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A pre-requisite to enjoy it :the sun ! There are many great paths along the coast but beware it is often narrow.

We can see gulls and jackdaws (not to be confused with choughs, birds of high mountains) flying over cliffs and heather ! We also see digital everywhere...

Gull Jackdaws Digitals

...and palm trees. Well, would you have bet there were palm trees in England ?

St.Michael's mount

As Frenchman I am amazed ! British also have their St.Michael's mount ! The Normans founded there a monastery after their conquest of England in 1066. Here too, there is tide, and the similarity to the St.Michael's mount of Normandy had not eluded them. Henry VIII replaced the abbey by a fortress. In 1659, after being purchased by a Lord it became a unusual dwelling. Tours are possible : if high tide, take a boat.

St.Michael's mount

The dining room (adorned with paintings) rather looks like a study room... The Wren Library is worth seeing but it was closed during my visit.

Land's end

This is the furthest point west of England with steep cliffs. Stores (you can buy very good toffees or fudges : creamy caramels...) and other attractions are also available. Below, the emblem of Cornwall.

Emblem of Cornwall Cliffs

Minack theatre

Closed to visitors for representation during my visit (not pictured) this Greek styled theatre was set on a cliff side in 1923 and overlooks the sea.

Tropical plants are planted at the entrance and beyond the theater, Portheweno Bay is superb.

Tropical plants Portheweno bay

Cap Lizard

The most interesting place is the cove Kynance. Finally, let's note the houses with thatched roofs, typical of the region.

Cap lizard Thatched house

More visites

We can visit many gardens as Trewithen or Trengwainten garden near Penzance. I didn't see it because of lack of time : it closes early !

Below a dam seen on my way.

West Penwith dam