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A Wonder of West Cornwall

A Wonder of West Cornwall
Posted on Sep 02, 2014

Most people know me as Eddie Williams. I live with my partner Denise in a small ramshackle cottage in Penzance.

Of all the men in CornwallI consider myself one of the luckiest and most fortunate! I do not have a lot of money or any great wealth, but I do have three things most men would die for: my health, the love of a good woman and work that I love to do.

Of all the different jobs I have had through my life from fisherman, to farm labourer, the one job I have found to be the love of my life is the job I have now – a jewellery maker at The Greeb Craftworks at Land’s End. 

It is at Land’s End that I spend most of my life, making little works of art in my workshop and meeting people from all over the world.

What I would like to tell you about is a small stretch of coastline that runs from Carn Greeb to Pordennack Point:

A fit person could walk from point-to-point in about twenty minutes, with time to take in the wonderful scenery, which includes Enys Dodnan – a small rock formation with a great archway cut through it by natural erosion.

There is a multitude of wildlife; lizards and adders can sometimes be seen if the conditions are favourable. There are always many species of birds to fascinate and delight you, including the rare Cornish Chough.

When you reach Pordennack Point, the coastline opens up much more to reveal a majestic cliff-line with fascinating geological shapes and crags, moulded into the rock by a millennia of rain, wind and waves.

On a fine day you can stand close to the edge of the point and look down on to an emerald sea – you really do get a sense of what a herring gull might see when in flight. Needless to say it is not a place for people who are afraid of heights but you will be overcome by the sheer sense of space and freedom.

The sky also plays a fair part in this natural theatre of wonder, as it changes from day-to-day and hour-by-hour. The colours and light that appear over the sea on this stretch of coastline is an infinite thing of beauty to behold.

There is history here too; after any heavy rainfall I like to take my cat, Felix, for a walk down to the foot of Carn Greeb and look for pieces of worked flint that have been uncovered by the rain. This flint would have been worked by the early settlers that called Land’s End home, approximately 800BC – some of the flint artefacts found here have been carbon dated that far back.

This stretch of coastline inspires me and often fills me with a sense of wellbeing and wonder. I can still feel the energy that emanates here from the inhabitants of long ago, and that my dear friends include the ‘pyskies’ and ‘fairies’ of this magical land!

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