Category Archives: Coast

Dolphins a Plenty


March and April 2014 have provided some excellent Dolphin picture opportunities, from close into the shore in and around Mousehole.

Back in March we had a resident bottlenose Dolphin who spent a week in Newlyn Harbour.   One of our local experts told me that he was called Nick ( identified based on fin patterns), and had recently been seen in South Wales.

Nick the dolphin from newlyn
Picture of Dolphin at newlyn

Then on the 13th of April, whilst walking along the seafront at mousehole, I noticed a lot of activity in the water near to the lifeboat station.  Getting closer I could see a pod of around 30 common Dolphins, who spent around 4 hours feeding.

common dolphin at Mousehole

common dolphins at Mousehole Cornwall

Pod of common dolphins at Mousehole

Otter at Mousehole

On a stormy day at Mousehole on 20th December 2013 I was on the rocky beach seeing if there were any birds to be photographed, when to my surprise and privilege  I saw an Otter in the distance with a large fish. It was around 3.30 and the light wasn’t brilliant,  to my amazement the Otter came nearer, i stayed glued to the spot rather than scare it off completely. Eventually it came onto the rocks nearby, and then disappeared into the rocks to eat it’s catch. The pictures below show the story .

Picture of Otter at Mousehole


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Otter at Mousehole

Picture of otter


 Otter at Mousehole

Holiday Cottages

Mousehole Lights Preview

Mousehole lights are officially turned on today at 7.30pm.   The road immediately around Mousehole will be closed to the public  from 5pm just for Saturday 17th Dec. Click here for full details of where to park and further information.

Here's a couple of photos from the Harbour from this week.

Picture of mousehole harbour lights 2011

Picture of Mousehole Harbour lights dec 2011

To book or check prices and availability of accomodation in mousehole, via laterooms, click on the pictures below :-

NameDescImage
The Old Coastguard
Penzance
2 star AA
A small seaside hotel recently taken over (June 2011) by the team behind West Cornwall's Gurnard's Head and Wales' Felin Fach Griffin. 14 bedrooms nearly all with proper views over the glistening Cornish sea and towards St Michael's Mount and the Lizard. An ideal launchpad for trips to The Scilly Isles or a perfect base for visiting the beaches and gardens of West Cornwall for the Minack Theatre and Land's End and the artists' studios and galleries of Newlyn Penzance and St. Ives. Good food and ...picture of The Old Coastguard
Ship Inn
Penzance
4G star AA
Mousehole two miles south of Penzance is the archetypal Cornish village and boasts what is said to be one of the most beautiful harbours in Britain. Sheltered from the Atlantic's fury there is a low tide beach from the harbour you can take a boat trip or venture along the breathtaking coastal path and in the charming streets of fisherman's cottages you will find craft shops cafes and galleries. The Ship Inn is a traditional pub located on the harbour right in the heart of this traditional Cornis...picture of Ship Inn
Tremayne Guest House
PENZANCE
3G star Self-Accredited
Welcome to Tremayne Guest House situated in the heart of Mousehole Cornwall. Only 50 yards from the harbour and amenities.The refurbished Guest House offers comfortable accommodation and a warm welcome.We are unique as well in having on site parking.Tremayne is an ideal place to stay being central for exploring West Cornwall.With picturesque beaches and miles of coastal walks nearby Tremayne will give you that service to make your visit more memorable....picture of Tremayne Guest House

 

Newlyn Fish Festival 2011

Newlyn Fish Festival – 21 this year!

Celebrate all things fishy on August 29th in one of Cornwall's most distinctive and
original fishing ports. Satisfy your appetite with the best seafood you can get whilst
enjoying great cooking demos, live entertainment or bidding at the seafood auction.
August Bank Holiday Monday sees the annual Cornish celebration of the sea, fishing
and seafood at the 21st Newlyn Fish Festival, where you will find more fish than you
can shake a mermaid’s tail at!
Cooking it in the Fish Market Kitchen will be a rolling programme of top local chefs:
Paul Ainsworth from No.6, Justin Ashton from the Lime Tree, Sanjay Kumar from
Slow Food Cornwall, Kier Meikle from the Navy Inn, Annie Sibert from My Fish
Kitchen and Robert Wright from Untitled.
 
