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The location calls for no explanation – the name says it all!
No stay in Cornwall would be complete without a visit to Land’s End – the county’s oldest and most enduring natural attraction – and at just 90 minutes’ drive, with plenty en route to make the trip even more worthwhile, it’s a ‘must-do’ on your Cornish holiday or break.
Shrouded in legend and mystery, Land’s End is the most westerly point of both Cornwall and Great Britain and lends its name to the area lying at the tip of the southwest peninsula between the resort town of St Ives on the north coast and the port of Penzance on the south.
Bordered by some of the country’s most ruggedly impressive coastline, Land’s End boasts immense rock formations, many of which lie dangerously in the sea, just off the coast, and enjoy weird names such as the Armed Knight and Dr Johnson’s Head.
The dramatic location, with wind and waves pounding on all sides, has been an inspiration for artists for hundreds of years, and the West Penwith area, as it is known, is also an important national heritage location where over 800 archaeological sites – many dating back 6,000 years to the Neolithic era – have been unveiled.
Cornwall’s more recent, industrial history is similarly in evidence here, with dozens of iconic stone towers and chimneys – relics of the county’s tin and lead mining activity – dotted across the landscape, punctuating some of the UK’s finest panoramic scenery.