Land’s End – a photo essay

Land's End, Cornwall

This week’s edition of Cornwall Sunday takes us to the westernmost point on the British mainland: Land’s End – or Penn an Wlas in Cornish. If you’re British you know all about walking from Land’s End to John O’Groats, right? For non-Brits, it means traversing the length of the British mainland – from the southwest to the northeast. It’s a long walk – 1 350 kilometres, or 874 miles.

Land’s End is one of those extreme points to check off an “I’ve been there”-list. Luckily, that isn’t all it is. The dramatic cliffs, the wind and the waves, and the stunning coastal landscape make this a worthwhile stop.

There’s a tourist centre and little theme park on the spot. We were there in early evening, after everything was closed, and had Land’s End all to ourselves. I think we were probably lucky.

Telephone boxes, Land's End, Cornwall Land's End, Cornwall

Land's End, Cornwall

Land's End, Cornwall

Beauty and peril at Land’s End

Land's End, Cornwall

Land's End, Cornwall

Land's End, Cornwall

Land's End, Cornwall

Land's End, Cornwall

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  1. D.J. - The World of Deej 22 April 2012 at 1451 - Reply

    Great shots…sort of reminds me of our “Southern Most Point” in Key West…

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 23 April 2012 at 2342 - Reply

      Oh yes, I’ve seen the 90 miles to Cuba-sign 🙂

  2. Abby 22 April 2012 at 1812 - Reply

    Gorgeous! What a fun field trip. As a non-Brit, I had absolutely no idea there was a real “Land’s End.” I love it!!

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 23 April 2012 at 2343 - Reply

      Very real 🙂

  3. Angela 22 April 2012 at 1959 - Reply

    Although stunning, it doesn’t look very touristy.. Probably that’s part of its charm!

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 23 April 2012 at 2344 - Reply

      Not sure how it looks during day-time, probably not too overwhelmingly touristy.

  4. Andrea 22 April 2012 at 2137 - Reply

    I never knew there was really a Land’s End either! I was just thinking of the catalog…

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 23 April 2012 at 2345 - Reply

      Right, the American clothing company…

    • Kurt 24 April 2012 at 2228 - Reply

      Wan’t that also a book by Stephen King? I miss those red telephone boxes.

  5. Leigh 23 April 2012 at 0550 - Reply

    You got some wonderful shots there Sophie.
    Met a couple in their 70’s walking the John O Groats and they were in Scotland by then. Their advice sticks with me as they said the coast in the SW was the best part of their entire hike.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 23 April 2012 at 2346 - Reply

      In their 70s, eh? That’s quite impressive.

  6. wftristan 23 April 2012 at 0903 - Reply

    Brilliant – I grew up 10 miles from Lands End and spent the majority of my youth surfing Sennen and Gwenver just round the corner ( Naturally the remaining part of my youth I spent in the Pub)

    always great to see a post about The Motherland

    Tristan

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 23 April 2012 at 2348 - Reply

      I saw those beaches. Quite the waves! Also, beautiful beaches.

  7. robin 23 April 2012 at 1514 - Reply

    Beautiful. I still kick myself that I lived in England for so long and never saw Cornwall.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 23 April 2012 at 2349 - Reply

      Not too late …

  8. Jarmo 23 April 2012 at 1912 - Reply

    Yet another thing to add to my list of things to see in England 😉 The place actually looks lovely, very rustic

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 23 April 2012 at 2350 - Reply

      Yes, do try to go to Cornwall while you’re in England. Lovely, lively place.

  9. Alexa Meisler 23 April 2012 at 2017 - Reply

    I wanna see the last telephone boxes in England! Great shots. And the view of the water is just simply spectacular!

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 23 April 2012 at 2351 - Reply

      Thanks, Alexa.

  10. Annie - FootTracker 24 April 2012 at 1215 - Reply

    The phone booth/boxes!! we stuffed about 15 people in that kind of phone booth before XDD

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