The Penwith Landscape
Cornwall’s far west has a distinctive landscape, more like Dartmoor than the rest of the county’s green farmland. It’s due to its granite rocks and remote windswept geography. You’ll drive through patches of moorland with rugged rock outcrops but few trees. It’s a bracing but inspiring region where you can spot old mine workings and granite farmsteads, particularly along the fantastic B3306.
Penwith’s best sights include Lamorna, sheltered in its valley leading down a chunky harbour wall, and the sandy arc of Sennen Cove, a regular playground for dolphins. The old mining town of St Just seems completely built of granite and, further along the corkscrew road, the charming hamlet of Zennor appears almost built into surrounding granite hills. Walks to the sea from here are some of the most impressive on the whole SW660 route.