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24 January 2020

My West Cornwall - Louise Blenkinsop, Reservations Team

There is a never-ending amount of things to do in West Cornwall, whether it's enjoying the sunset at a secret spot or tucking into delicious food - so we thought we would share our teams West Cornwall favourites.

Favourite beach: Porthcurno; it’s just perfect on a sunny winter’s day – absolutely gorgeous colours and usually deserted! A great place to have a few mindful moments to yourself.

Favourite activity: As a dog owner, there is nothing better than heading out with my whippet Piper and my partner Will and exploring the coast path and beaches. We’ve just discovered Nanjizal and that will definitely be a new favourite haunt. Love visiting Lanyon Quoit and the Merry Maidens too.

Favourite walk: I love lots of different walks, it’s too hard to pick! I will tell you about a drive that has lots of epic stop-offs on though – the B3306 is a stunning scenic road to explore between St Just and St Ives. Explore the mines at Botallack, look out for Aleister Crowley’s house high up on the moor (an infamous character in West Cornwall’s history!), pull over at Bosigran and walk up to the cliffs and pop into the Tinner’s Arms in Zennor for refreshments. It’s like driving through the Wild West of Cornwall!

Favourite garden: It’s a little further afield but Trebah Garden over in Mawnan Smith is just paradise! Feels totally tropical!

Favourite gallery: Jupiter is a new gallery in Newlyn; only small but full of interesting, provocative pieces.

Favourite event: I love Cornwall in the winter, and if you’re lucky to be in the area in December and want to kick start some festive vibes then you have to see both the Newlyn and Mousehole Christmas Lights switch on – great for young and old.

Favourite sunset & storm watching spot: Without a doubt, Penzance Prom is the place to be in a storm! Seeing water break all along the promenade never ceases to amaze me. For a beautiful sunset though you just cannot beat the terrace at the Mount Haven, the way the sky turns to fire is just sensational.

Favourite place for a pint / cocktail / glass of wine: Lovett’s in Newlyn has a fabulous selection of wines, always a real treat in there.

Favourite pub: The Admiral Benbow and the Turk’s Head on Chapel Street in Penzance are just the right amount of history and madness for me!

Favourite restaurant: I am lucky to live right in the heart of Newlyn, so this one’s easy… Mackerel Sky! It’s only open seasonally and you can’t reserve a table but it is well worth the queue to get seated for the delightful range of small plates that feature some amazing fish fresh from the boats in Newlyn Harbour. If you don’t fancy the wait though head across the road to Lewis’s Fish & Chip Shop – absolutely divine!