England 2019


Our third trip to Great Britain led us to the south of England. Starting point in Cornwall was Fowey ("pronounced Foy like Joy"). We visited the seaside villages like St Ives, Charleston and Padstow. The whole coast offers a variety of pictorial coves, cliffs with interesting rock formations and numerous lighthouses. There are many former copper, clay, and predominantly tin mines. The abandoned machine houses, winding towers, and head frames are often located directly at the cliffs. The adits of the pits led some hundred meters beneath the sea. Several English gardens are a good opportunity for recreation, so the botanic garden Eden Project or the famous Lost Gardens Heligan. The ritual place Lanyon Quoit is a proof of an early settlement in Cornwall in the Neolithic Age around 5500 years ago. The standing stone formation Mên-an-Tol (cornish: stone the hole) dates back to the Bronze Age around 3000-4000 years ago. 

 

We passed the second part of our vacation in Swanage, Dorset. From there we visited the heathland of Dartmoor. Yellow blooming moorland and the omnipresent granite characterize the landscape. Wistman's Wood, a small enchanted wood is situated in the centre of Dartmoor Forest. After a few steps into the wood one has the feeling to be in the middle of the Old Forest of the novel Lord of the Rings. Dorset is well known for its Jurassic Coast, a coast line with many impressive cliffs, of white color in the east (Bournemouth), golden in the west (Westbay). 

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