Route Highlight

Penzance / Mounts Bay

It’s always a thrill to catch your first glimpse of St Michael’s Mount and the panorama of Mount’s Bay. Stop at Marazion to walk the tidal causeway or take a short boat trip to the island castle and gardens.

Palm trees throughout Penzance and the adjoining fishing harbour of Newlyn demonstrate the area’s mild climate, while the impressive galleries show off its artistic heritage. That end-of-the-world aura extends to quirky nautical pubs and bohemian shops too. Round-the-year swimmers appreciate the art deco seafront lido with naturally heated water pumped from 1,000ft underground.

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Surprisingly, in the heart of the south Cornish coast is this protected, undeveloped area of farmland, coves and headlands. There are no towns but little gems like Portloe’s tiny fishing harbour among jagged rocks and St Mawes’ glamorous Riviera-style waterfront with views and water taxis to Falmouth.


From its Tudor castle to waterfront restaurants, from the maritime museum to its semi-tropical gardens, Falmouth is one of Cornwall’s classiest destinations. There’s also a fascinating working dockside and popular sandy beaches.


Unspoilt creeks of the Helford River meander through sleepy forests with tiny mossy quays hidden amid overhanging oaks. It’s a protected wildlife area where visitors spot dolphins or get close to rescued animals at the seal sanctuary.


Don’t miss the detour to Britain’s most southerly headland. Lizard Point is more geographically significant and wildly impressive than Land’s End, but lacks crowds and touristy development.


What locals call ‘Meva’ has the cliché ingredients of a classic fishing village: narrow streets down to a busy harbour lined by lobster pots, art galleries and seafood eateries. Take a walk round the harbour walls while shielding a freshly baked pasty from greedy Cornish gulls.

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