An A to Z of West Cornwall

Penwith Map

This lovely map by Cornwall365 shows the wide range of things to see and do in the far west of Cornwall. The Old Chapel is located under the picture of the Tate, St Ives! The most distant points of interest from the house are Porthcurno and Land's End which are both about 40-45 minutes drive away. During the summer months there is an open top bus service covering the the coastal section between St Ives and Penzance making it possible to visit this area without needing to use the car.

There is lots do to including:

  • ART (Tate, St IvesNewlyn School Artists at Penlee House, and many local artists' studios)
  • ANCIENT MONUMENTS (Chysauster and Carn Euny)
  • BEACHES (Porthminster, Porthgwidden, Porthmeor in St Ives, Carbis Bay, Sennen, Porthcurno and Marazion to name a few)
  • BIRDWATCHING (Hayle EstuaryMarazion Marsh, Porthgwarra, Kenidjack, Cot Valley)
  • COASTAL WALKS (The westernmost section of the South West Coast Path includes some dramatic coastal scenery)
  • CREAM TEAS (Widely available- jam first, cream on top!)
  • DRAMA (Take in a show at the Minack Theatre or with Kids R Us, St Ives)
  • ESCAPE ROOMS (A good rainy day option- there are Escape Time, St Ives and Eureka Escape, Penzance)
  • FISHING (Catch your own, sea fishing with Bluefin Charters, St Ives or safely on dry land at the nearby Amalwhidden Farm Coarse Fishery Lake)
  • FISH AND CHIPS (Plenty of choice- Pels, Balancing Eel, Harbour Fish n Chips, St Ives, Becks at Carbis Bay)
  • GARDENS (TrengwaintonTrewiddenTremenheere and Godolphin)
  • GOLF (West Cornwall Golf Club at Lelant)
  • HISTORY (The mines at Levant and Geevor, and the Telegraph Museum at Porthcurno)
  • ICECREAM (MoomaidWilly Waller and Mr B's, Hayle are some local favourites)
  • JUST (St) St Just is the most westerly town in England, close by are Cape Cornwall, and Chapel Carn Brea- a hill top site with ancient remains and good views
  • KARTING (Go karting at St Erth, Hayle with Coast2Coast Karting)
  • KERNOW (Cornish for Cornwall)
  • LAMORNA is a small cove between Mousehole and Porthcurno that was popular with artists
  • MUSEUMS (The St Ives Museum contains interesting exhibits about local history, seafaring etc.)
  • NEWLYN (There is a nice, relatively flat walk along the sea front from Marazion, via Penzance to Newlyn, and onward to Mousehole). 
  • OPEN TOP BUS (From May-September there is an open top bus service along the coast between St Ives, Zennor, Land's End, Porthcurno and Penzance)
  • PASTIES (Traditionally eaten by miners and other workers a classic Cornish pasty contains beef, potato, turnip and onion)
  • PORTHCURNO (Home to the Minack Theatre, Telegraph Museum and a lovely beach)
  • QUEUES (Minimise these by avoiding the middle of the day when roads and attractions are at their busiest)
  • RELAX (If the sea air isn't soothing enough maybe try a spa treatment at a local hotel or the Escape Spa at Polmanter, just a short walk away).
  • ST IVES has golden sandy beaches and clear blue water. It's popular with holiday makers and artists for the beauty of its surroundings. There are many galleries, shops and good restaurants tucked away down the narrow, cobbled streets.
  • SURFING (Porthmeor is the surfing beach in St Ives and there are many others in West Cornwall, St Ives Surf School do lessons.)
  • TRENCROM HILL (This is about an hours walk away or 10mins by car and is the site of an ancient hill fort. On a clear day there are good views of both coasts. The walk to Trencrom hill includes part of the St Michael's Way a 12.5 mile pilgrim route between Lelant and St Michael's Mount)
  • (U won't want to go home!)
  • VINEYARD (Polgoon near Penzance is Penwith's local vineyard, they produce some award winning wines. Tours and a shop with various local products are available)
  • WILDLIFE (Seals can often be seen bobbing around in St Ives harbour and it's not uncommon to see schools of dolphins further out in the bay. There are boat trips out of St Ives with Dolly P and from Penzance with Marine Discovery)
  • XTREME (There are impressive cliffs to climb and jump off with Kernow Coasteering)
  • (Why not book your holiday today!)
  • ZENNOR is a village on the North coast. It's a good but challenging walk from St Ives along the coast path with the option to walk back via the easier "churchway" or "coffin route" across fields, or to catch a bus back. Zennor has a good pub, The Tinners Arms and an interesting church.

 

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