Duncan and Sue Lucas from Passionate About Fish will introduce you to one of the
biggest displays of fish you’re ever likely to see and you can buy fish fresh, smoked
or cooked in dazzling variety of ways from the best of Cornish seafood merchants.
 
Plus a big welcome back to Dan The Fishman with his fish workshops for kids.
 
There will also be the Big Fish-Filleting Challenge featuring the unsung heroes of the
seafood industry – the backroom boys and girls who will be competing for the title of
Cornish Fishmonger of the Year 2011. And, of course, it wouldn’t be a Newlyn Fish
Festival without a couple of Robin Turner’s famous Newlyn fish auctions. This year,
Robin will be auctioning not only fish but also a traditional withy lobster pot which will
be made during the day on the North Pier by Mousehole pot maker David Cotton. So
come and bid for your supper (and the pot) and help to raise money for the Royal
National Mission to Deep Sea Fishermen.
 
With two music stages and a Busker’s Corner hosted by Tros and Treys, there will
be one of the biggest line-ups of local bands and performers that you’ll find
anywhere on one day in Cornwall.
 
And new this year, is the Fish Tales Tent where you will be treated to the best of the
spoken word by the very best of local story-tellers and poets. The Tent will also
display many prints from the Newlyn School of Art generously lent by Penlee House
and Gallery.
 
Next to the Fish Tales Tent, Pam and Ron Hogg from the Newlyn Archive will show
you some of their display of old photos and artefacts showing the rich history of
Newlyn.
 
On the water will be gig racing, lifeboats and fishing boats. Look out for the jet-skis
from the Cornish Jetskier Club who will be performing stunts, parades and rescue
demonstrations throughout the day, along with the current waterski freestyle British
champion Ant Burgess. And, at the other end of the spectrum, there will be a whole
fleet of luggers, some of which will taking part in a lugger rowing race in the
afternoon.
 
Bilbo the life-saving dog will be on the North Pier, and, around the harbour, watch
out for mayhem and madness from Trifle Gathering with actors from Miracle Theatre
as they perform their own distinctive and whacky brand of daring gymnastics.
Camborne Pondhoppers will have their display of model boats next to the RNLI
building, and, with bouncy castles, face-painting, wet-sponge throwing and a coconut
shy with a difference, there will be plenty of fun for kids, too, including the return of
the popular Fishy Trail.
 
The entire day will be filmed by our media partner, MyCornwall TV and it’s all in aid
of the Royal National Mission to Deep Sea Fishermen. A great day out for everyone!
Entrance £5 adults. Under 16s free. Follow signs from the A30. Parking on Newlyn
Green or Newlyn Coombe.
 
The opening ceremony
The Newlyn Fish Festival gates open at 09:00 and close at 17:00 with last entrance
at 16:00.
Paul Ainsworth from Number 6 in Padstow, will be officially opening the Festival on
the main stage at 10:00. The Ronnie Richards Memorial Fund will hand over a
defibrillator to Keith Dickson, Superintendent of the Riyal National Mission to Deep
Sea Fishermen, and which will be housed at the Fishermen’s Mission in Newlyn.
 
Kitchen Schedule
Time Who
10:30 Paul Ainsworth from Number 6, Padstow
11:15 Keir Meikle from the Navy Inn, Penzance
12:00 Robin Turner ‐ Fish Auction
12:30 Robert Wright from Untitled, Penzance
13:15 Justin Ashton from The Lime Tree, Penzance
14:00 Sanjay Kumar from Slow Food Cornwall
14:45 Annie Sibert from My Fish Kitchen
15:30 Big Fish‐filleting Challenge for the Cornish Fishmonger
of the Year 2011.
16:30 Robin Turner – Fish Auction and Withy Pot Auction
 
 
Newlyn Fish Festival – Weekend of Sail
Something special to see and join in over the Festival weekend.
A gathering of Cornwall’s old sailing fishing luggers moored in the Old Harbour,
Newlyn and showing their sails in Mounts Bay. These are the boats that caught
Cornwall’s fish before engines were invented. Join the spectacle and get a taste as
the boats enter the Old Harbour on August 27th, Saturday evening, and the crews
come ashore to sample delicious pilchards generously provided by Trelawney Fish
and specially barbecued by Sanjay Kumar from Slow Food Cornwall. Sanjay is
donating all proceeds to the RNMDSF.
 
