Falmouth, England, United Kingdom
Land's End & St Ives
Local Sightseeing, All
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Approximately 7½ Hours
Travel alongside the River Fal, with its tree-lined banks fringing the country road, leading to the market town of Helston. There are peaceful villages and quiet farmland, rural landscapes and flat terrain with occasional views of the coastline.
Along the way, you will stop to take photos of St Michael's Mount. Originally the location of a Benedictine priory, the Mount is the sister house of the famous Mont St Michel in Normandy. It is also one of the most dramatic and famous sites in Britain. Accessible by a causeway at low tide, and otherwise by boat, the dramatic castle on top of the crag dates from the 12th century. During its long history the Mount has been a church, priory, fortress and a private home.
Your destination, the granite mass of Land's End, tumbles into the sea at the end of the Cornish Peninsula -- the farthest point west on the mainland of England. This is now a popular tourist complex and amusement park. Passing through the complex, you'll have time to walk down to the rocky plateau and viewing area atop the 60-foot-high granite cliffs of Land's End. On a clear day, this blustery but majestic headland offers dramatic views of the coastal areas and wind-eroded outcroppings lying just offshore. Photograph the popular signpost that marks the number of miles to New York and other points. You'll have time to browse for souvenirs at the Land's End gift shops.
Notice the sharp contrasts between the spectacular cliffs and granite moorlands at the Land's End peninsula and the softer sub-tropical vegetation of the gardens, the flower-filled lanes and the tranquility of wooded valleys, as you continue inland. You'll cross the Cornish peninsula to the north coast and stunning St Ives -- a world-renowned seaside resort. Your coach parks at the "top" of the town and you'll transfer to a mini-bus for the short downhill ride to the town center. Cornish St Ives combines the rich Celtic character of its picturesque streets, cottages and houses with a hint of Mediterranean Europe in its golden beaches and sparkling seas. Fishing, farming and mining are the industries that have shaped St Ives, with fishing being the dominant force in the heart of the town. In the mid-19th century, there were 400 boats involved in pilchard fishing plus sailing ships with cargoes of coal, tin, copper and stone. St Ives is also, justifiably, famous for its art galleries, studios and craft shops. St Ives has always attracted artists (professional and amateur), and some of international renown gained their inspiration here and worked in studios that are still in use today.
Lunch can be purchased during the tour at your own expense. Bring local currency, as many vendors do not accept credit cards or US dollars.