18,6km – with Prasana.
Today wasn’t as bad as yesterday. I’m 5cm shorter and my feet are tired from all this walking yesterday but the path was much more comfortable to walk on today. Not too many ups and downs, the way even and well maintained. We started in Pendeen walking through an area of Geevor Mine and other disused tin mines. Cornwall was world leader in tin production in the 1860s/70s but production declined in the late 19th century due to overseas competitors. These days Geevor Mine is a museum. I could see Frodo walking through this landscape on his way to destroy the one ring. Maybe it wasn’t as dark but it was definitely an interesting area to walk through.
In Cape Cornwall we had a coffee stop with a fantastic date slice and chatted with Annie, a lovely bubbly lady working for National Trust. She gave us tips where to get nice food in the next villages and estimated times how long it would take us to get to Porthcurno. She also gave us advice on seal watching. Starting from May, June you can see seals everywhere long the Cornish coastline. April is a little to early as it’s still too cold, but if you’re lucky you can see some in Whitesand Bay, near St. Ives on Seal Island and definitely at Godrevy Point. (Wherever you are at the Cornish coast, ask the locals to show you (best on a map) where to see seals.)
We finished our walk in Land’s End, England’s most western tip, after 19km. Very touristy. From there we took a bus to Porthcurno where we stayed at a B&B. The good thing about small villages is that they have at least 2 pubs. And the locals can tell you to which one to go :-).
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