If you go to John ‘O Groats you need to go to Lands End don’t you?
Even if you don’t drive from one to the other, the whole 874 miles directly, its still good to have seen both. Problem is Lands End is even more underwhelming than John ‘O Groats. If you want a photo of the famous sign you’re supposed to pay a photographer who puts your name and the date on the sign for a “personal” souvenir- I don’t think so!
But not to worry there are plenty of great things to do nearby. The whole Cornish coast is full of pretty fishing villages and impressive cliffs. Then there’s the famous Cornish clotted cream tea and the moors to explore.
The favourites for us despite the rainy weather were St. Michael’s Mount and the Minack theatre.
The Minack Theatre
The Minack open air theatre is just four miles from Lands End overlooking Porthcurno Bay. The theatre was made in 1930 by Rowena Cade who lived in a house there. Originally the granite was cut by hand and gradually improvements were made. She also made an exotic garden full of succulents and today musicals, dramas and operas are staged on this amazing site.
Saint Michael’s Mount
At low tide it only takes a few minutes to cross the man made granite causeway to the small island with a medieval church and a castle. Its a steep and rugged climb up to the top but worth it. However coming back beware the time they tell you it is safe to start crossing back is unreliable. We got very wet in the middle of the causeway as the water was ankle deep as we came back. We should have got the boat!