Driving along Cornish roads towards Land’s End, I felt a little bit peculiar. I couldn’t decide if it was lightheadedness, or do you know when you drive up a steep hill and your ears need to pop, a bit like that.
I asked Bridget if she felt the same and she did. She didn’t mention it because she thought I’d think she was off her head, she was relieved when I told her I felt the same way.
I think the feeling was a mixture of excitement to be finally visiting Land’s End in Cornwall, and that we were travelling to the furthest point in England. I know we weren’t going to fall off at the end of the road, but it was still an odd experience.
I’m curious, have you visited Land’s End, and did you get a funny feeling?
Anyway, I digress, back to Land’s End in Cornwall.
Land’s End in Cornwall
Land’s end is the most south-westerly point on mainland Britain. On a clear day, you can peer across the Atlantic Ocean to the Isles of Scilly which are twenty-eight miles off the coast.
On a wild day, like the one when we arrived, visibility from the 200 foot high cliffs is limited, but it’s still quite dramatic as the ocean crashes against the granite rocks.
Accessibility at Land’s End
There is a large car park at Land’s End with dedicated disabled spaces. The only thing I would say is, the car park surface is gravely muddy stuff, with plenty of potholes and is quite uneven.
I had to move the wheelchair to a flat road and get Bridget to bimble over, otherwise, I’d be scared of tipping her out of her chair. It’s not far, but it’s inconvenient. On a busy day at Land’s End, I wonder what would happen if the disabled spaces were gone?
Take a look at the Land’s End Landmark website. Their access guide is useful and gives details of accessible parking including drop-off points for visitors with disabilities.
Once you are off the car park, the surfaces and paths are okay. There are some cobblestones inside the West Country Shopping Village, these are easily avoided. Depending on how far you wander on the cliff tops, there are some tough inclines so be aware.
A Day Out at Land’s End
As you know, I don’t like to complain here on The Bimblers. But, on this occasion, it would be wrong if I didn’t warn you about the cost of visiting Land’s End.
Land’s End is a lot more commercial than I expected. You pay to park, you pay to take part in most of the attractions, hell, you even pay to get your photo taken with the sign.
We went inside a cafe to get out of the wind and had two sandwiches, two portions of chips, a tea and a coffee – £22.00. Yes, twenty-two quid. I was too embarrassed to say “I’m not paying that amount” so I bit the bullet.
I know there is a cost involved in the upkeep of such an important and beautiful destination. But, to be honest, I think the prices would be OTT for most visitors.
You can reduce the cost by buying special offer tickets ie: family tickets. There is 1 free carer ticket with each disabled persons concession ticket.
Remember, we were there in January so thankfully most of the shops were shut.
The highlight for me was the Cornwall Air Ambulance display.
I found it quite amusing how Land’s End has capitalised on its unique position. It has the first of everything in mainland Britain, for example, the first post box, pub and shop. And the last of everything in mainland Britain, for example, the last post box, pub and shop – think about it!
The Land’s End signpost is actually privately owned and is cordoned off. If you want to stand next to it, or if you want to have your details displayed on it, you have to pay the official photographer.
We opted to stay on the free side of the fence and get photos with the Land’s End signpost in the background. To be fair, the photographer volunteered to use our camera and took a few photos of us – unexpected and a nice touch.
Unfortunately, we couldn’t hang around for long because the wind was blowing and we were getting ever closer to the cliff edge. Needless to say, we grabbed a few more photos and made our way back to the car.
There is more to Land’s End than beautiful views, although the views are a good enough reason to visit. While you’re at Land’s End, for an additional fee you can also:
- Visit Greeb Farm, a 200-year-old farmstead and meet the animals
- Learn about the “End to Enders” and their funny mode of transport – the original inhabitants of Land’s End
- Have “A Grand Experience” with Wallace & Gromit, Morph and Shaun the Sheep
- Enjoy a 4D film experience – “The Lost World”
- Explore the interactive world of “Arthur’s Quest”
All in all, Land’s End is a nice day out, albeit an expensive one. It doesn’t matter whether you’re visiting for the scenic views, to experience Britain’s first and last of everything, or just say you’ve been there, Land’s End is a must when you visit Cornwall.
Bridget and I, despite my moaning really enjoyed Land’s End. Thanks to the wind, it was nearly our first and last of everything because we got too close to the edge on more than one occasion.
We highly recommend a trip to Land’s End when you’re in Cornwall.
Have you been to Land’s End, what did you think of it?
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