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After having to cancel a trip to Central Asia I opted to stay closer to home, spending a few days in beautiful sunny Cornwall - October 2015.


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eng5129On the opposite side of the bay from Penzance is the amazingly situated St Michael's Mount


eng5132At high tide St Michael's Mount is cut off from the mainland, while at low tide the causeway is revealed (pictured)


eng5138Take the very cute amphibious bus at high tide - St Michael's Mount














eng5142Benedictine monks provide the historical link between St Michael's Mount and its namesake Mont St Michel in Normandy, northern France













eng5143The beach at Marazion, opposite St Michael's Mount


eng5146The small town of Marazion has several art galleries to add to its wide sweep of sand


eng5124A distant look from Penzance across the bay to St Michael's Mount














eng5153The harbour at Penzance, terminus of the trainline from London














eng5162This cheeky rascal lies on top of the Admiral Benbow pub on Chapel Street - Penzance


eng5155Jubilee Pool, an outdoor lido, was closed in 2015 for repairs following storm damage. Opening soon! Penzance


eng5156A calm and shimmering English Channel at Battery Rocks - Penzance














eng5167If you're heading for Penlee House, pop in to nearby Morrab Gardens on the way - Penzance














eng5168Love it! A great way to welcome visitors - Penzance


eng5170Penlee House is a museum and art gallery, with many paintings from the Newlyn School - Penzance


eng5159Newlyn itself is a village adjacent to Penzance. And as you'd expect from the creators of the Newlyn School, it has plenty of art galleries














eng5176The bus to Land's End takes a circuitous route from Penzance, but this beach at Sennen Cove is worth checking out


eng5182Land's End is the traditional start of charity cycle rides and walks spanning the extremities of mainland Britain, from Land's End in south west England to John O'Groats in north east Scotland (aka LE JOG). Only 874 miles to go!













eng5179The building on the left is known as The First and Last Refreshment House - Land's End















The magnificent rugged coastline is a common sight in Cornwall - Land's End


eng5178A tourist complex hosts a museum, restaurant, cafes, souvenir shops and a hotel - Land's End


eng5201A few miles south east of Land's End at Porthcurno, the Minack Theatre really does have a stunning setting













eng5207The open-air theatre was built in the 1930s by Rowena Cade, with various upgrades and extensions since - Minack Theatre














eng5205Performances are staged in the summer months. So if you're lucky enough to visit between May and September, bring a cushion and warm clothes and sit on the engraved seats - Minack Theatre


eng5209Minack Theatre overlooks Porthcurno beach


eng5210A lone boat in the English Channel at Porthcurno














The gorgeous Porthcurno coastline below Minack Theatre


eng5223If you're on foot, take the very steep trail down from Minack Theatre to the beach at Porthcurno


eng5226The bus from Porthcurno to Penzance passed one of several ancient stone circles in Cornwall. I think this one is the Merry Maidens, dating back to somewhere between 2,500 and 1,500BC













eng5227Just south of Penzance is the village of Mousehole


eng5228The harbour is attractive in high water and with the sun shining, though there's not much to do - Mousehole


eng5230This souvenir shop-cum-gallery became even more popular when it featured on TV in a British bank advert - Mousehole













eng5235Less than an hour north of Penzance and definitely worth a visit is St Ives, with its cobbled pedestrian streets and excellent beaches, including Carbis Bay on the town's outskirts


eng5239Look north east across St Ives Bay to Godrevy Lighthouse - St Ives


eng5244 Walk the trail hugging the coast towards St Ives and you'll come to another lovely stretch of sand at Porthminster Beach













eng5241 St Ives comes into view from the path above Porthminster Beach













eng5287The bus station provides a good panorama of St Ives


eng5292The picture postcard town of St Ives, overlooked by the Chapel of St Nicholas, top left


eng5257The harbour's receding waters earlier in the day - St Ives













eng5248Boutique shops, galleries, cafes and restaurants line the cobbled streets away from the waterfront - St Ives













eng5262It was sunbathing weather at the end of October, lovely and warm! St Ives


eng5264Beached boats in the harbour, with Porthminster Beach behind - St Ives



A panoramic view of St Ives harbour


eng5267Everywhere in Cornwall seems to have a lone boat in a shimmering sea.. St Ives













eng5268Colourful beach huts on Porthgwidden Beach. On top of 'Island' is the Chapel of St Nicholas - St Ives














eng5274Walk up to the chapel and check out yet another beach, Porthmeor Beach - St Ives


eng5276Zip up the wetsuit and take to Porthmeor, a surfing beach - St Ives


eng5281 Are these lobster pots at the harbour? St Ives















eng5316The town centre of Newquay is nothing special but it's buzzing at night and the coastline is superb


