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An Insider’s Guide to Cornwall:  Penwith & the Isles of Scilly

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A Remote Peninsula to Explore, With Many Hidden Beauty Spots.

When exploring the remote peninsula of Penwith, you will never be short of places to visit, with plenty of hidden coves, stunning beaches and ancient monuments/areas to discover.  When hiring a motorhome from Cornish Motorhome Hire, the possibilities are endless.  You could even park up in Penzance or Land’s End and travel by boat, or by plane to the breathtaking Isles of Scilly for a day trip!   

Whether you are adults on a peaceful road trip, or a family taking an adventurous holiday, Penwith and the Isles of Scilly will not disappoint.  The area has camping spots a-plenty, and caters for all age groups. 

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Places to Visit in Penwith

St Michael’s Mount:  Visit this historic island and its castle, which can be accessed from Marazion.  Depending upon the tide, you can either walk along the granite causeway which takes approx. 10-15 minutes, or you can travel by ferryboat.  Grid ref: 50.117153 ; -5.477807. 

Minack Theatre:  The Minack is an open-air theatre, overlooking the sea.  It was built by Rowena Cade, and was opened in 1930.  You can visit this stone theatre and watch the exhibition video, see images on the walls, walk around the theatre, visit the café or even book to see a show – with everything from operas, musicals and plays.  Grid ref: 50.041119 ; -5.651723 

Mousehole:  A delightful, quaint fishing port, village and beach, with its narrow streets – hosting many festivals and community events throughout the year.  Worth a visit in December for the Christmas illuminations.  Grid ref: 50.084245; -5.539062. 

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More Places To Visit In Penwith

Porthcurno:  Porthcurno boasts a sandy beach, incorporating  Logan’s Rock.  You can visit the Telegraph Museum with its underground WWII tunnels.  Whilst in the area, The Minack Theatre (see above) is a stone’s throw away.  Grid ref: SW3822 

Botallack Mine: At Pendeen, you will find Botallack Mine.  Part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, this used to be a submarine mine and has tunnels which run under the sea.  Grid ref: SW365332 

Land’s End:  This famous landmark has the English Channel on one side and the Celtic Sea on the other.  You can discover the stunning coastline, where you can walk to Sennen Cove.  Land’s End has various family attractions/activities on offer, and you can browse round and purchase some gifts at the Westcountry Shopping Village  Grid ref: SW 34177 

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Beaches on the Penwith Peninsula

On the Cornwall coast, there are way too many beaches to mention – both popular holiday resorts and secluded coves, many of which are unknown to the general holidaymaker.  The beauty of hiring a motorhome from Cornish Motorhome Hire, is that you have the freedom to drive around and discover quiet places of beauty at your leisure.  Some beaches to try on the peninsula are: 

Portheras Cove – Pendeen 

Veor Cove – Zennor 

Pedn Vounder – Treen 

Nanjizal – Polgigga 

If you are a fan of wildlife, you can often spot basking sharks, seals, dolphins and porpoises off this coastline.

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The Isles of Scilly – Daytrip

30 miles west of Land’s End, you will find the Scilly Isles.  This amazing group of islands are close together and you can transfer from one to another by a small boat.  There are two ways to travel to the Isles… Park your motorhome in Penzance and take the Scillonian III Ferry from Lighthouse Pier, or drive to the airport near Land’s End and board the Skybus.  The Skybus takes approximately 20 minutes from Land’s End.  You can also catch a Skybus from Newquay airport, with a 30 minute journey.  The ferry is a 2hr 45min cruise which passes by St. Michael’s Mount, Mousehole, The Minack, Porthcurno and more, allowing you to take in the scenery.  If you wish, you can arrange to travel over on the ferry and return on the Skybus. 

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Ancient & Sacred

If history is one of your interests, then Penwith hosts many monuments and an array of ancient burial grounds including: 

Merry Maidens & Lamorna: Ten maidens are said to have been turned to stone as punishment for dancing on the sabbath. 

Men-an-tol at Morvah: This is a famous fertility stone with a tale – legend says that if you crawl through the stone, it passes on its powers of fertility. 

Boscawen-un: This stone circle is located between Penzance and Land’s End. 

Carn Brea, Sennen: With its sea views, these bronze-age burial chambers can be found on the first and last hill in England. 

Carn Euny, Lamorna: The bronze-age settlement is a village site dating back to 500BC.  It has an underground fogou passage and a holy well.

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There are countless campsites to choose from along the Penwith peninsula.  Below, you will find a small selection.  In busy periods such as school holidays, it is always advisable to book ahead: 

Treen Farm Campsite – near Pedn Vounder & Porthcurno (10 min drive from Sennen.) 

Cardinney Caravan & Camping Park – near Penzance & Land’s End (Adults only.) 

Mount Douglas Farm Campsite – 20 mins walk to Carbis Bay (1 Jul – 31 Aug) 

Elysian Fields – 2 miles from Porthleven (Ideal for Praa Sands / Flambards at Helston) (Year round) 

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Contact Us for Motorhome Hire in Cornwall

Cornish Motorhome Hire have luxury motorhomes, all well furnished and fully equipped with everything you need for your trip away/holiday on the road.  Simply check out our vehicles, select the motorhome of your choice, check availability on the dates of your choosing and go through to our online booking system, or alternatively, call David on 07986 073469.  We are conveniently located in Liskeard – making us the ideal choice for picking up a motorhome hire on your way down to Penwith.  At Cornish Motorhome Hire, we pride ourselves in delivering an ‘old school’ customer service and we look forward to meeting you very soon.