Friday, May 9, 2014

Visiting the Lizard:the United Kingdom from North to South


The heritage is fascinating to visit.
Yesterday we visited the most southerly lighthouse of the United Kingdom.This area of Cornwall has been know for its shipwrecks. As I listen to the sound of the winds outside, I can easily imagine ships being torn apart by the sea. The Lizard Lighthouse was built to provide assistance to ships in these waters.


Built in the 18th century, this lighthouse can be seen for 25 miles.
There is only one lightbulb.
We started our day with a visit to the Heritage Centre where we learned how the lighthouse works. We were able to go inside and learn about the technology past and present.
a day of mizzle
After the lighthouse visit, I left the group. They were walking the challenging coastal path but my lower back is acting up a little. I chose to explore hedgerows and walking paths alone. The benches along the path are ideal spots for a solitary picnic lunch.
wild garlic

I continued toward the Village of Lizard. It seems the sort of village where Doc Martin would live.

Lizard in the mist
The path is well-marked.
Lizard Village was so quaint that I felt as though I had stepped into a story book. (Fancy that!!!!)
I haven't had a cream tea.

I made a short stop to visit the most southerly public house on the British Mainland, The Witch's Ball.
15th century free house
I wonder if pirates, tin miners or Poldark drank here.
I had a Tribute Cornish ale and finished reading my book.

There are many lovely cottages in Lizard Village.
Cottages
Rural life in Britain is very different from my neighbourhood.
the honour system
I have now travelled from the far north of Shetland to the most southerly point of the British mainland. Except for my time in London and in Edinburgh, my time has been spent in smaller cities and towns. I have family connections in some of the places that I have visited and have felt very much at home wherever I have been.

Tomorrow we will be travelling by train to Newton Abbott in Devon for three more days of walking. I've read a little about the area but there are always surprises. One last adventure before London and home at the end of next week!!!!










4 comments:

  1. What a wonderful journey you're making -- I've dreamed of visiting Cornwall and really need to move that higher up on my list . . . thanks for the preview!

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    1. You would enjoy the natural beauty and the charm of this area. There are so many holiday let cottages and public paths that make Cornwall a lovely place to visit.

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  2. Those historic buildings have such charm....you must be living a dream holiday.
    Everywhere that you go looks so beautiful....

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    1. Every spot that I have visited has been wonderful with scenery, charm and really friendly people.
      I couldn't have imagined so many lovely places. I have met so many British people who love Vancouver Island and many who have family there. The Scots love the Gulf Islands and the English Victoria. Ironically, the British don't celebrate Victoria Day which always seems to me to be the unofficial beginning of summer. Have a happy Mother's Day!

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