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With winding cobbled alleys, quaint cottages, lobster-pot laden quay complete with bobbing boats in crystal clear waters, Mousehole is the very essence of a Cornish picture postcard scene. Steeped in history and firmly entrenched in Cornwall’s fishing heritage, Mousehole today boasts a small community of friendly locals and working fishermen, and is largely a conservation area, as is much of the beautiful countryside and coast that surround it. The art galleries, craftshops, cafes and award-winning restaurants belie the tranquil nature of the village.
With the working harbour at Newlyn, the busy, authentic market town of Penzance, and former artists colony St Ives just a short distance away, Mousehole is perfectly placed to explore Britain’s most South Westerly promontory.
Some of the world’s most stunning seascapes, coastline and views, and miles of award-winning beaches are to be found just a few strides away. The famous quality of light transforms the Atlantic waters to turquoise, and rolling waves draw people here from all over the globe.
Lush wooded valleys, wild gorse-covered moorlands. A rugged coastline filled with craggy ravines and smugglers coves. Gentle freshwater streams and anenome-studded rockpools. Peaceful meadows and windswept hedgerows rich with native plants. Cornwall’s landscape, flora and fauna is as abundant as it is varied… and all here on your doorstep.
There are nine areas of woodlands within the Penwith peninsula and the entire region has been designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There are in fact 12 separate geographical AONBs covering nearly 1000 square miles in the county, and some of Cornwall’s mining landscape has been given UNESCO world heritage status.
Foodies will thrive here as Cornwall’s culinary scene is positively burgeoning. A selection of stellar chefs, excellent eateries and passionate local food producers are ensuring the county’s place on the gourmet map. Food fairs, real ale festivals and regular farmer’s markets are held throughout the year. Penzance, Newlyn and St Ives have gorgeous delicatessens and there are many individual farm-based speciality shops selling local organic produce. There is a wide selection of restaurants for all tastebuds; from fine dining and award-winning restaurants to gastro pubs, quaint tea rooms, great fish and chips and cool beachy cafes. Don’t forget to sample the traditional mead and saffron cake, homemade pasties and cream teas. The catch of the day couldn’t be fresher, with mussels, sea bass, mackerel, oysters, lobster and crab landed locally. There are small specialist breweries for real ale enthusiasts, and wine and cider lovers can visit local farms and vineyards for samplings and tours.
Mousehole has it’s own selection of fine restaurants; 2Fore street, The Cornish Range, and The Old Coastguard Hotel. The Ship pub serves tasty homely food. For more basic fare from cream teas to fry-ups explore the village’s numerous cafes, while the local chippy sells delicious fish and chips (and mushy peas!). Within a coastal walk or short drive there are several pubs serving delicious trouser stretching meals.
You’re free to do as much or as little as you choose – near or far adventures by foot or by car, from obvious attractions to singular and eccentric treats. With its temperate climate, Atlantic aspect, waves, bays and beaches, Cornwall offers a plethora of delights – anything from high octane water sports to more gentle pursuits like swimming, sunbathing or just good old fashioned relaxing.
On the water, sailors, surfers, kayakers, divers, water-skiiers and anglers can expect to be kept busy. In season qualified instructors give lessons to suit a multitude of capabilities. For a truly Cornish experience, why not spend a day on a restored traditional Lugger?
The countryside is latticed with hundreds of miles of recreational trails and footpaths, and there are nearly 200 miles of coastal path along “The Cornish Way’. This stretches from Bude to Land’s End; an extensive network of pilgrim paths taking you over hills, moorland and woodland, along country lanes, coastal paths, across streams, and through the ancient landscape of Penwith. Take your pick from gentle meandering strolls to challenging hikes.
Mousehole is on the National Cycle Network, a beautiful coast-to-coast trail that slices through spectacular and historic scenery. Guided routes and cycle hire are available nearby.

  • Go golfing, climbing, pony trekking and horse riding in some of the most stunning landscape one can experience.
  • Forage over cliffs and in hedgerows on ‘Wild Food Weekends’, or explore the countryside through walks and talks with The Wildlife Trust.
  • Pop over to the Scilly Isles for lunch; Britain’s answer to the Caribbean is just a short ferry, plane or helicopter ride away. Experience dolphins, puffins, subtropical gardens, fine restaurants and superbly beautiful landscapes on this ‘lost in time’ archipelago.
  • Why not see the peninsula from above ? Take an aerial flight from Land’s End airport for a proper seagull’s view.
  • Travel by steam in Bodmin and Launceston, go falconing at Screech Owl sanctuary, see seals at Gweek or scare yourself on a lantern-lit ghost walk.
With the Newlyn, Lamorna and St Ives Schools, Cornwall has long since established itself at the vanguard of British art, and the legacies of giants such as Stanhope Forbes, Alfred Wallace and Ben Nicholson are still strong today.
For serious collectors, connoisseurs, and the curious alike, there are plenty of museums and galleries to fill your days. The Tate St Ives, Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden, Penlee House, and Newlyn Exchange showcase local and modern artists and host regular exhibitions. It is also worthwhile milling around the numerous smaller independent galleries in the area (indeed just about every village has a selection of diverse art on display).
If you fancy a go yourself, St Ives and Callington School of Art and Camborne College offer day long art classes and drop in courses.
The open air Minack theatre carved high into the cliffs at Porthcurno above the ocean provides a stunning setting to outdoor performances, especially at sunset or in starlight (do book ahead!). Penzance’s Acorn Theatre offers regular performances and productions in theatre, music, and dance, as does St Ives Arts Club and Truro’s Hall for Cornwall. Look out for various artists and events at The Eden Project too.
Cornwall is greedy when it comes to gorgeous gardens. Due to its sheltered coast and mild climate, this most Westerly peninsula has its very own ecosystem, supporting huge horticultural diversity and allowing mediterranean, tropical and exotic plants to flourish. There are numerous places to visit – too many to name comprehensively but some nearby noteworthy ones are Trengwainton, Trewidden and Godolphin. Further afield there are Trelissick, Trebah, Glendurgan, The Lost Gardens of Heligan, and the tropical Abbey gardens on Scilly. And of course, not forgetting the famous geodesic attraction of Eden.
Cornwall’s ancient Celtic landscape is adorned with a legacy of prehistoric and historic remains, from foguos, quiots, barrows, stone circles, celtic crosses and holy wells to medieval castles and chapels. The mines, engine houses, foundries and quarries from the 18th and 19th centuries are haunting reminders of Cornwall’s industrial heritage.
There is an array of stately homes, historic houses and estates to visit. Some of our nearest are Prideaux Place, Godolphin house and St Michael’s Mount. Further afield are Lanhydrock, Cotehele and Antony amongst many others. There are curious and quirky museums such as Boscastle’s Museum of Witchcraft, Charlestown Shipwreck collection, Zennor’s Folk Museum and Penzance’s History of Lighthouses.