Take a fresh look at Land's End
PUBLISHED: 13:43 19 September 2013 | UPDATED: 13:54 19 September 2013
Famous for its photo-op signpost and family visitor centre, it's easy to forget the most south-westerly point of mainland Britain, sits in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty home to an array of fantastic inhabitants. Carol Burns takes a walk on the wild side at Land's End
Land’s End stands two hundred feet above the Atlantic Ocean, its spectacular granite cliffs carved out by the waves. The incredible ocean views on offer are perhaps best enjoyed from the coastal path that runs alongside it in both directions.
And this year, Pedn an Wlas, to give it its Cornish name, has more to do than ever before – with a new list of 50 things to do for adults and one for children, you may never leave.
The facts trip off the tongue for this incredible place: Land’s End sits 838 miles (1,349 km) by road from its most easterly counterpart John O’Groats and is one of Cornwall’s most popular attractions and there are plenty of well-known things to do there: visitors head to the famous Land’s End signpost – were you can insert their home town and the distance to it before having it captured on film and new for 2013 is the 4D 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, cinema showing re-telling the classic tale. But now you can discover new things to do with the specially created list of ideas to inspire adults and children: Adults can watch the sun set over the Longships Lighthouse, watch out for marine mammals at the first and last point or ‘blow out the cobwebs’ braving the 20-25 knot wind levels during the winter. While children can hunt for a Cornish ‘pisky’, Explore the mirror maze inside ‘Arthur’s Quest’, listen out for foghorns on foggy days and visit Eddie Williams, the craft-worker, at Greeb Farm and ask him to tell you some Cornish stories.
Our top pick of the top 50 things for adults
Visit ‘Taste of the West’ to buy and sample every flavour of Cornish Fudge
Visit ‘The Pantry’ to buy and eat a traditional Cornish pasty made by Warren’s Bakery; the world’s oldest pasty makers
Stay the night at ‘the most south-westerly point of mainland Britain’ and book into the Land’s End Hotel for a short stay
Arrive early to hear the dawn chorus and then join us for breakfast in the Land’s End Restaurant
Come to Land’s End on a misty day to get the “heebie jeebies” and navigate your way around the site in the fog
Go to the First and Last point and look for the remains of the RMS Mülheim which was wrecked at Land’s End in 2003
Wander the Cornish Heathland and when the gorse is in-bloom smell the coconut scent
Surprise somebody and make a phone-call from the ‘most south-westerly’ telephone boxes in mainland Britain
Visit the RSPB Discovery Centre to find out about the diverse wildlife living on the Land’s End peninsula
Look for signs of ‘The Lost Land of Lyonesse’ in the waters surrounding Land’s End; ask the Land’s End staff to tell you the legend.
Walk the ground around Greeb Farm; a well-trodden space with evidence of human activity dating back to the Mesolithic or ‘Middle Stone Age’ period
Count the many different species of flora to be found in this designated ‘Very Important Plant Area.’
Visit Hotel reception to look in the ‘End-to-End’ book and read about the latest ‘End-to-End’ journeys undertaken.
Five things you didn’t know about Land’s End:
Heritage and history: The earliest evidence of human activity at Land’s End comes from a scatter of flint flakes found on the clifftop near Greeb Farm. This material was produced during the manufacture of flint tools at the home base of semi-nomadic people who lived by hunting wild animal, fishing and gathering shellfish and edible plants. This camp comes from a period known as the Mesolithic or ‘Middle Stone Age’ and dates to between 8000 and 3000 BC.
Natural world: Land’s End is a designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Land’s End is among just 46 parts of Britain designated as so. This recognition of its importance is underlined by its designation as an Important Plant Area by the Plantlife charity, designed to protect and campaign on behalf of our native flora and fauna. Cornwall Wildlife Trust
Literature and art: Inspiring writers such as Wilkie Collins and Rosamunde Pilcher as well as the work of painters such as JWM Turner and Kurt Jackson, Land’s End continues to inspire into the 21st century. Its 200ft cliffs and general untamed beauty makes it a perfect spot for en plein air (outdoor landscape painting).
Wildlife: You can spot nine different marine mammals from the headland: including seals, dolphins and Basking Sharks.
Geography: Below Greeb Farm stands the dramatically arched rock of Enys Dodman. There are also the intriguingly named Longships, a group of rocky islets a mile offshore and home to the Longships Lighthouse, which was first lit in 1873. Beautiful at any time of year, caution is required especially in winter when wind levels can reach around 20-25 knots, making it one of the windiest places in England.
Sennen, Cornwall, TR19 7AA