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Land's End

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Land's End

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Land's End is the most southwesterly point in Britain and part of Cornwall in the South West. It is not a town or village but rather a former small holding that now has a visitor complex with a hotel and visitor attractions. It is known for being the starting/ending point for the Land's End to John O'Groat's journey.

Understand[edit]

Britains most southwesterly point
Sea arch
Coastline East of Lands End

Land's End represents both the starting and ending points of the longest journey in Great Britain, Land's End to John O'Groats. Consequently, it is known as "The First and Last" from its position at the extremity of the UK. It is an atmospheric, dramatic piece of coastline steeped in history and romance.

Get in[edit]

If you go there by car, be prepared to spend £5.00 for the parking area. If you want to avoid the parking fee to the complex, you can walk from further afield.

Alternatively, you can park your car in Sennen Cove, close to Land's End and walk from there, enjoying the walk along the coast path.

There is also a regular bus schedule from Penzance (one bus hourly except on Sundays: schedules may vary in winter). Buses depart from the central bus station in Penzance.

Local tour operators in Penzance offer tours covering the whole peninsula, including Land's End.

Get around[edit]

The whole area can be easily accessed on foot. Take care with clothing because Land's End can be a rough, windy place from its exposed location and proximity to the Atlantic Ocean.

Land's End Airport[edit]

Close to Land's End itself, the airport enjoys a spectacular setting. Overlooking the dramatic Cornish coast, it offers a welcome relief to the bustle of ‘up-country’ life.

Within the immediate vicinity are several tourist attractions, scenic walks and plentiful accommodation. The South West Coastal Footpath is adjacent to the airport and leads to many stunning beaches, including Sennen Cove and Porthcurno.

The airport offers a great range of activities including scenic flights, banner towing, aerial photography, pilot teaining, trial lessons, a flying school and Skybus flights to the Isles of Scilly. [1]

Do[edit]

  • There is a complex of attractions on the site. A professional photographer takes photos of you in front of the signpost showing your hometown's distance (see photo above). He will charge you around £10 for the photos. There is a fence around the signpost, but you can take your own photo of standing in front of the fence.
  • Walk on the clifftop to Sennen Cove and enjoy the spectacular sea views.
  • Walk east along the coast to the first promontory. The sea arch is visible along with the extraordinary rock formations in this area (weathered granite). The coast path continues on to Porthgwarra, past various coves, many caves, another sea arch and possibly some of the most dramatic coastline in the entire UK. An extended walk will reach Porthcurno, where there is a bus service.

Buy[edit]

The complex has various souvenir shops offering a wide range of souvenirs, but most of them areoverpriced.

Eat[edit]

Land's End Hotel has a restaurant area open to non-residents as well.

Drink[edit]

  • There is a bar at the Land's End Hotel.

Sleep[edit]

  • Land's End Hotel, Phone: 01736 871844, [2]. Located 1 min way from the signpost itself. Room fares range £40-90 depending on the time of year and type of room. Breakfast is included.
  • Whitesand backpackers - cool hostel in Sennen about 2 mi up the A30 from Land's End. Rooms and dorms. Good food, plus licenced bar.

Stay safe[edit]

Get out[edit]

If you wanted to see dramatic piece of unspoilt coastline, go 20 mi along the coast to Lizard Point, Britain's most southerly point. The natural scenery is just as good (if not better), there is a great atmosphere, no entrance fee, with not too many people around. Lizard village has a couple of shops and pubs. Also consider Cape Cornwall, 5 mi to the north, once thought to be the most westerly point, but modern maps proved this wrong!




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