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West Cornwall Further Information

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About the area

West Cornwall is a spectacular part of Cornwall with its moorland landscapes with rocky granite outcrops and windswept trees. With an array of coves and beaches to explore, the area is popular with surfers, walkers and beachgoers looking for that sheltered spot or the Atlantic swell.

Penzance, the area's main town, is a functional seaside town to nearby St Ives’ pretty tangle of picturesque streetlets, though it has its own charms, not least its proximity to popular destinations such as St Michael’s Mount and the fishing village of Mousehole. Transport to the beautiful Isles of Scilly, either by helicopter or by boat leaves from Penzance.

Strongly associated with the area is art, both past and present. The port of Newlyn is strongly associated with both fish and art and, along with St Ives, is a hub of activity for local and visiting artists who visit these towns for the outstanding quality of the light. Barbara Hepworth, Ben Nicholson and Bernard Leach are famous for their association with St Ives. As you walk through the town, the artistic flair is much in evidence and Tate St Ives is well worth a visit. 

West Cornwall also boasts perhaps more than its fair share of ancient and mystical sites, with Iron Age villages, stone circles, quoits, ancient wells, fogous and burial chambers. The holed stone of Men-an-Tol, the circle of Merry Maidens near Lamorna and the ancient settlement at Chysauster are a few good examples.

The Lizard Peninsula is an equally dramatic part of West Cornwall with its traditional fishing villages. Situated between the Helford Estuary and Mount's Bay, The Lizard is the most southerly point of the British Isles.