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Review: Penzance


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Along the coast to Mousehole

  • By SilverTraveller Music-Addict

    3 reviews

  • May 2013
  • Solo

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We set off from Penzance in the evening to walk along the coast to Mousehole, famous for its lifeboat, its Christmas lights, starry-gazy pie and its cat. The route takes you west out of Penzance along the seafront past the Jubilee pool – the enormous triangular salt-water pool that features on so many postcards of Penzance. It wasn't filled for the summer when I was there but preparations were under way and a few days later they opened the gates and allowed the sea to flood in. As we walk along the promenade to Newlyn there's a sharp breeze off the sea, but clear skies above and small waves murmuring on the beach below. A new skateboard park nearing completion provides a conversation point as we reached Newlyn twenty minutes later. Newlyn is smaller than Penzance and the route makes its way through the winding streets, past the old harbour full of fishing boats and yachts. As we leave the town the path skirts the shoreline, sometimes closer to the road, sometimes closer to the rocks, and we follow it along below occasional houses perched on the steep slopes above. After another mile or so, we climb up towards Mousehole with the old lifeboat station below us on our left and then drop down to the path that brings us out at the harbour, with its tiny beach. By now it's nearly ten o'clock, so just time for a quick half of the local Rattler cider in the welcoming Ship Inn on the harbour front before catching the bus back to Penzance (free on our bus pass, of course!), winding our way through a couple of villages and the back streets of Newlyn before arriving in the centre of Penzance. It's an easy walk of three and a half miles and, apart from the cider, the only cost is the bus fare back if you haven't yet reached the ripe old age necessary to have a bus pass.

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