On Sunday the 28th, the luggers will be off to sea for a day’s sailing around Mounts
Bay. You will be able to see them from all around the bay before returning back to
 
A Fun Fish Workshop for Kids
A fisherman for 20 years and one‐time lifeboatman and now a full‐time fishmonger,
there’s not much that Dan The Fishman doesn’t know about seafood. Come along and
share his enthusiasm and knowledge at the Newlyn Fish Festival where he will be running
a number of free workshops for 5 to 16 year olds (but he may stretch the age limit a bit!).
Learn not only how to recognise the different species but also how to handle, prepare and
cook them – oh, and you can eat them, of course! He will also have a tank of live lobsters
on show.
The workshops will begin on the hour and half hour from 9:30 with the last one at 4pm.
They will take place in the Fish Market ‐ and it’s all free!
You can join in the fun by emailing your name and preferred time slot to
info@newlyfishfestival.org.uk or texting it to 07518 603955 – or just turn up on the day.
 
Fish Tales Tent
All fish have tails, but do fish have tales? Come along to the harbour side of the Ice Works
and find out. In the Fish Tales Tent, you will hear many stories of the deep.
Be enthralled to the best of local story-tellers, poets and purveyors of the spoken
word. From John Wallis, Liz Harman, Angie Stoner, John Brolly, Martin Green and
many, many more in a rolling programme of tales and poems loosely based on the
sea, fish and fishing, and probably a whole lot more as well.
There will be two special slots for children’s stories at 11:00 and 14:00. So come to
the Fish Tales Tent and treat your ears to some of the best stories you’re likely to
hear this side of Davy Jones’ locker. (I bet he’s got a story or two …!)
the Old Harbour for a plate of a fish kedjeree, again prepared by Sanjay to the
accompaniment of music and dance from the traditional Cornish group Tros an
Treys. Come and enjoy the atmosphere and join in a special evening to remember.
Festival day itself will see the luggers move into the new harbour where you can
have a closer look. Go on board and get a feel for what a working life on one of
these unique boats must have been like.
 
In the afternoon, they will take part in a strenuous and very unique rowing event not
seen in Newlyn before. Few have seen these heavy boats being rowed, but rowed
they were before the days of engines and some still do. So watch them and give
them a cheer as the crews heave on their heavy sweeps.
 
Music at Newlyn Fish Festival
The Main Stage
09:00 Penzamba .
09:30 Djazz Celtica
10:00 Opening ceremony
10:10 Djazz Celtica
10:30 Penzance Orpheus Ladies Choir
11:15 Penzance Sea Cadets
11:45 Janette Eathorne and Jill Abbott
12:00 Urban Foxx
13:00 Annie Binding
14:00 The Cornish Wurzells
15:00 St Ives Community Choir
15:30 Annie Binding
16:00 Djazz Celtica
16:30 Penzamba
 
The Consols UpStage on the Mary Williams Pier
10:00 The Sydewinders,
10:45 Music for you
11:15 Twurzells
12:00 St Ives Community Choir
13:00 Djazz Celtica
14:00 Twurzells
14:45 Jill Abbott
15:15 The Sidewinders
16:00 Falmouth Shout
 
 


Porthcurno Treen and Pednevounder Beaches

The beaches near Porthcurno in Southwest Cornwall must be amongst the best in Cornwall. The white sand and turquoise blue water really do make you think you are in an island paradise.

Picture of Porthcurno Treen and Pednvounder beaches

Access to Porthcurno beach is straightforward from the car park. At low tide you can walk / paddle to the adjacent beaches of Treen and Pednevounder, but at high tide you will not be able to return to Porthcurno, and have to scale the *very* steep and rocky path back up to the coastal path. Porthcurno is about 15 minutes off the A30, towards Lands End, there is a pay and display car park nearby, with a cafe and shop near the car park. The Minack theatre is a steep walk from the beach, but also has a shop and excellent cafe. For an ideal summers day out, pack a picnic or take a barbecue with you.

Map of porthcurno beach

Pednevounder beach is well known as a naturist beach, so don't be at all surprised, or offended if you see naked people sunbathing, walking, and swimming in the sea.

Picture of naturist on Pednvounder beach

 

Kynance Cove June 2011

One of the country’s most romantic beaches, Kynance Cove has been popular with visitors for centuries,  We visited the beach in June 2011 for the first time, and weren't dissapointed. Glorious weather,  and sightings of rare Cornish Choughs were an added bonus.

