Destination of the Month: Mousehole
When you picture Cornish villages, we bet this is the sort of thing you have in mind – sampling freshly-caught fish, looking out over the glittering water and relaxing in the sunshine. This village looks pretty as a picture because it is. If you've never been there before, isn't it time you did?
Mousehole, near Penzance, West Cornwall, is a quiet fishing village with a pretty harbour, small independent shops and art galleries, and narrow streets. You can enjoy a gentle walk along the harbour wall, admiring the ocean views, indulge in ice cream, or relax on the sandy beach.
Land's End is a short drive away and along the coast are secluded beaches. Nearby Geevor Tin Mine offers underground tours and a Hard Rock Museum, exploring the story of Cornish tin and copper mining. To the north is Paradise Park where you can see penguins, red pandas, parrots, goats and otters.
Porthcurno Telegraph Museum was a hub of global communications between 1870 and 1970. Today it's a visitor attraction. Also in Porthcurno is the open-air Minack Theatre, which resembles a Roman amphitheatre, with performances scheduled throughout the spring and summer. Love walking and wildlife?
Follow the South West Coast Path from Mousehole to Kemyel Crease Nature Reserve, or visit Mousehole Wild Bird Hospital & Sanctuary, open daily, free admission. Ten miles from Mousehole is Marazion and St Michael’s Mount. You can walk to the island at low tide to see the castle and gardens. There's a ferry at high tide.
Tower Park Caravans & Camping
St. Buryan, Penzance, Cornwall TR19 6BZ
T 01736 810286
OPEN 17 March to 3 November
PRICE £22.50 peak season (couple, EHU)
Tower Park campsite is four miles from Mousehole, between Penzance and Land's End. St Buryan is a short walk away, with a pub, general store, post office, and a 15th century church. Campsite facilities include a shop offering takeaway breakfast and evening meals (high season), a toilet/shower block, a laundry room, dishwashing facilities, games room, TV room, disabled washrooms, waste disposal, a dog-walking field, recycling, a children's play area, and free WiFi.