After an absolutely diabolic start to our journey, we made it down to Cornwall. The first attempt saw us make it past Exeter, over 2/3 of the total journey before breaking down.  The gear lever universal ball joint managed to simply fall off on the M5 so we had to be towed all the way back to Hampshire because a part couldn’t be sourced in the West country.  Five frustrating days later we set off again having avoided all of the beautiful weather and just in time to camp in the thunderstorms!
Nevertheless we made it to the beautiful town of Marazion, right in the southern tip of south Cornwall, home to St Michael’s Mount. The island is accessible by day when it is connected to the mainland by a footpath.  We camped at the Wheal Rodney campsite, which at £20 per night in high season is well worth it.  Its quite a small site but has loads of room per pitch, and a great indoor swimming pool. The facilities are immaculate and the staff are so friendly, so its well worth staying here if you’re in town.
DSC_0325Sadly it was horrific weather when we headed down to Porthcurno, but the beaches were absolutely phenomenal, the turquoise water would fool you into believing you were in the South of France.  We had hours of fun playing with jellyfish before hiking back up to explore the Minack Theatre. Rowena Cade really was a cool old bird. We had a stupendous afternoon tea of sweet and savoury scones and wandered down to Lands End.
After a day exploring what Saint Ives had to offer (mostly art galleries and postcard writing in our case), we went surfing in the most torrential rains imaginable with Chris and Steve from Global Boarders in Gwithian. Seb nailed the surfing as the only male student with a huge harem of female surfers, we even got to see some seals. It was an exhausting two hours but well worth the effort.
DSC_0347We finally managed to score some sunshine in the beautiful barely accessible Lizard, truly one of the most beautiful beaches I have ever been to in my life.  The weather held out as long as the tide that nearly swallowed us. So we headed into Penzance for the evening to watch a film in a gorgeous old picture house.  We saw the World’s End, which in my opinion wasn’t a patch on its predecessors in the trilogy as I fell asleep, however this is something I do to most films and therefore probably doesn’t bare any reflection on its quality!
We were really sad to leave Cornwall when we had to head up the coast into Dorset for work, but we were so glad we made the effort to get all the way down there to see some of the most beautiful coastline that the British Isles has to offer.


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