Monday, 24 August 2015

St Agnes Head and Padstow

A somewhat historical account of a long weekend in Cornwall at the beginning of July

Day Three (Saturday)  

Close to where we stayed overnight in Four Lanes we stumbled across the Marriott’s Shaft complex at South Wheal Frances.

This is one of Cornwall’s most substantial, groups of mining remains. It was built for Basset Mines Ltd to exploit tin from the Great Flat Lode. Set in open countryside, the surviving buildings are striking and remarkably intact.

We then visited the west coast at St Agnes Head visiting the Look Out Station.

Next a brief stop in Perranporth to get Cornish fudge/biscuits etc. Just below the carpark was the Millenium Sundial on Droskyn Point which overlooks Perranporth beach. The Sundial was designed by Stuart Thorn

 ...and so to Padstow.

We went for a walk down the Estuary in the evening 

 Gun Point, South West Coastal Path, near Padstow. The origin's date back to the Spanish Armada; it appears as a gunpost upon maps from as early as 1801. It was re-fortified for the 2nd World War.

Back in Padstow we watched a parade of steam engines... 

  ...before going out to Harlyn Bay to watch the sunset. 

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