The cove is a short drive from Helston, in South West Cornwall. As you head past RNAS culdrose, follow the signs towards Lizard, and keep on going until you see the signs off to Kynance Cove on the right.  Follow the narrow road down to the national trust car park.


View Kynance Cove in a larger map

We took the main path down towards the beach, and walked up to the right onto the coastal path briefly.  The views are amazing, and the short grass is ideal for a picnic and taking in the vistas.  We went a high tide, so couldn't really explore the rocks and caves around, but we will definitely head back at low tide. If you want to check out tide times in advance go to easytide, which gives accurate tidal predictions around the uk.

Background

Prince Albert visited the beach in 1846 with his two sons, as did Alfred Tennyson.

In Tennyson’s memoirs, published by his son, the entry for Kynance said   “..Large cranesbill near Kynance, down to cove.  Glorious grass-green monsters of waves. Into caves of Asparagus Island. Sat watching wave rainbows”

The cliffs around Kynance have unique green and red Serpentine rock formations, polished by the sea over thousands of years.  Part of the West Lizard SSSI – site of special scientific interest – these and other rocks form the basis of a unique range of habitats.  The Cornish Heath and the fringed rupturewort can only be found on the Lizard.  It has populations of 53 nationally scarce species.  The dark purple flowers on the way down to the beach are the “bloody cransebill”, or Geranium sanguineum.

The National Trust acquired the café complex at Kynance Cove in 1999 to protect the beauty and historical importance of the buildings and surrounding area from potential unsympathetic development and commercialisation.  There is a national trust car park with easy walking down to the beach, which is free for National Trust members, otherwise there is a small charge.

Links :-

http://www2.plymouth.ac.uk/science/cornwall/Sites/Site_Lizard_Peninsula.html

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-thelizardandkynancecove

Walk from Treen to Logans Rock

This short walk takes you to the coast path near Logans Rock, with views to Porthcurno and the Minack Theatre,  at Treen there is a car park, snack shop, and a very welcome beer at the Logans Rock Inn.

 


View Logans Rock in a larger map

 

From the A30 at Penzance, follow the road towards Lands End.  Exit the A30 towards St Buryan,  then follow the signs to Porthcurno.  Just before Porthcurno you will see a sign to Logans Rock, turn left there.   Follow the road round, past the public house, and there is a field with all day parking for a small fee.  As you walk from the car park back towards the road, there is signpost off to the left for Logans Rock, or straight on for Treen Cliff. Follow the road down to Treen Cliff, where you will reach the Cornish coastal path, and be greeted by amazing views of the blue seas and sandy beaches down below.

Picture of view from walk to Logans Rock

If you want a longer walk,  you can turn right and follow the path down to Porthcurno beach, which is one of Cornwall’s  finest beaches with soft white sand and turquoise seas. From the beach it is a short ( but steep) walk upto  Minack theatre.

However, to get to Logans rock, turn left onto the coastal path, and follow the path until you reach the rocky outcrop of  Treryn Dinas, which was once an Iron age fort. Logans rock is perched on the top.  This is an ideal spot to bring a picnic, sit back, and enjoy the views.

A “Logan Rock” – rocking stone, is natural occurrence, where granite weathers.  the rock here weighs some 80 tons, and could be rocked by applying just a little pressure at the right point.

Picture of Logans rock, from the beach below

Recent History of the rock

In April 1824 Naval officer Lieutenant Goldsmith,  who was placing warning buoys in the area,  landed with a crew with a view to unseating the rock, which he succeeded in doing.  It is reported that he was motivated to do this from reading claims by Dr Borlaise that it was impossible to dislodge the rock.

There was an uproar from the local people, as the rock had become a major tourist attraction. He was subsequently ordered by the Admiralty to replace it at his own expense.

The rock was re-seated in November 1824,  after several months of preparation, it took 3 days labour, by 3 teams of 8 men with a variety of pulleys and capstans from the dock yards at Plymouth, to haul the rock back into position.

Whilst  it is still possible to move the rock, it is not as finely balanced as it was before.

 

To return you can head back following the signposts across potato fields, which bring you back into Treen, where you can enjoy at drink at the Logans Rock Inn.   Owned by St Austell brewery, the 400 year old  Inn has a small bar with an outside beer garden, ideal to cool down after a walk on a hot summers day.