Thursday, 15 August 2013

B3306


Can you have a favourite road? I do, it's the B3306 that clings to the Penwith peninsula in Cornwall. Climbing majestically out of the tourist town of St.Ives the road passes rocky granite boulders, rugged coastline and a patchwork of tiny fields, whose boundaries have remained unchanged for thousands of years. The first time I drove this road there was a thick fog and it felt as if you were driving along a cliff edge!


The road passes through the tiny village of Zennor, where the Parish Church St. Senara's is home to the mermaid chair and the legend of local boy Matthew Trewella who was enticed to his death by a mermaid! Throughout the landscape is evidence of an industrial past, with the great chimneys of the tin mines and their engine houses now just ruins. 


The road widens and narrows, and with each narrowing you breathe in hoping that something isn't coming the other way. You pass between barns of tiny hamlets, now more likely to be holiday homes and meet the open top bus, route 300, a white knuckle ride that hurtles around the lanes where you are rewarded with the most amazing views.


The cows that graze in the small fields provide the milk for Rodda's famous Cornish clotted cream and the new rather fabulous Moomaid ice cream!


After 13 miles the road ends in the tiny town of St.Just. We treat ourselves to a Cornish pasty from McFaddens the local butchers, they are truly the best, and take them quickly, whilst warm, down the lane to eat them at Cape Cornwall where there is the most enchanting sea filled swimming pool!


Do you have a favourite road or journey? 

11 comments:

  1. Hi Emma, mine has to be the west coast road on Guernsey - our favourite holiday destination. It's winding - just like Cornwall but has a magic all of it's own. Then there is the steep hill just outside the capital - St Peters Port, I think whoever designed that road must have been drunk! Love both Guernsey + Cornwall + Cork - all very special in their own way and I need to visit them very soon!
    love
    Ellen x

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    1. Thank you for sharing Ellen, I have never been to the Channel Islands and would love to go, Emma x

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  2. Here in Vancouver, I love coming down the sea to sky highway from Whistler to Vancouver on a summer evening when the evening light shines over the water, islands and mountains - though it is much better as a passenger than a driver as I tend to get a bit distracted!

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    1. I read many blogs from people living in Vancouver and know people who have visited, I would love to visit! Maybe one day, Emma x

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    2. It really is beautiful here - lots of fun things for families - and you can visit all the places you've seen virtually on blogs.

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  3. I'm with you entirely on the B3306 (though I've never known it by its proper name). We've traveled along it on many a holiday at St Ives, generally on the top deck of the open top bus with the wind whistling past our ears and blowing our hair across our faces. We've also experienced it on misty moisty mornings when the ancient stones were shrouded in white and we couldn't even see the sea.

    We don't have a car so my favourite journeys are by train - the St Erth to St Ives branch line is a delight as we vie with each other to catch the first glimpse of the the town across the bay.

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  4. Great choice, I haven't done the double decker tour yet but I will! Would also recommend the fab Cook Book bookshop/ cafe in St Just.

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    1. Thank you Antonia, I'll certainly try it next time we're near!

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  5. Such a beautiful post, Emma. Really original :) I love St Just; we spent a long weekend there a few years back, celebrating my dad's 70th birthday. You've given me Cornwall-sickness, I want to go again!

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    1. Thank you Lottie, you would absolutely love it! Emma x

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  6. This is a definite favourite of mine, I used to have to travel from St Just out to Lelant for work and would invariably get stuck behind a tourist traveling slowly and taking in the view. The road from Hayle to Portreath is another of my favourites.

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