Read and look with caution. This is a virtual section of our coastal trip, with images and blurb taken from Tourist Board and town websites.
Praa Sands visitcornwall.co.uk
When you take the short walk from the car park to Praa Sands you’ll be struck by how white the sand is, blinding so in the sunshine. Apparently, and here’s the science, the light sand is made from seashells that have been pulverised by wave action over millions of years. Located in the south west-facing bend between the Lizard and west Penwith, the mile-long sandy beach is backed with sheltering sand dunes and its easily accessible position is enjoyed by families having fun in the shallows while further out the surf brigade take on some surprisingly big waves.
Formerly called King’s Cove, is a small private estate on the coast of Mount’s Bay.
A charming little village, it consists of a church, a pub and a beach. The name is derived from the saint’s name, Piran, patron saint of Cornwall, plus the name of the local manor, Uthno. The current church dating back to the fifteenth century, is built on the site of another older church that was built in Norman times. Dating back to the 12th century is the village pub, the Victoria Inn, is alleged to be the oldest recorded inn in Cornwall and still offers quality pub food and accommodation. Perhaps the village’s biggest draw is the sandy beach of Perran Sands. About half a mile in length at low tide, the beach is flanked by cliffs.
Marazion visitcornwall.co.uk photos
With stunning views toward the Lizard Peninsula and Land’s End and its location opposite the fairy-tale castle perched on St Michael’s Mount, Marazion is a justifiably popular destination. The town claims to be the oldest town in Britain and was called Ictis by the Romans which goes someway to indicate that the area was a trading post for tin in ancient times. The ancient market town of Marazion is a great place to visit at any time of the year. The safe, sandy beach is lapped by the clear, turquoise waters of Mount’s Bay and guarded by the island fortress of St Michael’s Mount.
Famous for its pirates, well the singing variety anyway, Penzance is a historic port on the south facing shores of Mount’s Bay and has one of the mildest climates in the UK. One of the striking things about the town is the abundance of palm trees and gardens full of sub-tropical plants, a sure sign that you have arrived somewhere unique made even more special by the sight of St Michael’s Mount out to sea that seems to hover magically over the water. Wander the town’s streets and you’ll come across the fabulously decorated Egyptian House, the statue of local hero Sir Humphry Davy (pioneer of mine safety) and art galleries, book sellers and new age shops which add a slightly bohemian feel to the town while down at the harbour boat trips, sea safaris and fishing excursions provide some great seaborne activities.
Newlyn is home to one of the largest fishing fleets in the United Kingdom, 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 port was sacked and torched by a Spanish raiding party in the 16th century, then rebuilt. Today, very little of old Newlyn remains. Many of the white painted or stone-faced granite cottages, separated by steep, narrow alleys, were only saved from demolition be the outbreak of the Second World War. The medieval harbour walls are dwarfed by the hundred-year-old walls of the North and South Piers.
Popular for retaining its original character, charm and beauty, Mousehole is a tiny fishing village in West Cornwall, three miles west of Penzance. Its picturesque harbour is surrounded by narrow streets and yellow lichened houses, which huddle together creating a stunning location. Along the harbour road you’ll find galleries, gift shops and restaurants and in the harbour itself is a safe sandy beach at low tide, popular with families.
The cove has a small pebble beach beside the harbour and quay with lots of large boulders especially at low tide. A nice quiet spot for swimming and a good spot for scuba diving. You have to pay to use the car park and even if you are just turning around in it, you may be fined for not paying.
Described by some as being a paradise, Porthcurno, located in the far west of Cornwall has won many awards and it’s easy to see why. With gorgeous fine soft white sand washed by a sea that turns turquoise in the sun and high cliffs on both sides providing shelter, it’s an oasis of stunning natural beauty. The large beach, popular with families, has a stream that flows down one side which is great for kids to paddle in.