West and South Coast
The Harbour Town of St Ives has to be one of my favourite places in Cornwall, with its art shops, galleries, small streets and beautiful natural light makes it an ideal place for artist and photographers, it's also home to the Tate Gallery which is worth a visit.
Just along the coast you come to Sennen Cove, you will find the village at the bottom of a steep hill. As you enter you first come to Sennens curved beach and at the other end you will find the harbour, lifeboat house, slipway and The Round house shop and Gallery. Sennen Cove is an ideal place to see Basking Sharks, Seals and Dolphins.
|Coastal Path at Sennen Cove|
One place not many people know about is Porthgwarra with its steep slipway with leads down to the gentle lapping waters. This is a place to go to if you want a bit of peace and quiet. There’s only a little shop/cafe here, but still worth a visit to get away from the busy tourist places.
|Slipway at Porthgwarra|
|Velvet Rocks at Porthgwarra|
The next place is my all time Favourite place to visit, it’s the Minack theatre which is an open air theatre built into the side of a cliff overlooking the stunning beach of Porthcurno. The theatre was the dream of Rowena Cade who built it along with her Gardener Billy Rawlings and his mate Charles Thomas Angove, the first play there was“The Tempest” in 1932. They have plays here from April – September, so if you’re in the area between these months I would pop along and watch one of the plays either in the afternoon of evening. I love going there and just sitting watching the lovely clear waters of Porthcurno, if you’re luckily you might sea some Gannets diving in the sea.
|Part of the Stage|
|Looking down on the Stage|
|The seats have names of plays on them|
|Beautiful Beach of Porthcurno|
|Clear Waters Of Porthcurno|
Just along the coast from the Minack Theatre is another small fishing cove called Penberth, there’s only a handful of cottages here made from the local Granite rock and a handful of small fishing boats on the slipway. This is another place that people just drive on by without realising it’s there.
|High and Dry|
The Next place that is a must see is St Michael's Mount, to get to it you can go by boat or if the tides going out you can walk along the Causeway, once there you have a choice of Tearooms before making the climb up to the Main building. Once up there you get great views across to Marazion, Penzance and Mousehole. On your way up you must look out for the heart shaped stone with is said to be the heart of a Giant that once lived there, if you get the chance to walk around the gardens I would go, steep in some places but the plants are stunning.
|St Michael's Mount|
|View from the Gardens|
|Castle and the Mount|
The last place is the beach at Praa Sands, I love going there just to sit on the sands and looking out for Basking Sharks or for a nice walk along the beach.
All photos taken and owned by DDPearce of Darrins Photography