Driving Tour of Cornwall

Trip Start Jul 24, 2009
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Trip End Jul 29, 2009


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Monday, July 27, 2009

    Waking up today the weather was much better.  We had breakfast and set out on a driving exploration of Cornwall.  We drove through St. Ives where we meet a man with seven wives, each wife had seven sacks each sack had seven cats, each cat had seven kits. Kits, cats, sacks, wives we were the only ones going to St. Ives.  We then headed to find Men-an-Tol.  This is a small formation of standing stones in Cornwall.   It consists of three upright granite stones: a round stone with its middle holed out with two small standing stones to each side, in front
of and behind the hole. When seen at an angle from one side, the stones form a three-dimensional "101".  No one is sure what this structure is or why it was built but an ancient stone doughnut....well of course we needed to see this in person.
    We then headed through St. Just and down to Lands End.  This is the most westerly point of the British mainland.  There is a great view of the beautiful cost here and because there is nothing else to do in the area it has been turned into a tourist trap of kitsch and useless shit no one needs.  Well we went there.  We did not stay very long but we went there.  You would have thought that they were giving stuff away.  There were loads of people there all trying to spend there money first. 
    We continued on driving through Penzance, where we did not see even one pirate and then came upon St. Michael's Mount.  This is a tidal island just off the cost of Marazion where at low tide a causeway is used to reach the island.
    Next we were off to the town of Truro.  Several years back my father and his wife, Donna were on vacation in England and stayed in a town called Ravenstonedale.  When they went to the local pub there was an ale they had on draft from the Skinner brewery.  My dad knew I would love the pump clip and he tried to talk the landlord out of it.  He was told if he drank the rest of the cask he could have the pump clip.  Well over the next several days he drank a lot of the Skinners Ale and he got me that pump clip.  After receiving this treasure I got on line and looked up this brewery.  To my surprise I discovered that the owner of the Skinner Brewery was Steve Skinner.  I emailed him introducing myself and he responded saying if I was ever in the area to stop by to meet him.  Well I was in the area and as luck would have it he was at the brewery.  He is a very nice man and took Kim and I on a private tour of the brewery and bought us a pint of his award winning Cornish Ale.  It was a thrill to meet another Steve Skinner, especially one that is as nice as him. 
    After leaving the brewery we went to see St. Mawes Castle.  This is one of the best preserved castles built by Heney VIII in 1539 to 1545.  It was built as part of a coastal chain of artillery fortresses to counter an invasion from Catholic France and Spain.  It is constructed in a clover-leaf shape surrounded by octagonal outer defense walls and ship sinking guns.   
    After a long day of driving we headed back to the Duke to grill up some burgers and relax by the camp fire.
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