Exploring West Cornwall from Ednovean Farm
Ednovean Farm is a great base to explore West Cornwall and the Lizard peninsular from and an even better spot to leave the car and walk across our fields to Perranuthnoe and join the coastal footpath.
The Penwith Tour – a car tour to explore West Cornwall
Explore West Cornwall by car following the “Penwith Tour” following the road that hugs the coast through old mining towns and fishing villages to Land’s End and then on the St Ives through atmospheric unspoilt countryside with field boundaries unchanged since the Bronze age. You will discover fabulous sandy beaches and world famous theatres along the way and may even have time for that Cornish “must do” a Cream Tea. I’ve broken down this tour into four parts starting with Marazion and the iconic Michael’s mount – the jewel in Mounts bays crown
For our personal recommendations, photos, background information, history and directions follow the link bellow to explore this fascinating part of Cornwall away from the beaten track of the tourist guides.
The Penwith Tour links to each section
Explore the Land’s End peninsula where the high moors are clothed in purple heather in late summer and the bronze stone circles and iron age hill forts lead towards the storm lashed peninsular of Land’s end.
Discover beautiful unspoilt hidden coves and secluded beaches and wander along miles of golden sands as wisps of foam tipped sea slip to your feet.
The bustling resort of St Ives or the more laid back Penzance, are all within easy reach of Ednovean Farm. But for me the jewel of Mounts Bay has to be the romantic tidal island of St Michael’s Mount with the Mount’s delightful terraced gardens as an extra bonus for garden lovers.
The sheltered valleys and estates of Cornwall hold some world famous historic gardens – Trebah is one of our favourites and there are some mesmerising newcomers to explore – Tremenheere Sculpture garden and Lamorran House garden echo their owners passions.
Snaps from our blog exploring West Cornwall
There is a little bit of pure Cornish magic about visiting Sennen Cove again – it starts from the moment when the car turns off the main road and the view down to the village is revealed with the stark lifeboat slipway in counterpoint to the dream-like visage of pale golden sands cocooned between a perfect blue sea and sky.
After a long winter, the February heat wave gave rise to nothing but joy upon visiting the sea again.
The reality of the dangers of the stormy seas and the child like joy of walking the sea-shore are always close by in Cornwall and in Sennen the beautiful beach and lifeboat station sit cheek by jowl for the twin faces of the sea.
There two super walks from Ednovean Farm starting across our fields to Perranuthnoe and they are such a wonderful way to absorb the cornish coastline and take the day at a slower pace.
- Westwards to Marazion and St Michael’s Mount or on to Penzance, Newlyn and Mousehole further around Mounts Bay, if you are feeling really energetic. There is a bus route home again!
- Eastwards passed secret coves to Cudden point to the magical 17c smugglers haunt of Prussia Cove for a morning walk or on passed Praa sands the iconic engine houses of Rinsey to Porthleven again this is a day walk. Don’t worry the main Helston to Penzance bus route runs parallel to the coast for both of these walks along the A394 will drop you home to us again just ask for “Perran cross roads”
As shortest day approaches inevitably there are days when it really doesn’t seem to get truly light at all. Winter can bring us gloomy numpty days of dull half light and moody shadows but Cornwall has the perfect antidote to these days – an escape to the sea. Walk along the sea shore as white rimmed waves dissolve at your feet amongst fleeting scats of foam and you will feel invigorated and renewed. On the beach the light is magnified as it bounces off of the water, the gulls’ wheal overhead in their eternal dance with the breeze shrieking their defiance to the waves and more importantly for us the gift of negative ions to lift the mood and soothe the soul.
- Walking in Cornwall website – A large directory of printable walks around the Penzance area and throughout Cornwall.
- The South West Coastpath website – A great resource for walkers
Perranuthnoe is a peaceful village and the road stops when it reaches the sea. We are so lucky to have two great cafes, one on the beach and one beside the shops and galleries and a famous gastro pub for you to walk to when staying with us
Our latest review from a visit to the Victoria Inn for more restaurant recommendations around West cornwall why not try my “Little black book”
There is certain mellowness about those dusky evenings, when the winter storms are spent and the summer sea laps languidly against ancient harbour walls. Here in west Cornwall we are spoilt with so many lovely sheltered harbours to visit for a seafood supper and we recently made our way around Mounts Bay to renew our acquaintance with Mousehole and Newlyn.
- The Victoria Inn, Perranuthnoe
- The Peppercorn Kitchen, Perranuthnoe
- The Cabin Beach Cafe, Perranuthnoe
Arts & Museums
We took a look at some of the ages of art yesterday in our local churches, visiting the 15th century Frescoes in Breage church and the Penzance and Newlyn school paintings in St Hilary – well worth a detour if you are looking for a different interest on you holiday in Cornwall.
We’ve been meaning to visit the frescos in Breage Church and a recent visit to Godolphin House to see the Bluebells proved the perfect catalyst as we “passed” Breage on the way home.
Useful links for more information about galleries Museums and theatres in West Cornwall
- Tate St Ives
- Barbara Hepworth Museum & Gardens
- Penlee House Museum & Gallery
- Newlyn & Exchange Galleries
- Porthcurno Telegraph Museum
- Minack Theatre – Cornwall’s world famous cliff top, open air theatre
- Newlyn School of Art
- Geevor Mining Museum
- St Michael’s Mount
- Tremenheere Sculpture Garden
- Eden Project
- Heligan Gardens
- National Maritime Museum
- Royal Cornwall Museum
- Trebah Gardens