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June 26, 2007

Proper Job

We were lucky, I think. With all the wet weather in the last few weeks we managed to go to Cornwall for a few days and got sun-burnt. I know… we should have worn sun-block… but would you have when you set out for a walk along some cliffs and the weather was gray with drizzle in the air?

The late Easter this year meant that we got away the week before the 3/4th year exam board so after leaving Brum around 8:30am we were on the beach at Trevaunance Cove by 12:40. To be more specific, we were in The Driftwood Spars Inn and I was on the first of a number of pints of Proper Job.

We dragged ourselves away eventually and walked over the cliffs to Chapel Porth and back. Main points of interest are the fantastic views from St. Agnes Head, the derelict mine building and the Hedgehog ice cream on sale at Chapel Porth ( Ice cream covered with clotted cream dipped in roasted hazlenuts – a Zillion calories). Apparently this is also an excellent surfing beach – though a little narrow and it looked likely to be a bit congested.

In the evening we went back to the Driftwood for a bite to eat and some more refreshments. Overall, not a bad day with broken cloud, sunny spells and thankfully no rain. This could not be said for Thursday which started rainy and carried on that way all day. We sought refuge on the South coast – visiting Falmouth (probably best seen on a sunny day, if at all) and Coverack – by now you’ll probably guess – we stopped at a pub for lunch – the Paris Hotel and pint of Doom.

This hotel was named after the SS Paris which ran aground there in 1899.

There’s a wonderful model of the ship in the bar – a really elegant ship. She was a Blue Riband winner and served in the US Navy as the USS Yale.
SS City of Paris  later SS Paris & USS Yale

We then returned to St. Agnes did a walk around the rocks at low tide, leading eventually back to…....
.............. the Driftwood Spars of course, silly!

Kynance CoveFriday was The Lizard and we got Fried. Whilst the rest of the country and those sodden sots in Glastonbury got wet we lazed around on the cliffs, on the rocks and on the beach at Kynance Cove; read our books and had tea and cake at the beach cafe. The Cornwall air ambulance then provided the entertainment as it flew in and eventually managed to land on a small patch of sand with the back of its skid still in the sea. The pilot’s skill was excellent but I am still not sure if it was the wise thing to do: one small mistake, a blade tip catching a rock and there could’ve been shredded holidaymakers everywhere. I thought at first it was some kind of exercise but in fact it looked as if a swimmer had broken their arm – dashed onto the rocks most like – and probably swallowed half the Atlantic.

We were lucky and there was space at the new B&B accomodation at
The Top House in the Lizard, very nice rooms, good food and good beer; recently taken over by two ladies from Cambridgeshire who fell in love with the area and had the guts to act on it. It was a bit out of season but even so the restaurant and bar were very busy with a mix of tourists and locals – always good to see. Their website isn’t ready yet but here’s the link.

On our last day, Saturday, we drenched oursleves in sun block and, you guessed it, the sun didn’t come out for more than 30 minutes full-on. Oh well, we did a short walk over the cliifs to Gunwalloe and then had a long lunch, excellent food at the quite unexpected Halzephron Inn. We just saw it as a PH on the map (SW657224) only to find one of the most historic inns in Cornwall and it was here that I had my first pint of Tribute of the week (well not quite: I had one ‘up the road’ on Tuesday lunchtime) ... but the food WOW! I had the three cheese platter with a fantastic apple and cinnamon chutney, its really popular so get there early or book in advance.

We walked back to the car via Mulliion, said goodbye to the beach at 5:15pm and were back in Brum before 10 (and before you say it Chris, It was 300miles in 280minutes – an average of less than 70mph).

All in all a Proper Job
 Proper Job - that

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