Mousehole: within 10 miles|
Mousehole is an ideal base to explore West Cornwall. There are wonderful walks, beautiful beaches and stunning scenery. The cliff-top Minack Theatre is an open air theatre with the backdrop of the sea. The Tate Gallery at St. Ives is worth a visit. St. Michael's Mount is just across the waters of Mount's Bay from Mousehole. Click to go to:
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The Isles of Scilly:
The magical Scilly Isles (left) are a cluster of small granite islands set in the clear blue Atlantic Ocean. They are 20 minutes away by helicopter ride, or 2 hours by ship, from Penzance. Or you can take a day trip from St Just with the Sky Bus plane. The subtropical climate allowing plants to thrive in the gardens of Tresco that would not survive on the mainland. Wonderful!
Towns and villages:
Newlyn (1 Mile) Newlyn is the largest fishing port in England and Wales and lies south of Penzance. You can visit the Pilchard Works, a re-creation of the pilchard packing industry.
Lamorna (2.5 miles)
Penzance (3 Miles) Penzance is situated at the northwest corner of mount's Bay facing St. Michael's Mount. Penzance is a bustling town and harbour and has Cornwall's only promenade; the climate here is so mild that palm trees and tropical plants thrive.
Marazion (6 Miles) Cornwall's oldest charter town, a cluster of cottages set among winding streets and palm trees, which overlooks Mounts Bay. Miles of golden sand with safe bathing.
Porthcurno (7 Miles) The name Porthcurno, means "Port Cornwall". Porthcurno has an exquisite beach strewn with tiny white shells. Home of the Minack theatre.
St. Just in Penwith (8 Miles) St. Just in Penwith is the mainland's most westerly town, situated next to Cape Cornwall. The town was once a centre for tin and copper mining, and is rich in antiquities. Airfield with flights to Scilly
St Ives (10 miles) As well as its tradition of fishing, St. Ives is world famous as an art centre and studios, shops and galleries are everywhere.
Mousehole Wildbird Sanctuary This famous hospital on the Cornish Cliffs was founded in 1928 by the Misses Dorothy and Phyllis Yglesias.
The Pilchard Works Newlyn (2 miles) A unique National Award Winning, Working Factory Museum showing the fascinating history of pilchard fishing in Cornwall.
Acorn Theatre (3 miles) Penzance A lovely theatre offering music and plays.
Egyptian House, Chapel Street, Penzance (3 miles) Built in 1835, this unique structure houses a geological museum that re-creates the lands of ancient Egypt, art gallery a jewelry shop. Owned by the Landmark Trust.
Trengwainton Gardens (National Trust - 5 miles) Woodland and stream garden with rich collection of camellias, rhododendrons and magnolias. Series of walled gardens containing many unusual shrubs.
St. Michael's Mount (National Trust - 6 miles) Enchanting island with medieval castle and church, fascinating rooms(shown right) within the castle with spectacular views in all directions.
Minack Theatre (7 miles) A unique open-air theatre on the cliffs at Porthcurno, near Lands End. There is a different production each week. Performances are at 8pm from Monday to Friday, with matinees each Wednesday and Friday at 2pm from May to September. Highly recommended!
Museum of Submarine Telegraphy Porthcurno (7 miles) Cornwall's secret wartime communications centre. Underground tunnels, built in World War II, house a unique museum of historic equipment, dating back to the 1870s.
Wayside Folk Museum Zennor (9 Miles) Cornwall's oldest private museum, the collection has over 5,000 items in 16 display areas and includes an extensive collection of photographs and information on people who have lived in the area.
Hayle Paradise Park (9 miles), The country's leading centre for the promotion of parrot welfare both in the wild and in captivity. The Park is the base for the World Parrot Trust, a world-wide charity raising funds and awareness.
Geevor Tin Mine (9 miles) The last working mine in West Penwith and now a mining museum, provides you with a unique opportunity to experience the history of this traditional Cornish industry. Your underground tour with an expert guide will take you into Wheal Mexico, long abandoned and concealed from the world this mine was rediscovered in 1992.
Cape Cornwall (10 miles, near St Just) This headland is England's only cape, where the few remains of what was probably Cornwall's smallest mine, Cape Cornwall Mine, can be seen. Also St Helens Oratory.
Derek Tangye wrote over 20 autobiographical books telling how he and his wife turned their backs on a glittering, socialite lifestyle in 1940s London and went to live on the cliffs of West Cornwall. This land is now a Nature Reserve and a place where those seeking peace and tranquillity may wander to enjoy the beauties of the coastal scenery.
D H Lawrence moved to Zennor (9 miles) during March 1916 whilst he was writing "Women in Love". In late 1916 war activity intensified - and his wife Frieda was German. Some people turned against them. They were investigated and accused of signaling to submarine crews in the channel. Finally, on October 11th 1917 they received an order to leave the county by the 15th. Lawrence describes much of his Cornwall stay (and expulsion) in the "Nightmare" chapter of Kangaroo.
Rosamunde Pilcher was born in Lelant, (10 miles), and writes about Cornwall in many of her books.
The Hypatia Trust Penzance (3 miles) Created to collect, and make available, published and personal documentation about the achievements of women in every aspect of their lives. Library, talks and lectures.
