When I travel, I normally beg the weather gods to sunnily smile down on me for the entire length of my trip. I’m greedy like that. However, there have been a few times when I did actually want cloudy skies. One such time was in Cornwall, England. While I didn’t want out right rain, gloomy weather along the coasts of England appealed to the inner romantic in me (I may have read one too many English classics).
On the most western point of mainland England, one can find an area aptly called “Land’s End”. While it is somewhat marred by a complex of tacky tourist facilities, once you walk past those and head for the cliffs, you’ll find what you came for: beautiful views. And if you’re lucky, the weather is gloomy but not rainy. I found that the gloomy weather added intensity to the sea and cliffs, it muted the surrounding colours, and it kept away the tourist hoards. We had the place mostly to ourselves so I was in scenery and photographic heaven.
The one building of interest at Land’s End is the First and Last Refreshment House. It is considered to be the first and last house in England, geographically speaking. It was opened in the 19th century by a woman named Gracie Thomas. She sold pieces of granite as souvenirs to the Victorian tourists, as well as food and drinks.
A visit to Land’s End technically would only take a little bit of time – however, if you love cliffs, if you love photography, and/or if you love walking, you can spend a lot of time in this area. I would even suggest bringing a picnic and sit on one of the granite rocks for a while. Contemplate the sea and set your imagination free with pirates and shipwrecks. Other than that, wander the coastal trails and then move on to other great things to see in Cornwall.
Have you ever had a gloomy day enhance your travels?