This is a land of mystery and magic and still echoes of pagan ritual and superstition. From stone circles to Celtic crosses and smugglers' haunts, the feeling of the mystical and unknown are all around. The transition continues — from pagan past and the traditional livelihoods of farming, fishing and mining to the present day. Still in evidence are the ancient stones, tiny fishing coves, crumbling mine buildings and former miners' granite cottages.
Cadgwith is a small fishing village on the eastern coast of the Lizard Peninsula, just north of the Lizard itself, the most southerly point in Britain. It has the unusual feature of a double cove — the swimming beach and the fishing beach are separated by a rocky outcropping, called The Todden
A mixture of
long sandy beaches, high cliffs and smugglers coves, A haven for bathers and surfers alike. Superb coast-path walking where wildflowers and wildlife abound and seals are a common sight.
Gwithian is a little village lying almost at sea-level on the coast between Hayle and Portreath; a pretty, tranquil place with a church and an inn. The surrounding area of dunes and beach is very popular for camping-caravaning. In mediaeval times this was an important settlement area, but always subject to shifting sand, which eventually claimed the once prominent village of Conerton, now buried.
Hayle is in the crescent of St Ives Bay surrounded by three miles of golden soft sand stretching to
Godrevy Lighthouse With panoramic views of St Ives, Carbis Bay and Godrevy Lighthouse.
The Towans, Cornish for sand dunes, stand proud for all to see and are a rich source of wildlife and offer enjoyable coastal walks and fun for all the family. This great beach offers scope for everyone from surfers to sunbathers, The beach is excellent for swimming, with shallow pools for younger children to paddle in and is Patrolled by lifeguards during the summer months. Click Here for Hayle Website
A small rocky beach with a quay. Sand at low tide. There are spectacular views on the coast path to the west but the coast path is rocky.
Situated between the beautiful beach of Porthcurno and the picturesque village of Mousehole, Famous in the past for its granite quarry, this isolated hamlet was immortalised by the artist Lamorna Birch who was one of the Newlyn School of Artists attracted to this cove between 1880 and 1910
Land's End - a place of stunning scenery and fabled views where magnificent cliffs overlook the powerful, surging Atlantic. A place of natural beauty where you might see wild flowers, seabirds - even seals. A place of legend and mystery with 5 superb pay as you go attractions bringing you ancient tales of heroism, skullduggery and adventure Click Here for Lands End Website
Perhaps best known for the imposing fairy tale like island castle of St Michael's Mount. Located 4 miles east of the bustling town of Penzance and less than 8 miles south of St Ives , Marazion is an ideal base for exploring this beautiful part of Cornwall Marazion itself has a variety of shops, galleries, pubs, cafes and restaurants, not to mention an abundance of places to stay. Click here for Marazion
Mousehole is located just three miles westward around Mounts Bay from Penzance and is one of the most beautiful coastal villages in Britain. Happily, it has remained largely unspoiled by the developments of the 20th Century and it continues to present the image of the classic Cornish fishing village of bygone days. The village, whose name is pronounced "Mowzel", is centered around a nearly circular harbour protected from the force of the sea coming across Mounts Bay by two sturdy breakwaters. Today there still remain some fishing boats based in the harbour while these are augmented by pleasure craft to make the vista of the harbour peaceful and idyllic. Click Here for Mousehole Website
Newlyn is home to one of the second largest largest fishing fleets in the UK, with over 40 acres of harbour. The industry is one of the most important in the county, contributing millions of pounds to the Cornish economy each year. All sorts of fishing vessels can be seen in the harbour - beam trawlers, long liners, crabbers and even small open boats used for hand-lining for mackerel in the Bay. The harbour is overlooked by white painted or stone faced granite cottages, separated by narrow alleys often too steep or narrow for a motor car.
The ancient market town of Penzance is the Capital of the far west of Cornwall and is set in beautiful Mounts Bay - a body of water dominated by the grandeur of St. Michael's Mount. Located just 10 miles from Land's End, an area of Celtic culture and outstanding natural beauty surrounds the town. Named "Pen Sans" in the ancient Cornish language, meaning "Holy Headland", referring to the headland to the western side of the harbour on which a chapel was established by early Christians well over 1000 years ago.
The Porthcurno valley leads down to the glorious Porthcurno Bay and its golden beach. Porthcurno is probably most famous for the Minack open-air theatre which is attracting increasing numbers of visitors, but it was for many years, until very recently, also the home of Cable and Wireless who had a telegraphy training school here. There is now a very interesting museum and art gallery on part of the old site. Another well known feature is Treryn Dinas, a spectacular granite headland crowned by the Logan Rock, a massive boulder that once rocked to the touch of a finger.
A mile long sandy beach with some rocky patches.The beach is divided into two areas, the eastern and western ends. The eastern end consists of mainly rocks and rock pools. The western end is more sandy and is where the amenities can be found. These consist of café/restaurant, toilets, shops, a camp site and even a pub.There is a large car park available which means the beach can get very busy during the summer months. There is a life guard service in operation covering the western end of the beach during the summer months. The beach is popular with local surfers all year round but be careful as there can be some strong currents around.
St. Ives is one of the most famous holiday towns in Cornwall it has Crystal blue waters, the surf, the golden sands, year round sub-tropical temperatures and the warmth of the local welcome. Today, as for centuries before, life centres around the harbour where fishing boats still moor alongside granite piers, their catch being sent around the world and earning an enviable reputation for its quality and variety in some of the finest restaurants.
As well as its tradition of fishing, St. Ives is world famous as an art centre and studios, shops and galleries are everywhere. St. Ives during the summer months is a blaze of colour. Radiating from the harbour, its maze of narrow cobbled streets are filled with flowers
Standing above the spectacular Cape Cornwall, St. Just is the most westerly town in England. In the 19th Century the town thrived on tin and copper mining and this is reflected in the town's granite buildings and handsome church. Today the town has numerous restaurants, pubs and cafes.
The village of Zennor, on the Atlantic coast of Cornwall, lies only a few miles from the town of St Ives. It is bounded on one side by high, wild and rocky cliffs, and on the other by rugged, boulder-strewn, granite hills (Zennor Hill had a stone quarry, and much of St Ives was built with its stone, as was the Falmouth Harbour walls). Low farmhouses huddle close together in the brooding landscape of this wild and windswept coast; habitation here dates back to the early Bronze Age, 4000 years ago,
as can be seen from the irregular, small, granite-walled field patterns.
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