A Cornish Adventure Pt4 - Eden Project
Trip Start May 15, 2010
50Trip End Dec 15, 2010
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Arriving at the Eden project i was directed to a parking spot, i then had the choice to get on the park and ride bus, or walk down to the entrance, the parking attendant told me it was a 5 min walk, which i decided was preferable to a guided bus tour of the car parks.
After paying my entrance fee i stepped out onto the platform and took in the view, for those reading this that don't know the Eden Project it is a disused quarry in which two giant biodomes have been build to house exotic plants
I decided to take the 'cornish walk' route down round the inside of the quarry, the paths were well planted, on the left hand side of the quarry as it were as you walked down were a number of 'hidden sculptures' and small buildings and seating made with materials of the landscape. At the bottom of the pathway down was a traditional vegetable garden complete with scarecrows and a garden shed. Walking round to the entrance of the bio-domes was a number of sculptures such as a metal frame man fishing, a giant bee or wasp i couldn't quite tell and two metal cows on the roof of the connecting section
Before entering the biodomes i decided that lunch would be in order, as they say when in Rome,so it was Cornish pastie for lunch, after enjoying a pastie and wedge cut chips it was into the bio-domes.
The first dome for me was the rainforest dome, advice on entry is to either take a bottle of water or use the fountains provided, at 35 degrees id say it was good advice, on entering it is a single one way trail that take you up through the dome and back around to the start. The centre of the dome has a waterfall running through it and the path takes you across it at different levels. There were a number of lagoon type displays and various examples of rainforest living in the form of hut of varying sizes. Of course there was also a selection of rainforest flowers planted into the landscape. On reaching the top i was exhausted so i stopped to enjoy the view before making the journey back down the path to the entrance. Again not very descriptive but the photo attached to this blog will help with that.
Moving across to the other dome was the Mediterranean environment, this was a temperature slightly warmer than the weather outside the dome, but at a constant
New to the project since my last visit was an exhibition centre called the core. This was an exhibition hall which contained a variety of enviromental displays. And a giant concrete seed at its core. It also housed a glass elevator taking visitors back to the top, after looking at the displays i took the glass elevator and bridge back to the visitor centre/entrance.
At this point i had walked all the paths except for the zig-zag path which is the direct-ish route down to the domes. So i decided to take the land train (carriages pulled by a bio-diesel fuelled tractor) back to the bottom so that i could walk back up the path.
Making it back to the visitor centre, i then had the obligatory walk through the gift stop to the exit. A short park and ride bendy bus trip back to the car park (after i remembered which car park, there are 7 all named after different fruits) and then the short journey home.