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Land's End is located in Cornwall
Land's End shown within Cornwall
Land's End

Land's End (Cornish name: Penn an Wlas) is a headland on the Penwith peninsula, located near Penzance in Cornwall, England, United Kingdom. It is the most westerly point of the English mainland; the westernmost point of the island of Great Britain as a whole is Corrachadh Mòr, Ardnamurchan, Scotland which is 22 miles (35 km) farther west. The most southerly point of Great Britain is not Land's End but Lizard Point, a few miles to the south-east.

Visible from Land's End is the Longships Lighthouse. The Longships, a few miles out, is a serpentine and quartz island. Offshore, midway between Land's End and the Isles of Scilly, is the supposed location of the mythical lost land of Lyonesse, referred to in Arthurian literature.

The name has a particular resonance because it is so often used in outlining the length of Britain when races, walks and charitable events take place between Land's End and the Scottish village John o' Groats (the most north-easterly settlement in mainland Britain, 838 miles (1,349 km) distant by road). The phrase Land's End to John o' Groats is used both as a literal journey and as a metaphor for great or all-encompassing distance, similar to the American phrase coast to coast.

In 1769 the Antiquarian, William Borlase wrote that:

"Of this time we are to understand what Edward I. says (Sheringham. p. 129.) that Britain, Wales, and Cornwall, were the portion of Belinus, elder son of Dunwallo, and that that part of the Island, afterwards called England, was divided in three shares, viz. Britain, which reached from the Tweed, Westward, as far as the river Ex; Wales inclosed by the rivers Severn, and Dee; and Cornwall from the river Ex to the Land's-End".

In 1987 Peter de Savary purchased Land’s End.[1] He had two new buildings erected and much of the present theme park development was instigated by him. He sold both Land's End and John o' Groats for an undisclosed sum to businessman Graham Ferguson Lacey in 1991.[2]

The current owners purchased Land’s End in 1996 and formed a company named Heritage Attractions Limited.

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A map of land's end from 1946

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Wikisource-logo.svg "Land's End". Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). 1911. 

Coordinates: 50°4′7″N 5°42′58″W / 50.06861°N 5.71611°W / 50.06861; -5.71611

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Coordinates: 50°4′7″N 5°42′58″W / 50.06861°N 5.71611°W / 50.06861; -5.71611


Land's End shown within Cornwall
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A 1946 map of Land's End

Land's End (Cornish name: Pedn an Wlas) is a headland and small settlement in west Cornwall, United Kingdom. It is located on the Penwith peninsula approximately eight miles (13 km) west-southwest of Penzance[1].

Land's End is the extreme south-westerly point of the British mainland, and the extreme westerly point of the mainland of England.

The Longships, a group of rocky islets are just over a mile offshore. The Isles of Scilly lie approximately 28 miles (45 km) southwest of Land's End – the mythical lost land of Lyonesse (referred to in Arthurian literature) was supposedly located between Scilly and the mainland.

Land's End has a particular resonance because it is often used to suggest distance. Land's End to John o' Groats in Scotland is a distance of 838 miles (1,349 km) by road and defines the length of races, walks or charitable events. See also Land's End to John o' Groats.

In 1769 the Antiquarian, William Borlase wrote:

"Of this time we are to understand what Edward I. says (Sheringham. p. 129.) that Britain, Wales, and Cornwall, were the portion of Belinus, elder son of Dunwallo, and that that part of the Island, afterwards called England, was divided in three shares, viz. Britain, which reached from the Tweed, Westward, as far as the river Ex; Wales inclosed by the rivers Severn, and Dee; and Cornwall from the river Ex to the Land's-End".

In 1987 Peter de Savary purchased Land’s End. He had two new buildings erected and much of the present theme park development was instigated by him[citation needed]. He sold both Land's End and John o' Groats for an undisclosed sum to businessman Graham Ferguson Lacey in 1991.[citation needed] The current owners purchased Land’s End in 1996 and formed a company named Heritage Attractions Limited[citation needed]. Attractions at the theme park include children's playgrounds and recorded music. Twice a week in August there are firework displays. Nearby is the Land's End Hotel.[2]

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Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

Britains most southwesterly point
Britains most southwesterly point

Land's End is the most Southwesterly point in Britain and part of Cornwall in the South West.

