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Englands most southwesterly point

Land's End is the most Southwesterly point in England and part of Cornwall in the West Country.

Understand

Land's End's main 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", due to its position at the extremity of the Country. It is an atmospheric, dramatic piece of coastline steeped in history and romance.

Get in

If you go there by car, be prepared to spend 2 pounds for the parking area.

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 between Penzance and Land's End. (one bus hourly, except on Sundays, schedules may vary in winter) Buser 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

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

Land's End Airport

Situated close to Land's End itself, the Airport enjoys a spectacular setting. Overlooking the dramatic Cornish coast offering 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. Land's End Airport offers a great range of activities including: Scenic Flights, Banner Towing, Aerial Photography, Pilot Training, Trial Lessons, and Flying School and Skybus flights to the Isles of Scilly. [1].

See

If you just want to see the coast, you can avoid the entrance fee to the theme park by walking around the outside of the park, but when you get to the coast it's all a bit of a let-down with all the fairground rides so nearby.

Do

  • There is a tacky theme park 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 5 pounds for the photos. Unfortunately you can't do photos on your own, since the signpost is surrounded by a small fence, preventing you from getting too close.
  • Go to John O'Groats! The Land's End to John O'Groats, (or Vice Versa) journey has been undertaken by many individuals as a personal challenge, and to raise funds for good causes. It is often undertaken on foot or by bicycle to raise funds. Ian Botham the former England Cricketer popularised the journey in recent years when raising funds for charity.
  • Walk to Sennen Cove. Those not wishing to walk the length of Great Britain, may alternatively prefer a walk on the clifftop to Seenen Cove and enjoy the spectacular sea views.

Buy

The theme park has various souvenir shops offering a wide range of souvenirs. Although its all overpriced chinese-made tat. I'd save your money if I was you.

Eat

Land's End Hotel has a restaurant area which is open to non-residents as well. (see below)

Drink

Sleep

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

Get out

If you wanted to see dramatic piece of unspoilt coastline, go 20 miles along the coast to Lizard Point, England's most SOUTHERLY point. The natural scenery is just as good (if not better), there's a great atmosphere, no entrance fee, and not too many people around. Lizard village has a couple of shops and pubs.




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