Cornwall, England. Seven.

Fowey

Let the locals tell you how to pronounce Fowey.

fowey harbour

Pleasure craft dot the harbour of Fowey.

 

rook with a book fowey

Rook with a Book. Author Daphne du Maurier, who was born in London, lived in Fowey and wrote The Birds, which was adapted by Alfred Hitchcock for a film by the same name in 1963. This piece of art was created by the Thrussells, a father and son team.

the ship inn fowey

The Ship Inn, the oldest pub in Fowey, affords tasty cask ales such as Proper Job.

 

Cornwall, England. Six

Padstow

proper job glass

The pre-eminent brewery, St. Austell, has beer in many places, including in The Custom House.

Padstow Harbour

Padstow Harbour

sand padstow

While the harbour is known for its pleasure craft, it is still a working harbour.

lobster padstow

A huge lobster resides at the Heritage Lobster Hatchery.

The Mariners Rock

The Mariners in Rock is a short ferry ride across the River Camel estuary.

 

Six Hop IPA Rock

Two excellent cask ales for extended sampling at The Mariners.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cornwall, England. Four.

Falmouth

Falmouth hotel

The Falmouth Hotel is noted for its Victorian architecture. The hotel dates from 1865 and overlooks Falmouth Bay.

 

Falmouth ships and camper vans

Falmouth has a very deep harbour where a large number of cargo ships anchor in the bay.  And Falmouth University has rapidly grown, perhaps by students inspired by comedienne Dawn French as its chancellor!?

the seven stars falmouth

The Seven Stars is a Grade II listed pub, having received its initial licence in 1660.

Cornwall, England, Two

Penzance to St. Michael’s Mount

Mount from afar

It was a hot and hazy day when I set off to walk the coastal route from Penzance to St. Michael’s Mount, a distance of five miles.

approach to mount

I finally reached the cobblestone walkway that had been revealed at low tide, steadily making my way on the uneven stones toward St. Michael’s Mount in the distance.

Mount

By the time I finally reached St. Michael’s Mount, the wait to get in was over an hour. My heart sank. I wiped the sweat from my brow and resolved to tour the outer walls of the harbour and the garden.

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Having returned to Marazion, it was finally time to treat myself to a cask ale and lunch at The King’s Arms.

Cornwall, England

I spent most of August 2019 in Cornwall, England. This was my first visit to the county and it delivered panoramic views, great pubs and fine cask ales in abundance. I started in Penzance, and no I did not see a single pirate, just people immensely enjoying the seaside. I have selected a few images to highlight each area of Cornwall that I witnessed. And I did almost four weeks in England with only a carry-on bag, two weeks of clean clothes and the use of hotel washing services. I travelled by airplanes, trains, underground, buses, boats, taxis and on foot.

Penzance

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A view from my hotel room toward St. Michael’s Mount in the distance.

the dock inn

The engaging lady behind the bar at The Dock Inn must have been a huge fan of comedienne Dawn French as she had her down pat, serving up great banter with the regulars and tourists alike.

 

blue sky night

A stunning moonlit evening shot.

black night sky

A few nights later the sky was black and foreboding.

the longboat

The Longboat was reliable for food and cask ale.

the turks head

The Turk’s Head is the oldest pub in Penzance, having associations with pirates over 700 years ago.