End of the Earth at Land’s End – Cornwall

From End to End – John O’Groats to Land’s End :

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Land's End, Cornwall

Having made it to John O’Groats, the northern-most town in the U.K., we felt challenged to visit Land’s End, the western-most point on the English mainland. The Cornish name Pen an Wlas means ‘end of the earth’ and we wanted to stand at the end of the earth and see what it’s really like.

When we mentioned our intention to drive to Land’s End, our guest house host didn’t seem too enthusiastic. It seems that Land’s End is now a theme park and he didn’t think we would miss much if we didn’t make it there.

As we were in St. Ives, we could not resist visiting mainland England’s most westerly point. After all, it is famous for its location and stunning coastal scenery.

On arriving at the car park at Land’s End, we immediately understood the theme park warning. A big gateway welcomes visitors to Land’s End and all its attractions. Fortunately, it’s 5 p.m. and the fun park is shut and the only people left in the area are those who have come to enjoy the stunning Land’s End scenery and the beautiful coastline that Cornwall is famous for.

A popular thing to do is to have your photo taken at the signpost which shows distances from Land’s End. Unfortunately, the signpost is privately owned so you can’t go and pose with your own camera. Should you decide to buy a photo souvenir, you can even have your hometown included on the signpost.

A short walk in either direction along the coastal path from the main complex offers fantastic ocean views as far as the eye can see, including many interesting and unusual rock formations just off shore.

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First and Last House - Land's End

Walking down the path we reach the First and Last House which was the first building built on the site.  Snacks and refreshments are available here, but it was shut when we arrived.

“End to End” is a free attraction at the main complex which details the amazing stories of those who have made the intrepid journey from Land’s End to John O’Groats or vice versa. This exhibition is devoted to those who have completed the journey from Land’s End to John O’Groats, or vice versa, which has come to be known as doing an “End to End’.

The many who have undertaken this challenge have done so in a variety of ways, from the serious athlete looking to break a record, to those who do it for charity in the most wacky way possible. I suppose we could count ourselves as End to Enders, although we’ve done it in a very comfortable way.

If you’re looking to enjoy a holiday in Cornwall with spectacular views, the Victorian heritage Land’s End Hotel has 32 en-suite rooms.

And for those travelling with children, Land’s End theme park offers 5 attractions for kids such as Air Sea Rescue, Greeb Farm where children can meet animals at a 200-year old Cornish farmstead, get up close to Doctor Who, etc.   At the West Country Shopping Village are  gifts and souvenirs for sale.

Getting there:

Getting to Land’s End is quite easy. Once out of St. Ives, we followed the B3306/A30 travelling southwards. The distance to Land’s End is not huge, but stretches of the road are very narrow and you do need to concentrate and look out for on-coming vehicles in the windy narrow country roads. The high hedges also make it impossible to always see what’s coming around the bend.

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  1. avatarThomas Murray says

    Scotland.
    56° 24’ 30.5” north.

    The westernmost point of the UK is Rockall. Excluding Rockall, it is Gob a’ Ghaill, Soay, St Kilda, Western Isles. On the mainland it is Corrachadh Mor, Ardnamurchan at approximately ETRS89 6 degrees 13 minutes 40.59731 seconds West. Land’s End is at approximately ETRS89 5 degrees 43 minutes 01.55270 seconds west. In longitude at the latitude of Land’s End, Corrachadh Mor is approximately 36.566 kilometres or 22.721 miles further west than Land’s End. The Isles of Scilly are further west than Land’s End. Therefore Land’s End is the westernmost point of mainland England.

    Thomas Murray.

    • avatarTony Page says

      Yes, Thomas is right, we should have said mainland England! BTW, congratulations, Thomas, on your perseverance, I noticed a post in Google you made on another blog in 2005 stressing the same point – one day we’ll all get it right!

      Thanks for your help, now corrected…

      Tony Page

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