Land’s End Hike from Sennen Cove on 9May2015

sennen cove

looking back at sennen cove

after a wonderful hike at porthgwara, we rested at porthgwara cove cafe & enjoyed some crnish cream tea. ^^

actually i was less than enthused.

this cornish cream tea/devonshire cream tea thingy is just scones & clotted cream. when i read up, they say in america the fat content of clotted cream will make it by definition butter!

it was already nearing 2pm. the weather was holding out. we were uncertain if the glorious sunshine would continue, so we decided to drive on to sennen cove and hike to land’s end. ^^

on the way we stopped by for a very cheap but mediocre (i guess not much to complain about) £5 cod & chips at a pub. 🙂

when we reached sennen cove, parked & started hiking, the sky started to become downcast though. 😦

hiking to land's end from sennen cove

hiking to land’s end from sennen cove

a very pleasant hike along the southwestern coast path.

looking back at sennen cove

looking back at sennen cove

looking back at picturesque sennen cove & towards the north, cape cornwall was in the distance.

hiking to land's end from sennen cove

hiking to land’s end from sennen cove

hiking to land's end from sennen cove

hiking to land’s end from sennen cove

looking southwards is land’s end, the most westerly point of cornwall and england. ^^

hiking to land's end from sennen cove

hiking to land’s end from sennen cove

hiking to land's end from sennen cove

hiking to land’s end from sennen cove

there was a steeper short climb up mayon cliff to the mayon old coastguard lookout.

hiking to land's end from sennen cove

hiking to land’s end from sennen cove

nearer to land’s end peninsula.

hiking to land's end from sennen cove

hiking to land’s end from sennen cove

lots of rock formation & geology. 🙂

hiking to land's end from sennen cove

hiking to land’s end from sennen cove

a relaxing walk, a bit overcast sky.

cape cornwall

cape cornwall

looking north to cape cornwall in the distance. 🙂

land's end

land’s end

land's end coastline

land’s end coastline

the craggy coastline to land’s end peninsula.

land's end

land’s end

land's end & dr syntax head

land’s end & dr syntax’s head

land's end

land’s end

we could see land’s end, dr syntax’s head on peel point further out to sea & dr johnson’s head.

dr syntax a fictional school master dr syntax's head

we did not venture for a closer look, but apparently there a rock formation that looked exactly like a head with a protruding chin, and somehow named after a fictional headmaster.

land's end

land’s end & dr syntax’s head

land's end

land’s end

the first & last house resting point at land’s end. 🙂

land's end

land’s end & dr syntax’s head

looking at land’s end & dr syntax’s head northwards from the other side.

lookout

lookout

at land’s end, we rested a while at the first & last house. 🙂

on the way back to sennen cove

on the way back to sennen cove

the glorious sunshine in the morning had passed, sky was overcast, foggy & photo lighting a bit low.

on the way back to sennen cove

on the way back to sennen cove

on the way back to sennen cove

on the way back to sennen cove

we walked back to sennen cove.

on the way back to sennen cove

on the way back to sennen cove

on the way back to sennen cove

on the way back to sennen cove

land's end

land’s end

it was a very nice hike even though we could not keep the sunshine.

we had a coffee & shared some bites. after that we drove back & was happy to be back at our very nice glencree house b&b. 🙂

glencree house proprietor booked tolcarn inn at newlyn for us. having rested, we drove a short distance to newlyn & had a really great fish dinner at tolcarne inn!^^

c.h.e.f andy

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Cream Tea & Porthgwarra Hike on 9May2015

privately owned porthgwarra cove

privately owned porthgwarra cove

porthgwarra (in cornish means a very wooded cove) is in fact quite accessible from porthcurno, probably an hour’s walk along the southwest coast path.

we were not certain of the weather & the terrain, so decided to head back to our car after reaching st leaven’s church.

so after minack theatre & the short porthcurno hike, we took a drive instead to porthgwarra. the access road is tricky as for quite a long stretch it is only 1 car width. it seems pure chance that 2 vehicles do not ended head to head & having to reverse (couldn’t imagine how?) but i guess probability of that is low because so few vehicles. there are intervals where there are wider space for 2 vehicles to cross. still we manage to reach & leave portgwarra w/o any difficult manoeuvres.

slipway and winch at porthgwarra

slipway and winch at porthgwarra

apparently porthgwarra cove & the winch & slipway are privately owned, though public are allowed to use them.

