Today I will be showing you the town of Penzance in the mystical land of Cornwall, England. Filled with magical standing stones, mischievous pixies, and legendary tales this ancient land still holds many remnants of the past. A visit to Penzance is sure to be full of fairytales and seaside fun, all of which you can do while vaping!
My first stop of the journey was to the Mên-an-Tol. Believed to have once been a part of a larger stone circle, the Mên-an-Tol’s original configuration is still unknown today. Legend has it that the center stone has the power to cure rickets, alleviate pain, and improve fertility. A piskie (pixie) is said to guard the Mên-an-Tol and is responsible for making these miraculous cures possible.
A short distance from the Mên-an-Tol are the remains of a megalithic tomb called the Lanyon Quoit. Originally supported by four stones, the structure was once tall enough for a person on horseback to ride underneath.
In 1815, the Lanyon Quoit was knocked down during a storm and it took the locals nine years to raise enough money to have it resurrected. Unfortunately, one of the stones was beyond repair and they were unable to use it. The Lanyon Quoit now stands with only three stones supporting the top slab.
A late Neolithic stone circle known as The Merry Maidens lies about 5 miles outside of Penzance. Two megaliths known as The Pipers are also located to the north-east of the circle and local legend states that these standing stones are the remains of nineteen maidens and two pipers that were turned to stone for dancing and playing music on the Sabbath.
Lizards Point, or ‘an Lysardh’ meaning ‘the high court’ in Cornish, is the most southerly point of mainland England. On July 29th, 1588, it was at Lizard Point where the English first sighted the Spanish Armada that had been sent to usurp Queen Elizabeth.
Lizards Point was often the starting point for many ocean-going vessels in spite of its reputation as being one of Britain’s most infamous shipping hazards.
The SW Coastal Footpath stretches between Lizards Point and Kynance Cove. The path provides gorgeous views of the ocean for the entire 2-mile hike.
Kynance Cove is owned and maintained by the National Trust and is known for its stunning oceanic views, as well as its unique geology and botany.
St Michael’s Mount is a small tidal island located in Mount’s Bay. The Cornish name for the island is Karrek Loos yn Koos, which translates to “the grey rock in a wood”. The name has long thought to be reminiscent of a time when the rock was surrounded by forest before the area was flooded. Recent storms have revealed the remnants of an ancient forest under the bay and through radiocarbon dating of the petrified wood, geologist’s have been able to determine that a woodland existed around the mount between 4000 and 6000 years ago.
Across the bay from St Michaels Mount you will find our friends, Vaporized. If you are in the area, feel free to stop in to see their manager Sarah Murphy for all of your favorite MBV products.
Join me in two weeks when I will be visiting central Cornwall in the town of St. Austell. Don’t forget to follow us on all your favorite social media platforms (
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