The Area

West Penwith


West Penwith or The Land’s End Peninsular is situated in the far South West of Cornwall and is, arguably, the most picturesque area of the county.  As the county tapers towards Land’s End, surrounded by the great Atlantic Sea, you almost feel as if you are standing on an island surveying the mighty ocean.  The Peninsular has diverse land and seascape with hidden sandy coves – some of which are only accessible by scrambling down rocky cliff paths.  It boasts long golden beaches, ancient moorland, rolling farmland, stone or iron age settlements & monuments galore and engine houses –  the remains of the great tin industry –  which dominate the ancient landscape, a reminder of Cornwall’s rich industrial past.

A few miles north of Land’s End lies St Just, a small town which was once the mining centre of the area, a walk down towards the  sea will bring you to Cape Cornwall, the most westerly point in England and the only cape in England.  It rises 229 feet above sea level and from the top it affords views towards Land’s End and The Isles of Scilly.

The Peninsular lies in the path of the Gulf Stream and therefore rarely suffers from extreme cold temperatures – frost and snow are scarcely experienced in this part of the county – and, as a result, sub tropical plants and trees flourish in the area.  Examples of the rare and exotic flora can be seen in local gardens open to the public such as Trengwainton (NT), Trewidden or The Tresco Abbey Gardens which are on The Isle of Tresco in The Scilly Isles, a ferry or helicopter journey away from Penzance.

Penzance is the principal town of West Penwith and, located in Mount’s Bay with St Michael’s Mount as its backdrop, is an ideal location for exploring the surrounding area.  It has the fortunate position of having a main line train station with direct connections to London, The Midlands & The North and to regional stations throughout the county and South West.  A particularly enjoyable and picturesque journey is from Penzance via St Erth to St Ives.

There is so much to do and see in this special part of Cornwall, whether it be walking along the miles of coastal paths, taking part in water sports, including surfing, dolphin and whale spotting, bird watching, cycling on the cycle paths and routes, relaxing on the numerous beaches, visiting the Minack Theatre at Porthcurno or the myriad of art galleries – there is something for everyone.

We wish you a warm welcome to West Penwith – you won’t be disappointed.





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