porthgwarra cove cafe

porthgwarra cove

porthgwarra cove cafe is left of this building & there is a large carpark beyond that which the cafe proprietress charged £2 for the parking. quite ok.

cave tunnels

cave tunnels

we followed the signs & got up to the southwest coast path.

looking down, some kids were playing hide & seek at a cave tunnel below. seems that there were more tunnels at the foot of the cove’s slipway is a tunnel dug by tin miners from St Just to give farmers horse-and-cart access to the beach to collect seaweed to use as a fertiliser.

porthgwarra hike

porthgwarra hike

porthgwarra hike

porthgwarra hike

porthgwarra hike

porthgwarra hike

we were blessed with glorious sunshine. the walk was very pleasant, good wind, not too chilly.

porthgwarra hike

porthgwarra hike

porthgwarra hike

porthgwarra hike

porthgwarra hike

porthgwarra hike

porthgwarra hike

porthgwarra hike

porthgwarra hike

porthgwarra hike

for this section, the walk was quite gentle, not too much difficulty.

porthgwarra hike

porthgwarra hike

porthgwarra hike

porthgwarra hike

porthgwarra hike16

porthgwarra hike

we reached the gwennap head lookout station (national coast watch institution).

maybe in the distance is land’s end. the southwest coast path would lead us to land’s end. at our slow progress maybe 1.5hrs. but we were being conservative, uncertain about the sudden change in weather & not wanting to trek back to the car if we went  too far. so we decided to turn back & drive to sennen cove afterwards & walked from there to land’s end.

porthgwarra hike

porthgwarra hike

porthgwarra hike

porthgwarra hike

there were these red & black cones along the ridge. we were wondering what they were & the use?

it was until later that i learned that they are “Trinity House navigation daymarks on Gwennap Head”, and “When the red cone obliterates the black and white one the observer at sea is directly above the dangerous Runnel Stone”. wow!

£5.25 cream tea porthgwarra cove cafe

£5.25 cream tea porthgwarra cove cafe

£5.25 cream tea porthgwarra cove cafe

£5.25 cream tea porthgwarra cove cafe

we shared one £5.25 cream tea at the porthgwarra cove cafe.^^

we were not so enthused with this cornish cream tea/devonshire cream tea thingy. just scones & clotted cream. when i read up, they say in america the fat content of clotted cream will make it by definition butter! i do like butter & especially homemade name/fruit preserve etc so i am ok with scones & butter/jam. one is quite enough though. these scones a bit of the crumbly type & not really so “pang” aka tasty.

c.h.e.f andy

The Best Breakfast, Excellent Host & Stay at Glencree House B&B on 9-12May2015

big breakfast at glencree house less sausage & beans

big breakfast at glencree house less sausage & beans

after picking up our car from keddy upon arrival at penzance station, we drove 1.1miles (according to googlemap) to glencree house bed & breakfast in like 5 mins.

glencree house bed & breakfast

glencree house bed & breakfast

wife booked this place for the next 3 nights, 9-12.5.2015. it was an excellent choice.

breakfast at glencree

breakfast at glencree

andrew, the host, was really friendly, cheerful & helpful. he was very busy of course managing the breakfast. the settee was not occupied, and later as he cleared 1 table, he welcomed us to take from the breakfast spread. we took some coffee.

lynsey guided us to couple maps from the bookshelf & andrew told us we could take them with us in our car. we forgot to return the maps when we checked out on 12.5.2015 for st ives. so on 14.5.2015, after leaving st ives, we passed by glencree house & returned the maps. 🙂

breakfast room at glencree house

breakfast room at glencree house

breakfast at glencree house

breakfast at glencree house

breakfast at glencree house

breakfast at glencree house

breakfast was as good as shown on the B&B website!

andrew - great host glencree house proprietor

andrew – great host glencree house proprietor

we later checked into trevose harbour house B&B at st ives, which was another excellent & much more luxurious B&B. breakfast was almost identical though trevose had a bit more expensive stuff, but we both agreed the breakfast at glencree was better. must be andrew’s cooking!^^

smoked salmon on scarmble eggs at glencree house

smoked salmon on scarmble eggs at glencree house

we had breakfast for 3 days. for the first breakfast on 10.5.2015, my wife had the smoked salmon on scrambled eggs.

it was good, but obviously my big breakfast was better, so my wife switch to that for the next 2 days.

big breakfast at glencree house

big breakfast at glencree house

big breakfast at glencree house

big breakfast at glencree house

no need to ask why big breakfast? 2 sausages, 2 back bacon, 2 over easy, good helping of button mushrooms, 1 large tomato, & beans.

