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England: Wandering through Cornwall’s historic landscape

Rife with Celtic myth and legend, Cornwall – Britain’s south-western tip – has magnificent granite cliffs dragged at by the wild Atlantic, smooth sand beaches, charming towns, savoury pasties and cream teas.

I was actually there to explore the rock climbing opportunities on the sea cliffs and zawns of Bosigran and Chair Ladder.

Cornwall Rock Climbing

But I also discovered a Unesco World Heritage Site of historic ruined mines. The tin and copper mining landscape of Cornwall and west Devon reflect Britain’s burgeoning Industrial Revolution in the late 18th and early 19th centuries.

Cornwall - ruined tin mining landscape

There over 200 ruined mining sites, which according to Cornish Mining is the largest concentration of such monuments anywhere in the world. At the beginning of the 19th century Cornwall was producing two-thirds of the world’s supply of copper.

Cornwall - ruined tin mining landscape

The boom era had come to an end by the end of the century and hundreds of thousands of Cornwall’s skilled miners migrated abroad to developing tin mines around the world. What is left certainly adds to the beautiful landscape.

Take a walk along the clifftop paths. I loved the great clumps of pink and white sea campion and saw seals playing in the rocky pools at the foot of the drop.

Cornwall, Land's End

No first trip to Cornwall would be complete without visiting Land’s End. The lighthouse, the empty sea and the sun going down make for a memorable end to the day.

Cornish Pasties

Followed of course by a pint of St Austell’s ale and a freshly baked Cornish pasty.

By Natasha von Geldern

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  1. Malcolm Martyn

    Hi Natasha, great write up. Just though I would mention one small thing. Quite a lot of Cornwall’s true people find it offensive to be considered English or part of England, we have nothing against them per say and in fact often have many as friends, but are in fact from the country of Cornwall, only considered England because of a weak royal family, hopeless duke and the government at Westminster who deny us our stanary parliament rights underfund our language and try to force us out by poor education and job prospects balanced against the most expensive rates, taxes bills and housing prices in the country. Sorry if it sounds a bit strong. Again great write up, Cheers and gone… Malc

    • I was aware of the desire of Cornwall to be more independent from England and the UK but thanks for explaining it to me better. I was talking to an (English) woman recently who lives in Cornwall and she mentioned the high cost of living there, especially bills etc – I had no idea! Thanks for stopping by.

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