The coast of dreams and surf

Newquay – the coast of dreams – represents a rare mix of wonderful coastlines; spectacular beaches washed clean by the Atlantic Ocean; rock pools teeming with marine life; crystal-clear sea for a leisurely swim, or for the challenge of surfing the best sets in Britain; soaring cliffs with magnificent views; and delightful gardens for tranquil strolls.

Walking, cycling, golf, horse- riding, bowling, tennis, fishing, kite surfing, wakeboarding, diving, power kiting or abseiling, plus a host of indoor and outdoor attractions in Newquay and the surrounding area – there’s something here for everyone.

Newquay has lots of interesting things for all ages to see and


do. There is a Sea Life Centre, Golf Course, Zoo, and plentiful nightlife.

The Huer's House, on the headland west of the harbour, is of interest.

Newquay was renowned for Pilchard fishing, which came in plentiful numbers but at infrequent intervals.

Until the late 19th century a man known as a Huer, would watch from the house for the shoals to redden the waters, the sign that Pilchards were in the bay.

He then gave a great cry of 'Heva! Heva!' to alert the fishermen of the town.

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Newquay Harbour Towan Beach, Newquay View towards Newquay Harbour Towan Beach, Newquay

Famous for its wonderful Christmas lights which are turned on in the middle of December.

Mousehole is a beautiful picturesque fishing village and is considered to be one of the loveliest villages in the county.

It is situated between Penzance and Land’s End with St Clement’s Isle just offshore from the harbour.

In July 1595 Mousehole was destroyed, burnt to the ground by the Spaniards, only one building survived which was the ‘Keigwin Arms’ and it still stands today.

Keigwin Arms is now a private residence with a plaque outside which reads: ‘Squire Jenkyn Keigwin was killed here on the 23rd July 1595 defending this house against the Spaniards’.

Around 100 years ago Mousehole was a busy commercial fishing port bursting with fishing boats

38 Cornish Visitor Guide - Spring 2017 landing pilchards.

It has retained much of its old world charm where narrow streets proudly display a fine selection of shops, galleries and restaurants.

The village is famous for it’s wonderful Christmas lights, which are turned on the middle of December; there are even helicopter flights from Penzance to see them from the sky.

On December 19, 1981, the village was devastated by the loss of the Penlee lifeboat, the Solomon Browne, the entire crew of eight died whilst attempting to rescue the crew of the Union Star.

On the anniversary of the Penlee lifeboat disaster, as a mark of respect, the lights are switched off for one hour.

The village is home to the famous


Mousehole Wild Bird Hospital, which was founded by the Misses Dorothy and Phyllis Yglesias in 1928.

During the Torrez Canyon disaster in the sixties, 8,000 oiled sea birds passed through the hospital.

It is a now a registered charity and open to the public.

Car parking is limited, visitors are asked to park outside the village and walk in. There is a regular bus service from Penzance to Mousehole.

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