Discover Penzance’s surrounding villages

Lamorna

Lamorna is a quiet fishing village with a pub called The Wink, so named after the wink that was given back in the days when smuggling was rife, to let customers know that contraband could be obtained there.
Lamorna is famous for its granite quarry where rock was used to build the nearby church of St Buryan, many local cottages including those at Mousehole and even used as far away as the Thames Embankment.
Regular buses travel between  Lamorna from Penzance.

A lovely linear walk can be taken aong the coastpath from Penzance to Lamorna http://www.southwestcoastpath.com/walksdb/159/, where you walk through an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty including Kemyel Crease Nature Reserve, before reaching Lamorna for refreshments and a return by bus.

Unusual building in Marazion
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Unusual building in Marazion which holds the Museum

Marazion

Marazion is the neighbouring seaside town to Penzance just along Mounts Bay. Just a short walk across the causeway lies St Michael’s Mount and in between lies one of the safest bathing beaches in Cornwall. Marazion is ideally placed for cycling, with an off road trail to Penzance and bike hire available at Lands End Cycle Hire.
The town itself has a lovely mix of small shops, art galleries and antiques.
Marazion also is a wonderful place for nature lovers with Mounts Bay of course and also Marazion Marsh, an RSPB Nature Reserve and a stop off point for thousands of migratory birds each year.More than 250 bird, 500 plant, 500 insect and 18 mammal species have been recorded here and bitterns are now a regular winter visitor hiding amongst the reed beds.
For walkers, St Michael’s Way links Marazion with St Ives along an old pilgrims route.

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Mousehole

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Mousehole near Penzance

This is a picturesque fishing village, with granite cottages huddled together around the inner edge of the harbour that is itself protected by two sturdy breakwaters. Although the fishing industry has declined, leaving just a few fishing boats still in use, the harbour continues to be busy with leisure craft.
Dolly Pentreath (died 1777) who lived here, was reputedly the last fluent native speaker of the Cornish language.
Mousehole is known for its lovely Christmas illuminations created each year around and in the harbour attracting many visitors.

Mousehole is also famous for the bravery of its lifeboatmen who sadly lost their lives in 1981.

On 19th December 1981 a fierce southerly storm blew up as evening fell. A brand new coaster, the “Union Star” was passing the last few miles of the coast of Cornwall en route for Ireland when she suffered a sudden engine failure and began to drift towards the cliffs. Despite the brave efforts of an RNAS helicopter and a local salvage tug, the weather conditions were soon so extreme that none of the crew (or the skipper’s wife and two step-daughters) could be taken off. Only the Penlee Lifeboat, the 47′ Watson Class “Solomon Browne” was able to come alongside in the darkness, amid driving rain and waves which were estimated at a mind-boggling 50′ high. The coaster’s crew were unable to make the transfer to the lifeboat until both vessels were nearly ashore and after the lifeboat had been thrown onto the coaster’s decks and washed off again. At the last minute the lifeboat radioed in that she had collected four survivors and there were two left on the “Union Star”. But nothing further was heard from her, and soon wreckage began to appear in nearby coves. All eight lives from the “Union Star” had been lost, as had the eight volunteer lifeboatmen from Mousehole who had left their homes to try to rescue them. For their valour posthumous awards were made to the whole crew, including a Gold Medal for the Coxswain Trevelyan Richards.

Porthcurno

Porthcurno is known mainly for its incredibly beautiful beach of soft white sand and turquoise sea  bounded by high cliffs that offer opportunities for exploration. On one side is the Minack Theatre, built in the 1920s by Rowena Wade and open to visitors all year round. Logan Rock and the remains of an iron age clifftop castle can be discovered if you walk the coastpath to the left of the beach. Turning inland, Porthcurno Telegraph Museum tells the story of Cornwall’s role in global communications as it was from here that telegraph cables were sent across the world’s oceans to countries across the globe.
Western Greyhound and First Buses operate a regular service between Porthcurno and Penzance.

Sennen

The Beach Restaurant at Sennen aims to use the freshest of local produce and gives information on food miles for all its local produce.
Sennen Beach is reknown for being a top surfing destination and with the Surfing Centre you can hire or buy equipment and take lessons from the professionals.
The Roundhouse and Capstan Gallery in Sennen Cove displays Cornish art and craft. This building was built in 1876 to house the huge man powered capstan wheel, originally part of the winding gear of a local tin mine, it was subsequently used to winch boats up and down the slip.

You can visit Sennen by bus from Penzance using Western Greyhound or First buses.

St Buryan

This village is named after the Irish Saint Buriana, and consists of granite cottages surrounding the 14th century church, which can be seen from miles around. The church has six bells and the heaviest peel in the country. Nearby there are plenty of archaeological sites of ineterest – nearby stone circles include the Merry Maidens to the south and Boscawen-un to the north, still used by cornish druids as a sacred meeting place.

St Just

This was once at the heart of the mining industry in Penwith and the rows of granite built terraced cottages that line the streets bear witness to the mining population that once lived here. Local mines include Geevor, Botallack and Levant which are now a World Heritage Site and open to the public.
In the centre of the village is Plain-an-Gwarry, an open space used as a theatre for miracle plays in medieval times.
There are plenty of interesting independent shops, cafes and restaurants with many artists choosing to live here.
There is a regular bus service between Penzance and St Just using either First buses or Western Greyhound.