Feeling Today: 😃🥂🎉🍻🍾👍🚶
So Far (and finished): 1,121.42 miles, 367:44 hours
For the first few miles out of Pendeen I was still in mining country. While most of the mines in this area closed about a century ago, Pendeen’s tin mine only ceased in 1991, after 300 years of operation. The Geevor mine is now a visitor centre.
I then had a stretch of typical coastal path, a bit of up and down, a bit of in and out, to reach Cape Cornwall, an uncluttered and pretty peninsula which would have made a nicer ending to my walk than Land’s End. But it’s called JOGLE, not JOGCC (which would be difficult for anyone to pronounce).
And suddenly Sennen Cove and Land’s End – the hotel and the lighthouse – were in sight. The two inviting sandy beaches at Sennen were the first since St Ives and I celebrated with my first ice cream of the whole walk.
It’s a short, well-beaten path from Sennen Cove up to the hotel and ‘attractions’ of Land’s End. I don’t know which of JOG and LE is the saddest place really. JOG was soulless and bleak; LE is busy and unashamedly commercial, regardless of any rationale or connection with the tip of the Country. For example, you can have a Shaun the Sheep experience, or watch Arthur’s Quest, or queue and pay to have your photo taken at the famous signpost.
Mike is on holiday in Devon and, being an ardent and loyal follower of this blog, very kindly came to meet me and give me a lift to my train at Penzance. We by-passed the Penwith House Temperance Hotel (not really our kind of gaff), I signed the end-to-end book, and we jumped into Mike’s car, roof advisedly down. And that was it, my long walk from top to bottom, end to end, was over.
I feel elated, exhausted, fulfilled and relieved.
I’ll post one more ‘the day after’ blog and then this account will be complete. I’ll also post another page in due course with some advice and stuff that might be helpful to anyone who fancies doing JOGLE my way.