year.

Lots of chairs overlooking the beach

St Ives Cornwall Best Seaside Town

 

Just sit back and enjoy the view of  St Ives best Seaside Town.

Soak up the sun

St Ives Cornwall Best Seaside Town

 

Blue sky, big seagulls, nice sand & plenty of restaurants.

The Stooge Inn

St Ives Cornwall Best Seaside Town

 

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Lunch with red wine.

St Ives Cornwall Best Seaside Town

 

Here I am having lunch with Bill Austin, my English friend from Wiltshire, thanks for visiting my St Ives Cornwall Best Seaside Town photo blog, I certainly agree with the title St Ives best seaside town.

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Lands End in Cornwall

December 15, 2013 by David Herd

Lands End, Cornwall.

Lands End CornwallHere we are at England’s most westerly point. Wind levels in winter reach around 20-25 knots, which is windier than most of England. The highest temperature recorded is 28.9 °C, and the lowest temperature recorded is -3.4 °C.

Penwith House

Penwith House Lands EndThis historic building dating from 1860 houses a hotel, a gift shop with maritime gifts, toys and confectionery. Coordinates:   50°3’56″N   5°42’51″W.


Beautiful old building

Penwith House Lands End In 1987 Peter de Savary purchased Land’s End for almost £7 million from David Goldstone. He had two new buildings erected and much of the present theme park development was instigated by him. He sold both Land’s End and John o’ Groats to businessman Graham Ferguson Lacey in 1991. The current owners purchased Land’s End in 1996 and formed a company named Heritage Great Britain PLC. Attractions at the theme park include children’s playgrounds and recorded music. Twice a week in August there are firework displays. Nearby is the Land’s End Hotel. In May 2012, Land’s End received widespread attention as the starting point of the 2012 Summer Olympics torch relay.

 Blue sky and lots of wind.

Lands End CornwallLand’s End is a headland and small settlement in western Cornwall, England. It is the most westerly point of mainland Cornwall and England. It is on the Penwith peninsula, about eight miles west-southwest of Penzance.

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Rugged coastline.

Cornish coast Lands End

This is certainly not a good place for a swim. 🙂

Lands End England’s most westerly point.

Lands End

The sea pounds these rocks 24/7.

Lands End Hotel.

Lands End HotelWe were so lucky to have the beautiful blue sky, photos look so much better. What you can’t see in the shots is the howling wind that nearly blew us off our feet.  😆

 Air Ambulance.

Air ambulance Lands End

I guess this choppers working days are over. 🙂

David Herd, intrepid traveller.  😎

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