Week 3: Saturday (Poldark & Cornish coasts)

My hotel (Estoril; £60/night)’s memory foam mattress played a large part in ensuring I had a (relatively) good night’s sleep, with the other significant part being yesterday’s general zombism. I filled up at breakfast (the homemade croissants are delicious!), and was fortunate enough to meet Grace and Steve, a couple celebrating their anniversary (congratulations!) who were also thinking about heading to Land’s End today. Given my genteral plan was to bus it there first, we decided to go there together. Yay unexpected travel buddies!

It turned out an all-day bus ticket is £10 (a return to Land’s End would’ve been £7.50), so we all forked out a tenner, and climbed on top of the open double-decker. All the super fun (and windy) times!

Funfunfun (even though I got whacked a few times by passing foliage)!

Funfunfun (even though I got whacked a few times by passing foliage)!

At Land’s End, I was treated to a much-needed cup of tea, before the happy couple and I parted ways. My plan was to take the coastal route down to Porthcurto, and possibly meet them there for lunch. Someone at Land’s End said the walk would only take about an hour, and that seemed very much doable…

…except it took me over 5 hours.

Not sure how I feel about the apostrophe situation here...

Not sure how I feel about the apostrophe situation here…

At the edge of the world (until Ausland was discovered)!

At the edge of the world (until Ausland was discovered)!

Granted, I’m fairly slow and constantly stopped to take in the view and shoot some piccies, but the walk/hike was on uneven terrain, and there were some pretty steep climbs.

The best of everything (clouds notwithstanding).

The best of everything (clouds notwithstanding).

My left arm looks really weird here, but yayayayay for the Cornish coast!

My left arm looks really weird here, but yayayayay for the Cornish coast!

I don’t regret any of it, because oh my stars, what an absolute delight. Here are just some of the many photos I snapped throughout the walk (note the eventual appearance of the coveted British sun).

Mmm, the water!

Mmm, the water!

We spotted a seal here (and I got to use some of my very bad German).

We spotted a seal here (and I got to use some of my very bad German).

Undomesticated equines! (Okay, they're probably just roaming close to their paddock, but still.)

Undomesticated equines! (Okay, they’re probably just roaming close to their paddock, but still.)

It was also a good thing I picked up a cupcake at Land’s End from a stand run by the Cornwall branch of the Motor Neurone Disease Association, because that cupcake was a lifesaver at around 2:30pm. I might’ve never made it to my destination if not for the orange-frosted cupcake of awesome!

Look at the colourful cupcakes! Alas, the volunteers made life difficult for me by recommending conflicting colours. :P

Look at the colourful cupcakes! Alas, the volunteers made life difficult for me by recommending conflicting colours. :P

Eating my cupcake while sat on a cliffs. Yes.

Eating my cupcake while sat on a Cornish cliff: yes.

Just keep walking, just keep walking... See how the sun has decided to grace us? :D

Just keep walking, just keep walking… See how the sun has decided to grace us? :D

Okay, so apart from spending a good few hours with nature, I had another reason to go on this trek: the recent BBC TV series, Poldark. Viewers of the show might be familiar with some of the following shots.

Porthgwarra from above.

Porthgwarra from above.

Porthgwarra beach.

Porthgwarra beach.

Where Aidan Turner's Ross Poldark went for a skinny dip. ;)

Where Aidan Turner’s Ross Poldark went for a skinny dip. ;)

Porthgwarra Cove Cafe, which smelt of glorious scones and cream (but the lady helped me resist, and encouraged me to continue on my trek).

Porthgwarra Cove Cafe, which smelt of glorious scones and cream (but the lady helped me resist, and encouraged me to continue on my trek).

:D

:D

<3

<3

I have removed my two cardigans and stripped down to my Sailormoon/Game of Thrones t-shirt! (With another long-sleeved layer beneath, of course.)

I have removed my two cardigans and stripped down to my Sailormoon/Game of Thrones t-shirt! (With another long-sleeved layer beneath, of course.)

Since I’m possibly certifiably crazy, I got back to my hotel at around 6pm to check a few things online…and then decided to go on another adventure, this time to Trewellard for dinner, and then to catch the sunset at the Levant Mines, another Poldark shooting location. I opted to eat at the Trewellard Meadery, because mead. By the time I arrived at 8pm, I was all up for the medieval and hands-on theme, especially when it came to devouring half a fried chicken with my bare hands. Dinner totalled £22.90, and I heartily recommend the restaurant (go try all the meads)—Debbie at the cashier was especially friendly, and, upon learning I’m Australian, gave me a AUD$2 coin that had been left as tips. I took it, promising to use it to send her a postcard from Down Under (which she probably won’t receive until next year, given the snail-ness of super international snail mail).

Ah, the clouds have returned—but mead is near!

Ah, the clouds have returned—but mead is near!

Dinner (and some writing) by candlelight!

Dinner (and some writing) by candlelight!

My wee glass of mead. I had a blackberry and then a strawberry one—loved them both.

My wee glass of mead. I had a blackberry and then a strawberry one—loved them both.

Deep-fried fish fingers to start, because why not?

Deep-fried fish fingers to start, because why not?

I'm pretty sure I earnt my half chicken today. :D

I’m pretty sure I earnt my half chicken today. :D

I was enjoying my meal so much, I almost let the time get away from me. Time was ticking, but I still wanted dessert! What to do?!

Answer: Ask very nicely if you could have your Cornish ice-cream to go, and promise to return the spoon after you’re done.

Bliss.

Bliss.

It was too cloudy to see the sunset, but I climbed on top of a mound next to the ruins, watched the colours of the sky and sea, listened to the cows moo, ate my ice-cream, and was content.

Oh, Cornwall. <3

Oh, Cornwall. <3

Levant mines.

Levant mines.

Grazing cows. One cow kept looking my way and judging me, and I respectfully bid her a good evening and left her to it.

Grazing cows. One cow kept looking my way and judging me, and I respectfully bid her a good evening and left her to it.

Some of my favourite things. <3

Surrounded by some of my favourite things. <3

Accommodation: £60
Food & drink: £22.90
Travel: £10
Total: £92.90
Walked: 30,036 steps; 19.86km

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