Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Wednesday 11th May 2011. St Ives and St Michael's Mount

We took the park and ride, which is a bit different from the usual, as it is by train! and whats nice about it is that the line runs along the edge of the Hayle River, which is tidal, so you see boats at their moorings, like these
For once the train windows were pretty clean, and we got some nice views, like this one of Carbis Bay (just next to St Ives)
Here is the view as we arrived in St Abbs
St Ives is primarily a resort, rather than a picturesque fishing village, and sets out to make the most of its great beaches and climate, and yet it does have charm and some history too hidden behind the commercial facade, this pub for instance "The Sloop inn" is actually 13th Century!
In front of the pub there is this superb beach, ideal for young families to bring the kids.
The restaurants on the seafront are very expensive, but the fast food outlets are reasonable, we got freshly backed filled baguettes (mine a large one filled with Coronation Chicken and Salad
£3.75, and Pat had a normal sized one filled with crab and prawn mix plus salad for £3:00, they were will warm and delicious too!
We conrinued our walk along towards the end of the harbour. As you can see, there were only a couple of people on the superb beach.
Despite the warm day the deckchair man was finding trade was a bit on the sparse side!
I felt it was time to turn back, and sure enough by the time we got back up the slope to the railway station, Pat realised she had overdone it a bit and her hips were aching, so I get her back to the caravan for a much needed rest.
later after tea we drove down to the seafront at Marazion as it was low tide and I wanted to walk across the causeway. Pat sensibly elected to read a novel in the car while I sallied forth, and I soon realised that I was the only person on the causeway!
And on the island itself I was still on my own, a very strange feeling indeed, It struck me that to visit on a moonlit night would be, shall we say somewhat atmospheric!
Anyway I wanted to photograph the unique rescue craft, which can best be described as a large amphibious lorry.
It looks ideal for rescues in the shallow water of the bay.
Just by the exit at the start of the causeway was a National Trust Notice about restoration work on the causeway, which test drillings had established that it had been laid straight on the sand with no foundations , so the the Trust is re-laying it on proper foundations but by bit (as it is only uncovered by the tide for four hours at a time, it is now to have a concrete and metal foundation layer like this.
It had been a very good day!

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