Even Holmes and Watson visited Mounts Bay! From The Adventure of the Devil's Foot. By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle:
"...we looked down upon the whole sinister semicircle of Mounts Bay, that old death trap of sailing vessels, with its fringe of black cliffs and surge-swept reefs on which innumerable seamen have met their end. Then come the sudden swirl of the wind, the blustering gale from the south-west, the dragging anchor, the lee shore, and the last battle in the creaming breakers. The glamour and mystery of the place, with its sinister atmosphere of forgotten nations, appealed to the imagination of my friend, and he spent much of his time in long walks and solitary meditations"
Millpool Gallery An informal gallery in Mousehole specialising in quality art and crafts by the best of contemporary British makers, showing a continuing, but changing, exhibition of new work by featured artists and by craftsmen working in glass, ceramics and textiles.
Dave Browning is one of a very rare breed known as paper engineers, and produces superb pop up books including "The Mice of Mousehole".
Lamorna Pottery. (2.5 miles) Working pottery situated in the heart of the beautiful Lamorna Valley. Tel: 01736 810330
Out Of The Blue Gallery Marazion (4 miles). Visit the real gallery or browse the online gallery featuring some of Cornwall's most prominent artists. The exhibitions section contains information about current and forthcoming exhibitions.
Newlyn Art Gallery (2 miles) New Road. A changing programme of exhibitions and events from year to year, with an accompanying education and outreach programme.
Penlee House Gallery, (2.5 miles) Penzance. Telephone 01736 363625.
Steam Pottery (3 miles) Penzance. Built at the beginning of the 20th century as a steam bakery, this gallery makes and sells ceramics with frequent painting exhibitions.
Steam Pottery, (8 miles) Pendeen. Originally built as a bakery in 1908, now producing superior quality, individually designed and crafted ceramics with art gallery.
Tate Gallery, St Ives (10 miles) A unique introduction to modern art, where many works can be viewed in the surroundings and atmosphere which inspired them.
Badcocks Art Gallery, Newlyn.
Mousehole Maritime Festival of Sea Salts & Sail. Biannual festival held in July next one in 2006. Contact: 01736 731655
Golowan Festival Penzance (3 miles) Bringing the past and present together in Penzance's community celebration of the traditional Feast of St. John. Mid June every year.
Newlyn Fish Festival (2 miles) 25 August 2003 - 25 August 2003 Tel: 01736 363499 The Fish Market at Newlyn fills with stalls, cookery demonstrations, exhibitions, displays relating to Fishing Heritage. Wonderful!
Pasty Day Festival, Morvah. (9 miles) Takes place on the first Tuesday of August, every year, without fail, come rain or come shine. Musicians from all over the county gather to strike up a tune using an old farm trailer as a stage.
Lafrowda Week St Just. (9 miles) July. A weeks entertainment with music, dance, processions and theatre. The town is adorned with colourful banners, and there are a wide range of stalls run by local groups and traders, a unique atmosphere.
The John Knill Ceremony, St Ives (every five years on 25 July, next one 2006). A unique St. Ives tradition, begun in 1801. A procession of ten girls dressed in white and two elderly St. Ives widows dance at the Knill Steeple.
St Ives Feast (10 miles) Feb 10, 2003 Tel:01736-797840, 01736-798686 A silver ball is thrown by the Mayor and is caught by one of the crowd and passed from one another on the beaches or streets of the town. Distribution of pennies to children under 7 and then the Feast Monday Rugby match. Vigorous fun!
St Ives Music Festival (10 miles) August 26th-31st 2003 Tel: 01736 796888 Open air concert and fireworks.
St Ives September Festival (10 miles) Tel: 01736 796888 Music, poetry, exhibitions, folk, jazz, world music. Open artist studios, walks and guided tours.
St Ives Beer Festival (10 miles, Cornwall CAMRA) Concert Hall 30 May-1June 2003
Sports near the cottage:
Surfing: Sennen Cove (9 miles)
Freetime: surf school, rock climbing and bike hire
Horseriding: Tregurtha Downs Riding School, Plain An Gwarry, Marazion, Nr. Penzance, TR20 9LD. Tel: 01736 711422. Penzance Equine Solutions. Romany Walks Riding Stables, Blowing House Mill, Ludgvan, NR Penzance, TR20 8EJ. Tel: 01736 740838
Boscathnoe Reservoir Penzance. Coarse Fishing. Phone for permit. Tel: (01837) 871565
Mounts Bay Angling Society Junior Section Join for £4.00, they hold monthly competitions, some at Mousehole.
Fishing charter boat: Talisman, contact S. Farley, Tel: 01736 731895 or 731154.
Cycling: Eight cycle rides which have been designed to give riders a choice of distance and terrain around West Cornwall, most starting from Penzance.
Cycle hire: All bikes, daily and weekly hire. They supply locks, repair kits and safety helmets free.
Mounts Bay Sailing Club welcomes visiting sailors. If you wish to participate in their programme you will be made very welcome.
Here is a page with beaches in West Cornwall, which includes the gorgeous open miles of silky white and glowing golden sands of Marazion 4 miles away from Mousehole (photo left), The famous Cornish surfing beaches of the north coast are only 10 miles away.
Look at our page on What to do in Cornwall for a list of art galleries and more suggestions. For the historian or archeologist there are many Ancient British house circles and hill forts within a radius of less than ten miles. See our Prehistory page for more details and links.
All distances are approximate