big breakfast at glencree house less sausage & beans

big breakfast at glencree house less sausage & beans

the farm sausages & baked beans i could do without so i skipped those the next 2 days. this guy’s over easy really good standard. haha! 🙂

kellog fruit & fibre at glencree house breakfast

kellog fruit & fibre at glencree house breakfast

i liked the kellogg’s fruit & fibre very much.

kellog fruit & fibre at glencree house breakfast

kellog fruit & fibre at glencree house breakfast

strawberries & blueberries at glencree house breakfast

strawberries & blueberries at glencree house breakfast

strawberries & blueberries at glencree house breakfast

strawberries & blueberries at glencree house breakfast

well, actually i liked the strawberries & blueberries very much!

kellog fruit & fibre at glencree house breakfast

kellog fruit & fibre at glencree house breakfast

& they go so well with the kellogg’s fruit & fibre.

bread butter & jam

bread butter & jam

on the second day i also had the bread. i liked especially the homemade jam, fruit preserve.

we had a really excellent & enjoyable stay at glencree house. 🙂

the room?

room was ok. ours on level 3. room was not big but quite ok. bed & bedding were ok. good coffee bags & lots of tea. toilet was small but ok. towel reel was heated in the evening. we never used the tv. wifi in room was ok, sometime a bit slow. basic room really, well provided for the price. we were happy with it.

c.h.e.f andy

Minack Theatre & Porthcurno Hike on 9May2015

porthcurno hike

porthcurno hike

we were greeted with a morning of glorious sunshine on 9.5.2015. ^^

after depositing our luggage at the glencree house B&B, excellent place we would be staying for the next 3 days, we drove 9miles to minack theatre. 🙂

entrance to minack theatre

entrance to minack theatre

entrance to minack theatre

entrance to minack theatre

there was a large free carpark. we paid the £4.50 entrance fee. these days we view entrance fee as contribution to upkeep a place people want to visit (which is exactly what is for!), so we think only whether we want to visit a place, not the entrance fees. haha!^^

minack theatre

minack theatre

minack theatre

minack theatre

minack theatre is literally an open-air theatre carved out of granite cliffs at porthcurno! 

it’s the most famous cliffside open-air theatre in Britain, possibly in the world.

minack theatre

minack theatre

we could see the lizard peninsula & lizard point in the distance. 🙂

minack theatre

minack theatre

minack theatre

minack theatre

porthcurno beach (from minack theatre)

porthcurno beach (from minack theatre)

& porthcurno beach. 🙂

minack theatre

minack theatre

minack theatre

minack theatre

minack theatre

minack theatre

it was the work & devotion of rowena cade, who owned & started the project in the 1930s.

minack theatre10 minack theatre11 minack theatre12minack theatre10

many concerts were held at this place & continues to do so. 🙂

minack theatre

minack theatre

minack theatre

minack theatre

porthcurno

porthcurno

there is a route leading down to porthcurn0 beach. 🙂

porthcurno beach

porthcurno beach

very small beach!

minack theatre, southwest coast path, porthgwarra

minack theatre, southwest coast path, porthgwarra

we took the southwest coast path, access from the minack theatre carpark. such a wonderful walk! 🙂

porthcurno hike

porthcurno hike

porthcurno hike

porthcurno hike

the meadows. i learned that meadow is an unwooded grassland primarily for making hay & not for livestock grazing.^

porthcurno hike

porthcurno hike

such beauty!

porthcurno hike

porthcurno hike

porthcurno hike

porthcurno hike

porthcurno hike

porthcurno hike

this is porthchapel beach.

porthcurno hike

porthcurno hike

porthcurno hike

porthcurno hike

porthcurno hike

porthcurno hike

porthcurno hike

porthcurno hike

we walked through the farm.

porthcurno hike

porthcurno hike

porthcurno hike

porthcurno hike

porthcurno hike

st levan’s church

& arrived at st levan’s church. 🙂

st levan's church from up the road

st levan’s church from up the road

we took the road back to minack theatre.

that’s the view of st levan’s church from up the road.

from road leading back to minack theatre

from road leading back to minack theatre

from road leading back to minack theatre

from road leading back to minack theatre

from road leading back to minack theatre

from road leading back to minack theatre

it was a short walk back to minack theatre, like 1/2 mile.

garden alongside minack theatre

garden alongside minack theatre

we arrived where we started, the garden landscape & carpark entrance to minack theatre. such a wonderful morning walk.

after porthcurno, we drove further to porthgwarra. it was a bit of a u-turn in terms of the route, about 3.5miles.

