Memories of Sennen

Nostalgic cornish harbourAs the winter days stretch out before us I’ve found myself looking fondly back on our autumn beach adventures and realised I hadn’t shared our memories of Sennen. Sennen was one of the last beaches that we visited before settling down to working life and routines of a winter farm.

The storm crested waves tore across the cove at Sennen that day, trailing plumes of spray that day and yet when we walked up towards the sheltered honeyed granite harbour with sea worn walls the sea lay surprisingly tranquil. What a timeless memory of a visit to sennen Cove to see my photo album

Sennen Cove and Village

flotsam on the sands

The soft white sands of Sennen beach is only a stones throw from dramatic granite cliffs of  Land’s End, with a huddle of old cottages set around harbour sheltered from the worst o the Atlantic storms. The village gives way to thirties villas and even a pavement that could double for a narrow promenade, following the seas westwards towards the slipway, before the sands of the beach backed by the increasing wild Cornish heathland which stretch away towards Gurnards head.


approaching storm at sennen beach

We parked at the bottom of the hill struggling around the sharp corner with Lucy-Land Rover-of-no-lock into the car park and found a parking slot amongst the mix of battered professional surfers vans and gleaming holidaymakers cars, before setting off across the soft yielding sands to walk away from the busy village and find a spot to call our own far along the beach under the dunes.

Picnic on the sands

Hope springs eternal when it comes to a picnic and Charles held our blanket up to spread like a sail in the gathering breeze before spreading it on the pale sands and after all it may be that the weather report was wrong…..after all! It was a good spot though to watch the  the world go by at a gentle pace along the empty sands and see the distant frenzy of the sea trailing plumes of vapour across the bay.

The first of the big rolling waves of the winter storms were starting to breeze across the bay, trailing plumes of vapour and defying the summer soft surfers to conquer their heights and it was such a contrast to our last visit when we had enjoyed and Indian Summer at Sennen Cove and the night of Charles birthday when we enjoyed Lobster and a Sunset at Ben’s at Sennen but such is the stuff of memories!

I’m always drawn down  to the shore line at some point on a visit to a beach but Charles is content to snooze and read in his sandy picnic cocoon so I  crouched amongst the beguiling sea scented vapour to try for a few snaps until I was “rescued” by a concerned golden retriever with a long earnest fate. The dog was quite right of course and as I stepped back a waves shot a shallow skim of water over the sands just where I had been.

Exploring Sennen

fishing boats on the harbour sands

We wandered up into the village again and spent a few minutes exploring the half moon of the harbour, neatly stacked with fishing pots with a few small fishing boats pulled up on the slipway and steep lifeboat slipway, where work was going on to preserve the lifeboat slip ready for the serious business of winter when the lifeboat may have to be launched into treacherous storm.

Memories of Sennen



More places in West Cornwall to explore?

The west Penwith Tour Lands End to St ives picture of St Michael's MountSennen is one of the destination to explore in part four of my Penwith Tour and for more information about West Crownall do visit my page Exploring West Penwith

About Christine Taylor

Christine has written a weekly blog about life at Ednovean Farm and interesting places to visit in West Cornwall for over ten years now, concentrating on those off the beaten track places that only the locals find. Charles and Christine Taylor have hosted Luxury Bed and Breakfast at Ednovean Farm Nr Penzance in West Cornwall since 1991 and live there with three cats and five horses, including a Spanish Stallion called Danni. Ednovean Farm has been awarded AA five star gold for Bed and breakfast and is included in The Michelin Guide and The Alastair Sawday Guide . The Farmhouse and gardens has been featured in BBC Homes and Antiques, Homes and Gardens. Period Living and 25 Beautiful Homes as well as being used as a film and photo shoot location.

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