eng5305There's several beaches spread around town, this one being Tolcarne Beach - Newquay


eng5296B A great form of free advertising - Newquay














eng5298The cliff-edged Tolcarne Beach - Newquay















eng5299The jagged coastline and wide stretches of sand throughout Cornwall are a great draw - Tolcarne Beach, Newquay


eng5300Dozing in front of the beach chalets at Tolcarne Beach - Newquay



Next to Tolcarne is Great Western Beach - Newquay


eng5306Dog walkers, joggers, couples and families take advantage of low tide at Great Western Beach, leading to Towan Beach - Newquay













eng5313A Great Western Beach cave forms a natural frame, looking towards the harbour and Towan Head - Newquay














eng5318aThe final beach in the cluster of three is Towan Beach, now with the tide coming in. Great Western Beach is behind and just in shot is Tolcarne Beach - Newquay


eng5326Towan Beach's 'House in the Sea' is linked to the mainland by a bridge (visible top right), though unfortunately it's an off limits private residence - Newquay


eng5324A Sunday morning surf at Towan Beach should shake off a hangover - Newquay














eng5332The harbour is a cute little area with its own beach. The veranda of a hotel cafe is an ideal spot to take it in - Newquay













eng5335A World War memorial stands above Tolcarne Head, the peninsula north of town - Newquay


eng5339Fistral Beach is Cornwall and England's surfing capital - Newquay


eng5344A surfing competition was underway at Fistral Beach. Pity there were no waves! Newquay













eng5349 Further east of town, past Tolcarne Beach, is Lusty Glaze Beach, complete with beach huts and a bar-restaurant - Newquay














eng5350Keep heading east and you'll come to Porth Beach - Newquay


eng5351Not a great photo from the bus but this is Watergate Bay, the second beach after Porth and home to a Jamie Oliver restaurant. There's even more beaches west of Newquay - take your pick!


eng5359Padstow is a coastal town only 14 miles north east of Newquay, but a tedious 75mins by bus!













eng5353Celebrity chef Rick Stein has several restaurants here, bringing it the nickname 'Padstein' - Padstow













eng5358On the opposite side of the Camel River is Rock, reached by the Padstow-Rock ferry


eng5376Truro is the capital of Cornwall, an inland city with a population of only 18,000














eng5360The city is dominated by Truro Cathedral - Truro













eng5365The cathedral was completed in 1910 - Truro


eng5375Georgian architecture at Walsingham Place - Truro


eng5371Lemon Street Market has boutique shops, restaurants (with gluten-free cakes!) and an art gallery - Truro














eng5367Though Truro is an inland capital, it's connected by the Truro River to Falmouth on the south coast













eng5408The Truro River feeds the Fal River which flows into the English Channel at Falmouth


eng5383The National Maritime Museum forms part of a harbour complex with plenty of cafes and restaurants - Falmouth


eng5387The centre of Falmouth is awash with shops and seafront pubs and restaurants












eng5388Overlooking Falmouth at the bay entrance is Pendennis Castle, built by King Henry VIII in the 16th century - Falmouth













eng5390Over the years Pendennis Castle was the subject of modifications and extensions. Here the 19th century One Gun Battery sits in front of Henry VIII's fort. The mound to the left of the fort is a WWII observation post with shelter to house the battery gunners - Falmouth


eng5403Two boats on a shimmering sea! Again - Falmouth


eng5412A lovely little trip is a boat ride along the Fal and Truro rivers from Falmouth to Truro













eng5415The Trelissick Garden pier on the Fal River - Falmouth to Truro














eng5417It's a picturesque 1hr30min ride, though it's only possible to go all the way to Truro at high tide - Falmouth to Truro


eng5419Enterprise Boats run a schedule from March to October - Falmouth to Truro


eng5421Coming up to Malpas on the Truro River















eng5424Arriving in Malpas, where at low tide a bus picks up passengers for Truro














eng5428The world-famous Eden Project, a few kms from St Austell, is an eco-friendly attraction known principally for its two huge biomes (there's also an outdoor, uncovered biome)


eng5430The temperature inside the rainforest biome is in the 20s and humidity is high. It's home to hundreds (thousands?) of plant species as well as a little wildlife, with the aim of educating and encouraging a more environmental approach to life - Eden Project


eng5438Take the canopy walkway to the top of the biome and gaze down on the rainforest. It certainly makes you realise how massive the eco-domes are - Eden Project













eng5437A visitor stands at the base of the waterfall in the rainforest biome - Eden Project














eng5441The adjacent Mediterranean biome is a lighter, more relaxed affair covering the Mediterranean, South Africa and California - Eden Project




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