The G7 Summit officially begins today in Carbis Bay, Cornwall.
The United States President Joe Biden arrived at Newquay Airport late on Wednesday night, and then drove to Carbis Bay. His official Helicopter, 'Marine One', was restricted because of the weather: a mixture of fog and light-rain known locally as 'mizzle'.
As many of the World Leaders will have helicopters at their disposal, and with Cornwall set for a sunny weekend, we thought we'd put together a little guide of the best sights for them to see and look out for from the air.
1.) St. Ives Bay
World Leaders are staying in Carbis Bay, which is itself in the much larger St. Ives Bay. This is one of the most picturesque and idyllic areas of Cornwall. Flying over this bay, leaders will see: eight miles of golden sands, Hayle Estuary, and Godrevy Lighthouse on its own island.
2.) St. Michael's Mount
President Joe Biden and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson were supposed to have a pre-G7 meeting at St. Michael's Mount, a castle on a tidal island in Mounts Bay, but this had to be changed due to the 'mizzly' weather.
Still, St. Michael's Mount is just six miles from Carbis Bay as the crow flies, and so any world leader wanting to take in this sight could be there by helicopter in just a couple of minutes.
3.) Perranporth Beach
Just sixteen miles up the coast from Carbis Bay lies Perranporth Beach. With a beautiful stretch of sand at low tide, Perranporth is the site where Christianity was first brought to England from Ireland in the 6th Century by St. Piran.
Flying up the North Coast of Cornwall to Perranporth, leaders would also get to take in the dramatic scenary that makes up Cornwall's mining heritage coast.
Just twenty miles from Carbis Bay, and on the South Coast of Cornwall, lies the historic town of Falmouth. Falmouth is one of the largest natural harbours in the world, and the deepest in Europe. The National Maritime Museum in Falmouth will be home to the International Media Centre for the G7 Summit.
4.) Carn Brea
Carn Brea by Simon Smith
Carn Brea is a landmark hill, that lies between Camborne and Redruth, that can be seen for miles around Cornwall. On top is a small Castle, and a monument to Francis Basset a mine owner.
At its peak, Cornish Mining meant that this was one of the wealthiest areas in the world. Now, however, this part of Cornwall is one of the poorest in the UK.
World Leaders might well fly over Carn Brea on the way to their banquet with the Royal Family tonight at the Eden Project.
5.) The Eden Project
Fly Over The Eden Project by Duncan Scobie
The Eden Project is the largest rainforest in captivity, and an educational charity teaching about the environmental challenges faced by humanity.
World Leaders will meet the Queen and other members of the Royal Family at the Eden project tonight for a banquet. The above video should give you some idea of what there is to be seen when flying over.
More Information on Cornwall and G7:
- Cornwall Chroisters Sing2G7
- Screen Cornwall: Behind The Postcard
- Financial Times on Inequality in Cornwall