PENZANCE is the gate of Land's End, and the Great Western Railway Company holds the key.
The drive from Penzance to Sennen, the last and therefore the first village in England—the real village of Land's End—is an up-and-down one, even switchbacky at places, and very sinuous. In several places it winds sharply like the curves in a capital " S." I am glad to say that recently many of these exceedingly sharp angles and quite dangerous curves have been rounded off, and the highway in consequence much improved in safeness and easy going for horse and motor vehicle. What did in old days does not suit the present time of rapid motors and much increased traffic.
The Penzance road going to Land's End passes, just on leaving the town, the municipal buildings and Town Hall on the right—a fine edifice well set back from the road where is also a small museum of antiquities—chiefly local.
At the commencement the way is through some fine Gothic arches of trees and past high-banked hedges where grow luxuriantly honeysuckle, ferns, and bramble. The mildness of the climate is evidenced at once by the dracenas, aloes, castor-oil plants, Australian gum trees, and other quite sub-tropical plants growing in the open in gardens and on the hedges on the outskirts of the town.
At the foot of one of the hills are a pretty avenue of trees and a trout stream, a bridge, and one or two picturesque cottages. Buryas Bridge is one of those picture bits which have often been seen at the Royal Academy and at other picture shows, it being quite handy for the little colony of artists resident at Newlyn close by.
As we near Sennen the landscape becomes tame and flat, Buryan Church is seen on the left, and Sennen Church also, long before it is near.
Houses scattered about over the bare, moor-like downs c 17