West Cornwall, Coastal Gem

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A quick guide to the best bits of this end of the beautiful and varied county of Cornwall; written by a native hopelessly in love with this rugged,treasure trove of a place.

Why West Cornwall?

West Cornwall is a wonderful place to holiday, particularly if you enjoy coastal scenery, fine sandy beaches, exotic gardens or adventurous sports such as surfing or sailing or love the ancient and mysterious.

Discovering the Coast

For those who love to walk wild paths by the sea, the stunning rugged coastline of the North coast is unsurpassed. Land's End not only has beautiful scenery but an undercover theme park exploring both the history of Cornwall (including mining,fishing and smuggling) and its contemporary life too. The coastal path takes in enchanting coves and tiny fishing villages such as Penberth and Lamorna and passes The Minack, an amazing outdoor theatre perched on the cliffs at Porthcurno. http://www.minack.com/
Nearby in the village is the fascinating and interactive Porthcurno Telegraph museum where you can learn about the history of international cable communications
http://www.porthcurno.org.uk/ On the north coast past Land's End there is a beautiful stretch of coastline with rugged cliffs and fine sandy beaches particularlySennen, St Ives,Carbis Bay Hayle and Gwithian where there are many sites to camp or stay in chalets if you are looking for a budget holiday.
Sailing,surfing,windsurfing, kayaking, climbing and pony trekking are all sports to be enjoyed hereabouts. There are many places where you can hire equipment and book tuition for these activities particularly in the Sennen or Marazion area.

Amazing sub-tropical Gardens

If gardens are your thing, West Cornwall's unique climate is home to many gems. Check out Trengwainton, Trewidden and the new Tremenheere Sculpture gardens all near Penzance and of course St Michael's Mount has unique gardens as well as stunning views of Mount's Bay and the surrounding coastline. While based in the area, take a trip to mid Cornwall and visit The Lost Gardens of Heligan and of course, the world famous Eden Project

Ancient villages and ritual sites

If you have a historical bent,evidence of the ancient peoples of this part of the world is easy to find here.There are myriad sites, including whole prehistoric villages, burial chambers and stone circles as well as holy wells forts and celtic crosses, often right next to main roads. If you have time, visit Chysauster village near Newmill (Penzance) Lanyon Quoit and the Men an Tol near Madron, and Boscawen-Un and the Merry Maidens stone circles, all quite near each other..

Haven for Artists

The unique quality of light hereabouts coupled with the very special landscape
has attracted artists since the nineteenth century.The two main centres were Newlyn and St Ives and there is still a strong artistic community resident here. So,should you be inrterested in art, among the many galleries there is The Tate St Ives which displays contemporary British art and international art as well as running the Barbara Hepworth garden and Studio, and in Penzance, the Penlee House Museum houses a collection of Newlyn School Art from the 19th and 20th century and some fine examples of Newlyn Copper, from the Art and Crafts period of British art.

Pasties and Cream

There is a huge variety of good food in West Cornwall, from high end restaurants, little cafes to the celebrated Pasty, cream teaor Newlyn fish and chips. Something for everyone! Particularly good is the Coastguard restaurant in Mousehole, ArchieBrown's vegetarian cafe in Penzance, and not-to-be-missed Jelbert's home made ice cream in Newlyn (Easter to October only)This is the best ice cream ever,(in my opinion) served with an optional dollop of clotted cream and or a chocolate flake. Buy one, and then go and sit by the statue of the fisherman on Newlyn Green overlooking Mount's Bay and St Michael's Mount. Enjoy!


Ancient History, Artists, Beach Resort, Cream Tea, Family Fun, Gardens, Historic, Holiday Destinations Surfing Destinations, Horseback Riding, Nature, Pasty, Sailing, Scenery, Walking

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I have been in teaching, farming and youth work to name just a few occupations. Currently,I do voluntary work mentoring young people. I sing, write poetry and teach computing skills to older people.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
6th Jun 2013 (#)

so very beautiful this part of our country...many thanks for sharing this...

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author avatar vozpop
6th Jun 2013 (#)

It is always a pleasure to talk about Cornwall! Thank you for your comment :)

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author avatar Penny W-T
7th Jun 2013 (#)

This is a lovely piece and brings back lots of memories of holidays when my children were young that we spent exploring these parts. I love the ancient history places and we used to sit on Marazion beach eating cornish pasties !

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author avatar vozpop
7th Jun 2013 (#)

Thank you ! Marazion is a lovely safe beach for children...I hope the seagulls didn't try to pinch your pasties !

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