Written 8th November
On a previous trip to Cornwall we were given some very wise advice from Bill at the lovely campsite we stayed at (Court Farm nr St Austell) that Lands End was horribly tacky and expensive and that it was far better to park at Sennan Cove and walk over the cliffs to Land's End and this turned out to be very true so our plan was to try and park for the night in Sennan and walk over the cliffs in the morning. Unfortunately our plan was foiled by the not open-ness of the fish and chip shop, the lack of anyone to check with about stopping in the harour carpak (a wild camping website had indicated that the harbourmaster was ok with people stopping in the car park if you ask as he had only be forced to put up the no motor homes, no overnight stopping signs by the council) and the howling gale which had sprung up and which was blowing the rain off the sea and straight up the cliff in sheets. After some deliberation we decided to shelter from the storm in the First and Last Pub then see if we could find a deserted layby to stop in.
Expecting a horrible tourist trap this close to Lands End, we were pleasantly surprised to find a warm, welcoming pub with a good mix of tourists and locals and live music later on. The landlord agreed that although he shouldn't, he was fine for us to stop in the carpark so we settled in for the night. 5 hours of solid drinking (well you can spin 3 pints out for quite a while if you try... ) a mountain of sausage and mash and 2 hours of acually pretty good live music later we staggered out to the car park in the still near gale conditions. The wind was so strong it was actually lifting the roof enough to make the catch springs creak and rock the van so it wasn't exactly an undisturbed night's sleep but we woke to glorious sunshine and back on our mission.