Sleeper Train & Car Rental – Cornwall Holiday Planning on 8-9May2015

single sleeper cabin

single sleeper cabin

wife planned the cornwall trip & the journey to penzance.^^

we took the sleeper train from paddington at 23.45pm on 8.5.2015 & arrived next morning 7.55am at penzance, cornwall. 🙂

it was a good plan. penzance is a great base to explore cornwall. we walked-

the minack theatre, porthcurno, porthgwaraa, sennen cove & land’s end on 9.5.2015;

cape cornwall, botallack mines & dined at gurnard’s head restaurant on 10.5.2015;

the lizard peninsula, starting from kynance cove to lizard point to lizard village & back kynance cove 11.5.2015;

st michael’s mount in the morning before driving to st ives on 12.5.2015.

after day we spent 2 nights at st ives.^^

the advantages are that –

(1) the day journey london to penzance takes 5hrs & cost £215 while the sleeper takes 8hrs, we arrived fresh & no time lost & it cost £100 more per trip (i.e. per night). we had separate cabins (connecting cabins onward journey non connecting return journey). the double bed sleeper cabins were full otherwise the cost is £70 a night no more than a B&B. 🙂

breakfast - croisant

breakfast – croisant

breakfast - bacon sandwich

breakfast – bacon sandwich

breakfast was like irrelevant.

penzance station

penzance station

europcar VW Golf

europcar VW Golf

 (2) we did not want to drive long distances & picking up car from penzance, we drove less than 200miles in 6days, very short distances & quite perfect for us at our age.

we picked up a VW Gold at europcar located right at penzance station. it was a manual car. the automatic cost like 2x more!

we booked the car from rental cars.com which is like a broker/consolidator. the actual rental company was keddy (euorpcar). we guess keddy is like a second brand for europcar.

the car rental price was not that much different, however the waiver of excess insurance by rental cars.com was like 1/2 of keddy & europcar. actually we can claim excess from our usual travel insurance, but usually we just took up the insurance anyway to have less hassle. in this case we found out only at keddy that it does not actually, so it served no purpose to take up the insurance. this was because it was not excess insurance by keddy but by a third party rental cars.com so we would have to pay excess of £1000 & still claim from rentalcars.com. might as well claim from amex.

anyway, journey was smooth & not a scratch. i made sure i took all the photos for record when we returned the car & dropped the key at penzance.^^

c.h.e.f andy

Good Food @ Asia Treasure T3 Lounge, Long 13.5hrs Flight & Long 1.5hrs ride from Heathrow on 7May2015

mee rebus

mee rebus

leaving for heathrow this evening on 7.5.2015. ^^

travelling by SQ economy as the economy fare is only S$300 more than the taxes & fees i have to pay if i redeem business class. doesn’t make sense? keep my miles for later when no cheap economy. 🙂

economy was full on the seat map at time of booking & afterwards (though it turned out not to be so when i boarded, wonder why???). there were hardly any seats left so i had to pay S$84 for a “preferred” seat. it’s A380 & i managed to get the best seat 48D, with 1 empty space (no seat) in front!

energiser smoothie

energiser smoothie

went to the asia treasure lounge at T3.

took the usual berries smoothie, called energiser i think. 🙂

fried carrot cake

fried carrot cake

in the morning they served local food.

the fried carrot cake was excellent very tasty, flavourful, the crispy chilli too. i ordered 1/2 portion.

mee rebus

mee rebus

mee rebus

mee rebus

& the mee rebus was so nice!^^

3 fresh plump sweet prawns, lovely gravy & nice fried tofu cubes, shallots & green chilli. 🙂

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i am one of those who don’t complain about airline food. had a decent poached egg with chicken sausage breakfast. ok, took sausage & 1/2egg, and a good chicken biryani lunch. took 1/2 the rice.

it was a long flight, 13hrs 30mins, touched down & at the gate at heathrow T2 3.40pm. son booked a cab for me 45mins after arrival, which was very good timing. i had 1 piece of check-in luggage & was out at arrival hall 4.20pm.

the journey to london was tedious, took a full 1.5hrs to the apartment near king’s cross. cab went via hyde park, huge jam, divert through piccadilly & just as jam all the way. wonders? today 7.5.2015 UK election day, thought traffic would be lighter.

c.h.e.f andy