Sunday, August 24, 2008

24th August 2008; Mousehole and Pendeen

Mousehole is always a spot where parking is difficult, but since it is Sunday and we get there early we hoped to get lucky and find a place on the harbour, but it wasn't to be.
However on the run into the village I did spot a carpark at the cliff top that wasn't very busy, so as we left Mousehole, I doubled back via Paul and dropped back down into the viallge centre.
It turned out that the walk wasn't too bad and we were soon down on the harbour, where I took three shots to make this panorama.
We had a very nice rum and Raisin flavoured ice cream, and walking through the narrow streets spotted this young lady stroking an elderly cat that seemed quite happy to let her!
We wandered in and out of the colourful and quaint winding little streets enjoying the views and then came out onto the end of the harbour where there is a little beach
And photographed the view looking back past the beached rowing boat to the closed end of the harbour, and as we walked out along the harbour wall, we saw wet suited children ignoring the danger notice and jumping into the harbour mouth.
Once at the end I caught sight of this rather evocative schooner sailing beyond the distant rocks and couldn't resist it!
All too soon it was time to move on, and on the road out I took a couple of quick long telephoto zoom lens shots of distant Penzance and St Michael's mount.
What to do next? since further walking wasnt a good idea for Pat we went across country and stopped at Chapel Carn Brea (the most westerly hill in England) I made the long walk to the summit hile Pat devoured a magazine in the car.
A can be seen from this group I wasn't the only one to think it was hard work!
The views from the top were superb, though there was quite a bit of distant mist obscuring some details. Our final destination was Pendeen lighthouse, and we parked up and had a cuppa while I did a bit of legwork.
The cliff scenery here is superb, and in the distance you could see the chimneys of the Levant mine, where the only beam engine still working under steam in cornwall operates

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