Friday, October 29, 2010


Cornwall to Wales

St Michael's Mount near Penzance
We are really getting into the way of B&Bs now in the UK. Today (Friday) we had another full English breakfast and could have even had kippers if we so desired (which we didn't).

Mind you the day outside lent itself  to eating something warm and hearty. After loading the little car we were immediately aware of massive waves crashing across the road dumping seaweed in our path. The wind was blowing a gale and the tide was in and hence no time to wait to make the land crossing to the little island called St Michaels Mount. On top of this island is a former monastery. Today the house is more or less a tourist attraction.

As I was going to St Ives.....

St Ives

Our only wayside stopover today was at St Ives which is not far from Penzance and still in Cornwall. This village we think could be worth a lot more time and from the high vantage point of the tourist road it really did look spectacular.

The rest of the day has been basically about catching up on travelling time - we experienced the heavy traffic and long queues that seem to plague English motorways - on the A30, then the M4. These roads took from Cornwall to South Wales a distance of nearly 300 miles - and took nearly all day!

Nevertheless we enjoyed the countryside and not having to drive through business centres. We also were able to reflect on the many happy times we have had so far both on the pilgrimage and our holiday here in the UK.

We arrived at our next stopover the Carlton Hotel at Mumbles near Swansea late in the afternoon and quickly got organised to do a walking tour along the beachfront. We imagine that Mumbles is a kind of Lorne or Rosebud for the Welsh people.  The Carlton Hotel, apart from a seaview window, served up a great meal  - lamb shanks for Glenys and steak and ale pie for Ray - magnificent!

Main Street Mumbles

Early morning Mumbles

Off to Ireland tomorrow.

1 comment:

  1. Nana says: "it all looks so picturesque, but I don't think my body could take me over to England now, unless you could put me in a trolly and wheel me around"

    Steak and Ale pie in Wales - hoping to hear about a Beef and Guinness Pie in Ireland shortly.