Zennor and Lizard; Finding Cornwall (18-52)

Day 10, Saturday, May 5, 2018

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Part 1, Zennor

We drove from Fowey to the north coast of Cornwall again, to the village of Zennor, west of St Ives. We walked along the Southwest Coast Path, down one canyon, across the stream, and up the next bluff. The great views were limited by cloud cover, though we enjoyed seeing the flowers and a waterfall.

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Foggy views

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Crossing the stream

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Pendour Cove

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Foggy lunch spot

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Flowers on the path back to Zennor.

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Giant Gunnera manicata – a Brazilian plant brought to the UK in the 1860s.

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Red campion and scilla

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Rock stile

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Primroses

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St Senara’s Church, Zennor

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Our walk

We were disappointed about the cloud clover, as this is supposed to be a particularly spectacular coastline.

Part 2, Lizard

On a tip from other hikers we cut our Zennor hike short and drove to Lizard on the south coast and found Cornwall! Sunny blue skies, craggy cliffs, wildflowers, sparkling seas. Lizard is the southernmost point of the mainland of Great Britain, and is a popular tourist location, with cafes, small shops, and a lighthouse. We enjoyed the sun and the views as we walked along the cliffside paths.

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We walked cliffside paths to the west, then east of Lizard Point.

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Cornwall! First view of the flowering cliffs west of Lizard Point.

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Flowering hedgerows and cows just above the cliffs

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The old life boat station at Lizard Point

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Steep flowered cliffs

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Cliffs and ocean views

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Garden path through Pistil Meadow

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Shingled cove

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Cliffs to the west

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Looking toward Pentreath and Kynance

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Holsear Cove

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Lizard Lighthouse in the middle distance

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After walking along the cliffs to the west, we returned to Lizard Point and looked at the old life boat station in Polpeor Cove.

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Polpeor Cove with lifeboat station; Lizard Lighthouse in the distance

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We continued walking east toward the lighthouse above Poltream Cove

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Lizard Lighthouse

Looking back at Lizard Point.

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The trail turned north to take in views to the east across Housel Bay.

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Across the bay is a house where Marconi set up one of the first wireless telegraph (radio) stations in 1900, transmitting signals to the Isle of Wight, 180 miles away.

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Red campion

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I found a bench here and just sat for a while, admiring all the colors of the ocean water: purple – indigo – turquoise – teal – marine – navy – chartreuse.

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This is a place I hope to return to someday.

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