As always when in the office and discussing holidays, friends offer suggestions of places to visit when in a “new” area. Two such suggestions from one friend made for a fantastic day today.
We started at Lizard Point – the most southerly point on the English mainland. To be honest, it’s only really worth visiting for bagging rights, but it’s a nice place to spend half an hour. The old lifeboat station from 1914, now abandoned, stands forlornly just beyond the point, slowly dissolving into the English Channel. Would be a good place to visit in stormy weather, but for today, this photo shows what is left of the station.
Just around the corner from Lizard Point is Kynance Bay, a National Trust owned beach that is just fabulous. I can imagine that it gets very busy during the main holiday season, but today, it had a few families with young children and a few pensioners sitting on the lovely sand. The cafe there serves a decent cup of tea and flapjack and the whole surroundings make this a perfect spot. If you want “just” a quiet day at the beach, with great sand, clean sea and a cup of tea, I am struggling to think of anywhere better.
Leaving the bay, we called into Cadgwith, only because there is a photo of the harbour on the front of the OS map. An unspoiled little working harbour, with a shop that sells today’s catch straight to your basket, the likes of which you normally only see in period TV programmes. Well worth a visit.
Then, on to Trebah Gardens. A little hard to find down some very narrow lanes, it is well worth the effort. These are beautiful gardens, well looked after with the perfect attitude towards dogs (I am getting obsessed with dog-friendliness this week) this is another great few hours that I wouldn’t have had without my friend’s advice. So thanks go to them for a great day!!
Finally, called in to see an old boss of mine who has retired to the coast down here and had a most enjoyable tea time with him and his wife. The view from his deck was just stunning. It was good to catch up with him and see him enjoying his retirement.
All in all a very good day.
Now, let’s have a glass of English fizz to round things off.