Experience the image of this enchanting tiny Cornish fishing village, and the surrounding area.
Located 3 miles from Penzance, on the westward edge of Mount’s Bay, renowned as one of the most beautiful bays in the world, with views across the bay to St. Michael’s Mount. Continuing westward on the B3315, LAND’S END is about 10 miles from Mousehole.
Mousehole is considered to be one of the most charismatic and beautiful coastal fishing villages in Britain, virtually unchanged by modern day life. Cottages, nestled and huddled round the edge of the almost circular granite walled harbour, Cornwall’s earliest breakwater and begun in 1393 or thereabouts, is now incorporated into South Quay, yet is still easily identifiable with its massive irregular blocks of stone, leading you away from the harbours edge into a maze of narrow, winding cobbled lanes and alleyways, filled with magic and charm to tempt you at every turn.
The village offers a general village store/newsagent, a post office, a fine selection of small art galleries of local artists work, gift and craft shops and local Pub – THE SHIP INN . Choices of places to eat in the village whether it be a pasty, Cornish cream tea or fish and chips whilst sat on the harbour from the local fish and chip shop, or dinner for two in any of the exclusive little cafes and restaurants within the village, particularly 2 FORE STREET, THE CORNISH RANGE.
Sit awhile on one of the 2 small sheltered sandy beaches within the harbour; take in the atmosphere of the local fishermen coming and going, tending their little colourful boats bobbing about in the harbour. Enjoy a home made Cornish Ice Cream from the family run village ice cream parlour and wonder at the pace of daily life of this characterful and unspoilt place.
St Clement’s Isle - a small rocky island, just offshore outside the harbour, where it is believed there once lived an ancient hermit, look out for seals and sea birds. The famous MOUSEHOLE WILD BIRD HOSPITAL AND SANCTUARY founded in 1928, is situated about 100 yards up Raginnis Hill, on the West side of the village helping about 1500 birds each year.
Leading up a steep lane inland from Mousehole harbour takes you to the appealing little village of PAUL perched on top of the hill. The magnificent Church of St Pol de Leon, enriched in local history,whose tower for centuries has been a well-known fishing-mark, is set amid the delightful little cottages, overseeing the surrounding countryside. Village pub, THE KINGS ARMS INN, offering traditional home cooked meals and a friendly welcome.
Miles of magnificent coastal paths waiting to be discovered by you in an ‘Area of outstanding Natural Beauty’ officially designated by The National Trust. One of its most beautiful stretches on the Land’s End Peninsula is the path from Mouseholewesterly to LAMORNA COVE approx 3 miles.
Along this area of cliff, which is sheltered from the South westerly winds, can be seen many tiny fields, which were formerly used to grow early daffodils, violets and anemones for market. Left long ago to grow wild, but many of the cultivated flowers have become naturalized along the cliffs, which add to the amazing proliferation of wild flowers to be seen on your walk. The breathtaking coastal scenery, the sight of the wild life around you – birds, butterflies – magical!
Rest a while at Lamorna - its terraced café serving refreshments and light lunches, or wander up the hill through the beautiful valley, for a fresh crab sandwich at THE LAMORNA WINK INN. The coastal path leads further on towards PENBERTH COVE and PORTHCURNO, with THE MINACK THEATRE - Stunning coastline! So, remember your walking boots, binoculars and camera!
THE LOGAN ROCK INN, TREEN, 3 1/2 miles from Land's End. A pub lovers inn full of character, warm and friendly and dating from 17th Century. Close to South West Coastal Path and the famous Headland Logan Rock - stunning views!
Look out for the lovely brown ladies of Treen!
NEWLYN about 1 mile from Mousehole, is really worth a visit. Very much a fishing and art community. The largest fish landing port in England and Wales, fishing fleet of around 200 vessels, varying in size, and early morning fish market. Explore the little cobbled alleys and admire the lovely fishermen’s cottages decorated with pretty flowers. Taste fish dishes prepared from locally caught fish at THE SMUGGLERS RESTAURANT overlooking the harbour and Mount's Bay. Nearest supermarket to Mousehole, is a small CO-OP in Newlyn.
Famous Artists such as Stanhope Forbes and Walter Langley were inspired by the life of Newlyn, known as ‘the Newlyn School’. Stanhope Forbes and his wife Elizabeth set up an Art school, The Newlyn School of Artists in 1899. Newlyn Art Gallery dating from 1894, reopened July 2007. A collection of paintings from these artists and others, are exhibited at PENLEE HOUSE Gallery and Museum, Penzance - their cafe and terrace 'The Orangery' not to be missed.
PENZANCE, 3 miles from Mousehole is the main shopping centre in the area, to include Tesco open 24 hours. Offers a diverse range of galleries, cafes, pubs and restaurants, leisure centre and the famous Art deco style Jubilee Pool built in 1935, recently modernized to be found on the rocky coast between harbour and promenade.
MARAZION claimed to be the oldest town in Britain, certainly one of the oldest chartered towns in Cornwall. Charming cottages, galleries and cafes, situated on Mount’s Bay surrounded by beautiful, safe and clean sandy beaches.Pause a while for a drink or meal at THE GODOLPHIN ARMS positioned at the end of the Causeway, a must to be viewed! Take in the atmosphere of ST MICHAEL’S MOUNT, rising majestically from the sea; it is the jewel in Cornwall’s crown, accessed at low tide on foot across the cobbled Causeway, or by a small fleet of ferry boats at high tide.
MOUSEHOLE – BUS SERVICE – Local Bus No 6 runs to and from Penzance Bus Station through Newlyn to Mousehole, twice an hour during daytime, and once an hour after 6pm.
PARKING in Mousehole in the nearby harbour car park about 100 yards from property, charge of approx £3.00 per day.
SEA,SALTS AND SAIL MARITIME FESTIVAL is held every other year. Over a three day period beginning of July, to keep the Maritime heritage alive in this village, which was once one of the main fishing ports in South West England. Next Festival July 2012.
Mousehole is a very special place at Christmas – during the last 40 years the pretty harbour, cottages and all round the village have been decorated with a spectacular and dazzling display of lights and illuminations. All put together voluntarily by the villagers to raise funds for charity. Remembering the crew of the Penlee Lifeboat Solomon Browne who gave their lives on the night of 19th December 1981, trying to assist the MV Union Star. Sadly, the crew and passengers were also lost in the tragedy. The lights are switched off for one hour during the evening of 19th December each year
Tom Bawcock’s Eve is remembered on 23rd December, with the unique Star Gazey Pie prepared and served in The Ship Inn.
OTHER USEFUL LINKS FOR YOUR INTEREST
Location of beaches and coves in this area:
www.cornwalltour.co.uk Informative and interesting website.
www.simplyscilly.co.uk The Isles of Scilly. Possibly Britain's best - kept secret. A Sub-Tropical Paradise, 28 miles SW of Land's End.