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Old 04-10-2012, 10:01 AM   #1
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Cornwall - the land of pasties, mines and amazing roads

Now Cornwall is a beautiful place. I know, I grew up there but whenever any of my friends think of Cornwall they picture the beaches packed with tourists with buckets & spades and endless traffic.

My mission for the long weekend was to prove there is more and believe me there is.

Having lived in St.Ives for 20 odd years I'm starting with one of my favourite roads, it ends at a famous landmark and quite literally, the end of the country. The B3306 from St.Ives to Lands End.

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Old 04-10-2012, 10:11 AM   #2
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Setting off from London far too late in the afternoon I sadly rushed the beautiful ride of the A303 past stonehenge.

I arrived at my destination ready to explore.

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Old 04-10-2012, 10:18 AM   #3
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First thing to remember for those that like to explore

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A little colour at the start of the exploration despite the British Easter weather trying it's hardest to ruin play

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Old 04-11-2012, 04:07 AM   #6
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While in town I couldn't help but notice this sign.

An optimistic name all things considered

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One last one of the town on my way out as the sun broke out for a bit

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Old 04-11-2012, 04:33 AM   #8
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So, off to the road from St.Ives to Lands End.

The late great Colin McCrae once said this road would be one of the best WRC courses in the world. Right now I was interested in 2 wheels not 4.

The road hugs the North Cornwall coast all the way to the end of the country with the next stop being New York if you want to get wet. The scenery is breathtaking and the road has everything, long sweeping curves, tight hairpins and twists, switchbacks and plenty of places to stop and take in the beauty.

Quick warning - I grew up here and learnt this road like the back of my hand. If you plan on riding your bike like you stole it beware there are numerous points on this road that if you come off you will land a long way down and out of sight from any passing help.

In my youth I put a car off this road that virtually disappeared into bracken and heather, not sure 2 wheels and a person will show up any better.

You have been warned.







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While flying down the road this came to light.

I had to explore



I went further down the path for more investigation



A look back and an iconic image of Cornwall presented itself



The bike wasn't going any further despite my best efforts!



Time for a quick look at my surroundings before setting off again.

Sat on the side of this cliff was numerous ruins of old mine workings and small features that caught my eye








Now onwards!
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Now there's a proper little bridge - no fancy high tech cement required.


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There is some interesting history associated with those walls.

For several years in the '90s I worked on nearby Exmoor, in Somerset, from late March to mid May. The people I worked for had "enclosed" fields like these..... and there were a few walls extending into the common. "Had my grandfather finished those in time, that land would have been ours too," said the lady boss of the farm I worked on.

As it was they had "commoners rights" to graze the common. One of my tasks was to do the rounds by motorcycle at daybreak to count and check the cows on the common, which were not far off calving.
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So if you hadn't guessed by now I'm easily distracted. If I see something interesting I need to explore. I love riding bikes because it allows me to do just that.

I hate having to get somewhere at a set time, I do that all week for work. Timetables turn a beautiful ride into a chore and that defeats the object.

If I need to be somewhere on time I might as well take 4 wheels....

So riding along I came to a village called Pendeen.

This coastline is littered with small villages that sprung up around the mines and are still here. The mines closed many moons ago but the villages stayed so don't expect a modern tourist orientated feel about them if you explore.

Infact think more the land that time forgot...

Coming to a sign for a lighthouse I obviously had to take a look!



Even the bike appreciated the views



I saw somewhere I wasn't supposed to be, naturally I had to take a look



That will be why you aren't supposed to be here! Don't look down.....



But what a view, definately worth almost falling off a cliff (note to self, motorbike boots while riding good, while climbing wet slimy rocks on side of cliff, not so good)



Here's the road

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Next place that caught my eye was Levant mine just past Pendeen





Some of this place has been restored with a working beam engine that was used for pumping the mine




These guys were crazy working in mines 600 meters down and 2.5 km out under the sea with just candles strapped to their helmets.

Not sure I would have been going down this hole!

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I want a pasty!

......I hope you've got some pictures of pasties: I'm drooling already. Super pictures, interesting industrial archaeology, engaging writing style. Great stuff. More?

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