Sennen is a lovely coastal village located on the West of Cornwall and is surrounded by dramatic landscapes and fabulous coastal walks. This southerly spot is home to a small harbour, a small fleet of pleasure-fishing boats and a lifeboat station. The village has managed to retain a laid back atmosphere of an old fishing village. With the stunning coastal cottages adding a real charm to the village. Close to the lifeboat station you will see lobster pots affirming to its continuing fishing industry, albeit on a smaller scale to its heyday.
Take a walk through this pretty village where you will find a nice selection of shops and galleries. The Round House and Capstan Gallery is located in a 19th century building with a converted net loft, and displays work by local artists. Each Tuesday a Farmer's Market is held from 9.00am to noon, with lots of local produce available to buy.
Take a walk around the RNLI lifeboat station it is both informative and interesting to read the history, founded back in 1853. See the lifeboat that will deal with any potential emergencies, fully operational and running 24 hours 7 days a week.
When it comes to dining there are a number of popular cafés and pubs to ease the thirst. There is a restaurant on the beach it is lovely to sit outside on a warm day and take in the views. Close by are some lovely gourmet restaurants when it comes to dining out.
The clear waters provide the ideal surroundings for water based activities. With two surf schools you can grab a lesson while you are here and go home with a new skill. Equipment can be hired so no excuses!
Home to two beautiful sandy beaches. Sennen Cove is an award-winning beach possessing crystal clear turquoise waters and has one of the loveliest stretches of soft golden sand, reminiscent of Caribbean beaches. The beach is spotless and there are lots of amenities close by, you can hire deck chairs and wind breakers for a small cost. It is a safe beach with life guards on duty during the peak months making it a firm family favourite. Gentle surf is present here.
The neighbouring Gwenver beach has a shallow valley in the middle of the beach with a small stream running down to the sea. This sweeping sandy bay beach is backed by sand dunes and granite headlands that provide shelter. It does not tend to get as busy as Sennen but is an equally lovely beach. A great spot for surfing and body-boarding throughout the year owing to the brunt of the Atlantic swells.
Neighbouring Lands End it is easy to get to being only 1.3 miles (2.09 km) away along the Mayon Cliffs, it is the most south-westerly point in the United Kingdom and has a number of attractions including, family exhibitions, a 4D family cinema show, a family farm park, coastal walking, a host of cafés and eateries.
Along this iconic stretch of coast you can spot ship wrecks along the way, see dolphins and basking sharks in the clear waters, make a stop at the prehistoric cliff Maen Castle. Constructed in 1891 the Mayon Lookout was originally manned by coastguards who lived in cottages close by. The Longships' lighthouse has been warning mariners of the treacherous rocks since it was erected in 1875, it has been fully automated since 1988, look out for grey seals basking on the rocks here. Mainly just savour the views and the natural beauty of the area.
The other direction will take you to St Just and eventually St Ives, these are more challenging walks both in distance and ability.
Attractions in close proximity are:
Geevor Tin Mine a preserved mining site that ceased operation in 1900, it offers a great day out for all ages, packed with discovery, exploration and adventure. Perched on rugged cliffs with underground mine tours and superb coastal views. A real crowd pleaser.
Minack Theatre amphitheatre has a dramatic location on the cliffs at Porthcumo, and hosts events from May to September including, music, drama and comedy. A fantastic location for a performance creating a magical experience. With pretty gardens and a nice café too. You can visit even if there are no shows on, there is a short film relating to the building of this amazing structure and incredible panoramic views.
Tate St Ives is by no means inferior to its London counterpart, featuring works by renowned 20th century artists who have associations with the town through working or living here. Features seasonal shows and exhibits of different artists, all very interesting. It is a beautiful building with incredible views.
St Michael's Mount is a unique tidal island situated across a man-made causeway of granite setts which can be accessed by foot at low tide, or via a short boat trip. Steeped in folk lore and mystery the evocative castle, sub-tropical gardens, village and café, exhibitions and not to mention the spectacular views an attraction well worth visiting. Be aware it is a steep climb to the castle but still lots to enjoy here if the walk is too much.
This narrow peninsula is just waiting to be explored. The coastal paths offer some delightful walks along this stunning region with spectacular views and a variety of habitats that attract a diverse wildlife to the area. You will pass by a number of ancient sites and remains in the area that relate to the once prosperous tin mining industry. The views are breathtaking and will enthral.
There are a number of fantastic golf courses nearby waiting to be played. You can choose from cliff top courses, links courses and parkland courses all have enviable scenery and offer plenty to challenge all level of golfer.
In the winter months it is the perfect spot to storm watch owing to the protection provided by the Pedn-men-du promontory, it protects the cove from the worst of the Atlantic gales.
A popular launching site for hang gliders, make sure to keep on eye up to the skies to see their colourful delta wings.
Sennen is a destination for all seasons and will ideally suit those who enjoy the wonderful outdoors. In the summer relax with an ice cream on the beach; after a brisk walk in the winter take shelter in a local pub in front of a roaring fire, what could be more inviting.