Driving to Cornwall from Bath UK

Driving to Cornwall from Bath UK

We sadly say good-bye to Bath, and head on our UK Road trip towards Cornwall. We don’t like Motorways, so most of the way we take back roads.  By chance we see a sign toward Cheddar, and head there.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Cheddar Gorge

Here the Cheddar Gorge is before us in all its magnificent glory.

We wanted to go in and see how they mature the cheeses in the caves, but at about $40 a ticket we decide to go to the Cheese Factory down the road instead. That is two pounds a ticket.

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Exploramum and Explorason – The Cheddar Gorge Cheese Factory – outside

Inside Explorason has his daily dose of education.

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Exploramum and Explorason – The Cheddar Gorge Cheese Factory – Making Cheese #1

We watch as the process begins for making the daily cheeses.

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Exploramum and Explorason – The Cheddar Gorge Cheese Factory – Making Cheese #2

He is pretty keen on learning the cheese making process.

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Exploramum and Explorason – The Cheddar Gorge Cheese Factory – Making Cheese #3

He dashes from window to window, reading, listening and learning. We learn the cheeses weigh 20 to 25 kg here as well.

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Exploramum and Explorason – The Cheddar Gorge Cheese Factory – Making Cheese #4

Here he watches the packaging of the cheese.  These men seem to have worked here for years – and Explorason loves to watch and learn.

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Exploramum and Explorason – The Cheddar Gorge Cheese Factory – Making Cheese #5

It is an interactive place. Butter churns are on the window ledge.  Lots to see.

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Exploramum and Explorason – The Cheddar Gorge Cheese Factory – Making Cheese #6

We finish off with buying some lovely cheese and pickles to keep for our picnic.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Minehead

We then head on to Minehead.  This is a pretty coastal town.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Dunster

After that we see Dunster.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Dunster Main Street

I wish we had longer here, but we have a long days drive.

As we leave Dunster, we adore the old English thatched roof cottages.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Dunster thatched roof cottage

Next stop is in the county of Devon.  Here is an old pub called Hoops.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Hoops Pub

Below us is an old working well with water running through it, and so we get a bit nervous and move from this table. Well not really!  We want a window view.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Hoops Pub – inside

So Devonshire Cream Tea is a must in Devon.  I feel so stuffed after this. The cream on the scones is so thick!

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Exploramum and Explorason – Hoops Pub – Devonshire Tea #1

We don’t want to leave but it is after 4 p.m. and so I am sure we waddled out of there. My tummy hurt from too much rich food.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Hoops Pub – Devonshire Tea #2

We finally arrive out of Penzance to a tiny beach side YHA and we get our dorm room for the night.

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Exploramum and Explorason – YHA Private room

It may be 8 p.m. but it is still light so we head to the beach.  It is a pretty horse-shoe bay.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Cornwall Beach #1

The view from the rocks at the top is magnificent, and you can see why Londoners have their holiday homes here.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Cornwall Beach #2

We head back towards the YHA and there they have a great “kids eat free” deal, so we order dinner – a small dinner.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Cornwall YHA

As the sun sets over the sea, I am surprised at how many older people are at the YHA (near Padstow).

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Exploramum and Explorason – Sunset over Cornwall’s Beach

We are all sitting around and talking to each other.  It is lovely and a great way to end a long, full day.

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