Understand

Land's End's main represents both the starting and ending points of the longest journey in Great Britain, Land's End to John O'Groats. Consequently, it is known as "The First and Last", due to its position at the extremity of the UK. It is an atmospheric, dramatic piece of coastline steeped in history and romance.

Get in

If you go there by car, be prepared to spend 2 pounds for the parking area.

Alternatively you can park your car in Sennen Cove, close to Land's End and walk from there, enjoying the walk along the coast path.

There is also a regular bus schedule between Penzance and Land's End. (one bus hourly, except on Sundays, schedules may vary in winter) Buses depart from the central bus station in Penzance. Local tour operators in Penzance offer tours covering the whole peninsula including Land's end.

Get around

The whole area can be easily accessed on foot. Take care with clothing, because Land's End can be a rough, windy place due to its exposed location and proximity to the Atlantic Ocean.

Land's End Airport

Situated close to Land's End itself, the Airport enjoys a spectacular setting. Overlooking the dramatic Cornish coast offering a welcome relief to the bustle of ‘up-country’ life. Within the immediate vicinity are several tourist attractions, scenic walks and plentiful accommodation. The South West Coastal Footpath is adjacent to the Airport and leads to many stunning beaches including Sennen Cove and Porthcurno. Land's End Airport offers a great range of activities including: Scenic Flights, Banner Towing, Aerial Photography, Pilot Training, Trial Lessons, and Flying School and Skybus flights to the Isles of Scilly. [1].

See

If you just want to see the coast, you can avoid the entrance fee to the theme park by walking around the outside of the park, but when you get to the coast it's all a bit of a let-down with all the fairground rides so nearby.

  • There is a tacky theme park on the site. A professional photographer takes photos of you in front of the signpost showing your hometown's distance. (see photo above) He will charge you around 5 pounds for the photos. Unfortunately you can't do photos on your own, since the signpost is surrounded by a small fence, preventing you from getting too close.
  • Go to John O'Groats! The Land's End to John O'Groats, (or Vice Versa) journey has been undertaken by many individuals as a personal challenge, and to raise funds for good causes. It is often undertaken on foot or by bicycle to raise funds. Ian Botham the former England Cricketer popularised the journey in recent years when raising funds for charity.
  • Walk to Sennen Cove. Those not wishing to walk the length of Great Britain, may alternatively prefer a walk on the clifftop to Sennen Cove and enjoy the spectacular sea views.

Buy

The theme park has various souvenir shops offering a wide range of souvenirs, although they are mostly overpriced. I'd save your money if I were you.

Eat

Land's End Hotel has a restaurant area which is open to non-residents as well. (see below)

  • Land's End Hotel, Phone: 01736 871844, [2]. Located a few minutes away from the signpost itself. Room fares range from 40 to 90 pounds, depending on the time of year and type of room. Breakfast is included.
  • Whitesand backpackers - cool hostel in Sennen about 2 miles up the A30 from Lands' End. Rooms and dorms. Good food, plus licenced bar.

Get out

If you wanted to see dramatic piece of unspoilt coastline, go 20 miles along the coast to Lizard Point, Britain's most SOUTHERLY point. The natural scenery is just as good (if not better), there's a great atmosphere, no entrance fee, and not too many people around. Lizard village has a couple of shops and pubs. Also consider Cape Cornwall - 5 miles to the North, once thought to be the most Westerly point, but modern maps proved this wrong!

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1911 encyclopedia

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From LoveToKnow 1911

LAND'S END, a promontory of Cornwall, forming the westernmost point of England. It is a fine headland of granite, pierced by a natural arch, on a coast renowned for its cliff scenery. Dangerous reefs lie off the point, and one group a mile from the mainland is marked by the Longships Lighthouse, in 50° 4' N. 5° 43' W. The Land's End is the westernmost of the granite masses which rise at intervals through Cornwall from Dartmoor. The phenomenon of a raised beach may be seen here, but indications of a submerged forest have also been discovered in the neighbourhood.


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