From Land’s End along the south Cornish coast there are numerous beautiful bays and headlands to be found. A myriad of picturesque fishing villages are strung out along this coast and most of them are well worth a visit.
At Sennen Cove ‘the last village in England’ it’s just a short stroll to the tip of Land’s End with its view of the Longships Lighthouse out on the reef. The Lighthouse, originally built in 1795, has been unmanned since 1988 but still provides a warning to local shipping. The waters surrounding it are very popular with divers.
Carry on past Mousehole and Newlyn and you will discover the lively town of Penzance with its numerous hostelries and shops. Among its most famous inns are the Turk’s Head on Chapel Street and the 17th century Admiral Benbow – a fine place to stop for a pint and a pasty! If you wish to visit the Isles of Scilly you can either take the ferry or a helicopter from Penzance to St.Marys – the largest of the islands.
A couple of miles further up the coast you will see St. Michael’s Mount which can be reached by a causeway at low tide – take care to leave enough time for the return journey or alternatively you can take the ferry.
The next stretch of coast has lots of small bays including Gunwalloe Cove, Dollar Cove, Pollurian Cove and my personal favourite, Mullion Cove.
Just past The Lizard (the most southerly headland in England) is the pretty fishing village of Cadgwith. Complete with thatched cottages, brightly coloured fishing boats, a quaint old village inn – this really is the quintessential Cornish village.
Tourists have been visiting Falmouth since the end of the 19th century thanks to the arrival of the railway. There’s plenty to see from Pendennis Castle up on the headland to the beautiful National Trust gardens at Trelissick House and, of course, the National Maritime Museum. The museum is situated in the new waterside square and was opened in 2002. It is five stories high and has a huge collection of naval craft spread through its fifteen galleries.
Another highlight along this coast is the world famous Eden Project just outside St.Austell. It contains the largest indoor rainforest in the world as well as a huge Mediterranean Garden where you can stroll through olive groves and lemon trees and pass under hanging vines. It’s a wonderful day out for the whole family and they often put on special events and they even have story–telling sessions.
All in all I think south Cornwall is an absolutely wonderful place to visit – why not try it yourself?