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Permanent Tourist

A personal website by Mark Howells-Mead

The St. Ives light

St. Ives, Cornwall

The fishing village of St. Ives is no longer a village. Its character changed in the second  half of the nineteenth century, when fishing declined and the new railway brought the first artists. These days, the town is mobbed by tourists and most are forced to abandon their car or coach in a massive car park on top… (Read More)

St. Michael’s Mount, Marazion

St. Michael's Mount, Marazion

The small tidal island off the coast of southern Cornwall called St. Michael’s Mount has been home to the St. Aubyn family since the middle of the sixteenth century. The island, which is connected to the nearby mainland by a man-made granite causeway at low tide, is a smaller version of the acutely similar Mont Saint-Michel… (Read More)

A place of irregular marriages

Gretna Green, Scotland

The small town of Gretna Green, which lies alongside the M6/A74M on the border between Scotland and England, is one of the most popular wedding destinations in the world.

Ullswater, at last

Ullswater, Cumbria

Perfect photographic conditions on the shores of Ullswater in the Cumbrian Lake District last week.

Lizard Point, Cornwall

Lizard Point, Cornwall

As time goes on, we’re getting to see more and more new parts of the U.K. One goal we’ve set ourselves is to visit all of the most remote corners of the British “mainland”, as well as more remote spots on outlying islands when we can. We’ve already visited John o’Groats and Dunnet Head –… (Read More)

Tintagel Not-Castle

Tintagel, Cornwall

I was a little disappointed that the “castle” at Tintagel was little more than a few bits of wall at the coast. (I suppose I have been spoiled by the castle ruins at Dunnotar and Tantallon.) Our walk along the coast path, doing battle with the wind, was lovely anyway, with foxgloves (a memory from… (Read More)

Trebarwith Strand

Trebarwith Strand, Cornwall

We recently spent a lovely couple of weeks on holiday, touring the south of England and spending a full week in Cornwall. On arrival at the self-catering cottage we’d booked, we chose to make things easy for ourselves and head to the Port William Inn for a pub dinner in one of the few buildings at the seaward… (Read More)

Floodlit as in olden days

A reminiscent photo of St. Paul’s Cathedral, which I only took because of a fortuitous London downpour.

Invergordon, Scotland

Invergordon, a small town on the Cromarty Firth in the north of Scotland, which relies heavily on the local oil industry.

Brora beach

Brora, Scotland

A winter visit to the large beach at Brora, in the far north of Scotland.