Tuesday was a beautiful day, the sun shone all day and the breeze off the sea was gently cooling.
We took the Lands End (1A) bus from Penzance Bus Station and after leaving Penzance headed out through Newlyn and up the very steep Chywoone Hill. The bus crawled up in first gear at about 3 miles an hour. From the top and through Sheffield the view of the whole of Penwith and across to The Lizard was spectacular. The dishes of the Goonhilly Satellite Earth Station were clearly visible across Mounts Bay.
Up hill and down dale we went bouncing around on the top deck of the bus past the top of several lanes leading down to tiny coves on the coast to the south. Back up on the top and down a lane that was barely wide enough for the bus before reaching St Buryan. Reaching St Buryan Church there was instant recognition. I turned to BathZena, jumping up and down in frustration at my poor memory and desperately trying to remember the name of the film starring Julie Christie and ... Sensing my obvious frustration the women in the seat in front of us turned and restored calm, "Straw Dogs", she said before turning back to the next view. Sam Peckinpah made Straw Dogs with Dustin Hoffman and Susan George (not Julie Christie) in 1971 and filmed it in St Buryan.
Once in Porthcurno we walked straight up the hill to the Minack Theatre perched on the side of the rugged granite cliffs overlooking the sea. Peter Pan was playing in the afternoon so the theatre was closed to visitors but they did offer a viewing platform for us to take in the full extent of the view.
After the obligatory snaps had been taken we walked back down to the village. We had an hour or so so stopped for a a beer in the Cable Station Inn - not the best pint of Betty Stogs I've tasted.
The bus arrived all too soon and back to Penzance we bounced.
I just manged to get a shot of St Michael's Mount lit by the setting sun but it could have been better. I'll try again if I get a chance.