Places to Visit by Car or Coach

Places to Visit by Car or Coach

Places to Visit by Car or Coach

Close by the town is Madron, where the original Trafalgar banner may be seen. Church, baptistry and a wishing well(l), once the most famous holy well in Cornwall. The beaches in the vicinity start really at Marazion opposite St Michael's Mount to which ferry boats run when the tide covers the causeway along which you can walk three hours either side of low tide. St Michael's Mount rises 300 feet up to the top of its ancient castle, which Edward the Confessor gave to the Benedictine monks. Newlyn almost attached to Penzance is the home of the 'Newlyn School' of painters and the Passmore Edwards Art Gallery, and is still an important fishing port.

Mousehole is a small fishing village where the houses seem to be tumbling down into the harbour, rather than rising out of it. Penberth is described as being 'the most perfect of Cornish fishing coves'.

Porthcurno is down a lane leading from Trethewey and it is from here that Marconi sent the first trans-Atlantic messages across to America. The beach and cliffs provide the most theatrical of backcloths for the open-air Minack Theatre, a Greek-style amphitheatre sculpted out of the rocks and the dream and life's work of Miss Cade. The coast path takes you along to St Levan and its high celtic cross; Porthgwarra at the bottom of a narrow lane is a deep cove; Gwennap Head (especially for the evening sunset) and Land's End.

As the coast stretches north it becomes increasingly rugged and the white-crested breakers heave at the scarred cliffs. 'The restless Atlantic is ever thundering on this iron-walled coast the swell comes unbroken from Labrador to hurl itself against this coast and to be shivered into foam on its iron cuirass' was how Baring-Gould described it. This headland at Penwith does bear the full brunt of the winter storms which sweep across it for-bidding trees to grow, except in hidden valleys, and leaving in their wake a moody, broody, landscape.

It is along this edge of land that you see the desolate reminders of those hard days of 'the tinners': old chimney stacks, rising rusting towers of the abandoned workings, remnants of machinery. North of Land's End is Sennen Cove with its lifeboat house and whitewashed thatched cottages overlooking Whitesand Bay. The St Just Round, or Plen-an-Gwary, is an amphitheatre where Cornish miracle and mystery plays were performed and two handsome Methodist chapels bear witness to the town's one-time prosperity and population. Past Pendeen and its mining museum is Pendeen Watch on the coast where the sea runs red, stained by the deposits of ore and the path leads east for walkers to enjoy Zennor, with its wayside museum and the Church of St Senara, which houses the much-inspected Mermaid Chair.

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