Our Cornwall road trip had already taken us to some great places, today we were visiting Lands End.
There is plenty of managed parking available at Lands End. As we approached the staffed pay point for parking we were greeted by a helpful staff member. Having paid the parking fee he gave us some tourist literature and directed us where best to park. It was late afternoon and wasn’t very busy so he pointed us to where the coaches would normally park. We were close to the entrance and had the area to ourselves.
What we did
Land’s End is mainland Britain’s most south-westerly point and one of the country’s famous landmarks. Lands End has been private land since 1066, kept open for the public to enjoy.
Tourists have been coming to Lands End for over three hundred years. It wasn’t until the 1980’s and 1990’s that it developed it’s facilities into the tourist attraction it is today.
Lands End today is the site of a hotel, Souvenir gift shops, food and drink outlets. It’s almost like a microscopic theme park. An interesting place nonetheless.
Picture at the famous sign
We headed for the iconic sign, after all it has to be one of the key reasons for you to go to Lands End.
Apparently the sign was created in the 1950’s when a local family-run business erected this now legendary Cornish icon.
It’s still run as a commercial enterprise and the sign itself is roped off. To have your photograph taken at the sign will cost you around £10. You’re still able to take a decent photo though from the point of the ropes so don’t be too disheartened.
Bench seat looking out to the ocean
After posing with the sign and having a look in the gift shop, we went and sat on a bench looking out over the ocean. This was an amazing view and I know I’ve said it more than once about the places we’ve visited in Cornwall, you can’t help but sit and admire the sheer natural beauty of the world.
From the 200 foot high granite cliffs that rise out of the Atlantic Ocean you can gaze across to the Longships Lighthouse 1½ miles out to sea or the Isles of Scilly 28 miles away and beyond that lies North America, although I must admit it’s stretching it a bit thin to suggest you can see that on a good day.
This is one of the few places where I could sit and spend time, just looking at the view for any length of time, without tiring of what I’m seeing.
The magnificent scenery, the grandness of the cliffs, the blue sky, the crashing waves, the ocean and what’s beyond. A place of context.Motorhome Monkey
Motorhome Monkey Thoughts
Lands End may to some appear commercialised and it is. But don’t let this distract from the natural beauty and magnificent views that this place has to offer. In essence you only have to pay for the parking and anything else is purely optional. So look at it from this perspective, there are decent facilities that allow you to relax and enjoy your visit that otherwise wouldn’t be there. It’s up to you if you use them.
Where we stayed
Check out the places we stayed whilst visiting Watergate Bay ; The Engine Inn ; Treverven Touring Caravan & Camping Site