Monday 24th September
Left Camborne around 830am and headed to Looe a village I had visited during the LEJOG adventure 2 years ago. On the way we noticed the signs to the EDEN Project so decided to have a quick look. In the end we stayed for the whole morning as it had so much to see and enjoy. The EP is a charity based project which has converted a disused quarry site to a fantastic example of what can be achieved using state of the art horticulture, landscape constructions and green technologies.
A significant part of the gardens are inside massive biomes or dome shaped green houses where the irrigation, wind and temperatures are regulated to replicate key environments found around the world. The rainforest biome was huge and felt like the coastal rainforests in northern Queensland both in humidity and the flourishing vegetation. The Mediterranean biome was a little smaller but my favourite with it showing examples of both natural and man made landscapes and vegetation. Some Western Australian landscapes were also represented under the Mediterranean theme.
In the end we we left around 1pm and continued our travels to Looe where we had fish and chips in the pretty coastal village built around a tidal inlet full of colourful boats all anchored in the mud as it was low tide during our visit.
We then travelled onto Honiton where we had booked 2 more nights so we can explore the East Devon area tomorrow.
This hotel is probably our only poor choice to date as it turns out it is changing hands later in the week and the current owners don’t seem really interested and keep telling us they have run out of this and that. They had an empty Guinness tap. Unforgivable and will need to noted on the bookings.com review.