Prior to our UK trip last year, my only reference to the name Land's End, was a catalogue clothing company for middle-aged, semi-active, conservative women. If I ever shop there, I've officially turned into my mother. Shoot me, please.
Land's End in the UK is a peninsula that is the most westerly point of mainland England. About three weeks before visiting Land's End, Dan and I visited John O'Groats in Scotland, which contains the most north-easterly point. The distance between the two towns is approximately 876 miles and taking a trip ( by bike or walking) is often used a a fitness accomplishment. We drove it, taking several diversions along the way, including bringing the kids along for the second half of our UK vacation.
We found a Magical Mystery Tour Bus in the parking lot.
Land's End was considerably more touristy than John O' Groats. It's located in Cornwall, a major tourist destination with beaches, castles and theme parks. There was so much to do in Cornwall, that we are going back in August to see more things! The little area surrounding Land's End has several restaurants, Historical buildings and gift shops. It also had a great playground that the kids loved.
The children's playground had a cool pirate flag and the creepiest mannequin I've ever seen. Just look at the hands...it's stuff of nightmares...
I ate my first Cornish Pastie, a meat-filled flaky pastry. Yummy. We also took an artsy shot of our doughnut.
The view from Land's End was spectacular.
At both Land's End and John O' Groats, there is an official sign post, where for a fee, you can stand next to it for a picture. The one at John O'Groats was so heavily barricaded, that we couldn't get anywhere close to it, but we managed to get a sneaky picture at the Land's End sign.
Whether you travel by foot, bike or car, the trip between John O'Groats and Land's End is a must-do!