Sennen Cove Travel Guide

  • Rocks and sea and sky
    Rocks and sea and sky
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  • Along the cliffs
    Along the cliffs
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    Waterfall blown upwards
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Sennen Cove Highlights

  • Pro
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     Wild and rugged and beautiful 

  • Con
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     Modern theme park 

  • In a nutshell
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     Still unmissable. Just ignore the theme park 

Sennen Cove Things to Do

  • The signpost

    Well, I took a photo and so, I suspect, do the vast majority of visitors to Lands End.Just as they do at John-o-Groats, the furthest northerly point of mainland Britain.The signpost was first erected in the 1950s and has been run as a family business ever since. If you want to be in the photo with it you must pay for the privilege. But if you stand...

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  • Penwith House

    Penwith House stands near the more recently-built 'theme park' area of Lands End.It was built in 1860 as a small hotel....a 'temperance' hotel, selling no alcohol and allowing none on the premises.It now houses (inevitably) a souvenir shop (Easter to September) and also a gallery selling paintings etc.

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  • The First and Last House

    Although supposedly the first building to be built at Lands End itself, other reports suggest this cottage was built after Penwith House (see below), the temperance hotel. The furthest point of Lands End is right in front of the cottage.Whichever came first, the cottage was run in the 1800s by one Gracie Thomas, as a souvenir shop and refreshment...

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Sennen Cove Restaurants

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    Cafe by the sea

    by ClareyD Updated Jul 9, 2005

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    Best thing about this place was being able to sit out with a table on the terrace right by the beach. Very relaxing place to stop for a quick bite to eat, just outside penzance (so naturally a lot more quieter). If you are feeling ambitious you can always walk to lands end from here.

    Favorite Dish: Chicken and Bacon Sandwich, coffee was pretty good too.

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Sennen Cove Transportation

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    Next stop America.

    by leics Written Jan 15, 2012

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    The only parking available at Lands End is that offered by the owners.

    Lands End is private land (apart from the public footpaths) and the public road leading to it has double yellow lines (no parking0 for some considerable distance.

    There is a large car park and a separate coach park. When I visited one paid for the ticket using the ticket machine, but in season I think the kiosk at the entrance is staffed and you pay for tickets in that way.

    Parking for the day costs 3GBP as of January 2012. That's a good price if you intend to stay all day, but rather expensive for a short visit.

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Sennen Cove Warnings and Dangers

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    Beautiful but treacherous

    by leics Written Jan 15, 2012

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    When you encounter a roped-off section of cliffs, keep away.

    You may feel immortal but the ropes are there for a good reason. Cliff edges are unstable.

    Use your common sense about exploring clifftops and clambering over rocks. You do not know what lies beneath the very edge (it could easily be a thin overhang) and rocks can be treacherous if even slightly wet.

    If you fall, someone else will have to risk his or her life to rescue you (or your body).

    So even if you are happy to risk your life, don't risk someone else's.

    Keep a close eye on your children too.

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Sennen Cove Off The Beaten Path

  • Beach or Harbour?

    Sennen Cove has two spectrums, one, a working harbour and two, a lovely sandy beach. It really depends what you are looking for. To go to the beach, take the first car park on the right as you approach the village. Be warned that there is a bit of hike to get to the beach from here. For the Harbour car park, follow the road as far as it goes. The...

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  • Walk to Land's End

    If you are feeling energetic, and staying in the Sennen area, try walking to Land's End. It's a pleasant walk filled with nice views and it's also satisfying to get out in the fresh ocean air and stretch your legs a bit. Just ask one of the locals for directions so you don't get lost.

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Sennen Cove Sports & Outdoors

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    by Vea Written Jul 31, 2006

    Sennen on the southwest tip of Cornwall is where Land and Ocean meet.This part of the U.K is like an open window to the Atlantic swells; from Iceland to The Azores . Here you can have the best of both worlds; South to Penzance there are sheltered coves, accessible at low tide while on the North coast the surf is all year round with some great shorebreaks.

    Equipment: There is a surf shop and a surf board and a wet suit hire place, so you don't have to bring your own.

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Sennen Cove Favorites

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    by Vea Written Jul 31, 2006

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    Favorite thing: Sennen Cove boasts one of the loveliest stretches of sand in Cornwall, Whitesands Beach, and still retains much of the atmosphere of an old fishing village. It is a popular spot with surfers and hosts the local surfing club. The Old Success Inn is a 17th century building with views across the bay. The cove was once frequented by many mermaids, in addition to the Sennen Whooper. Perhaps these mermaids were really dolphins, which can still be seen frolicking in the water close to the coast. A nearby rock is known as the Irish Lady and is the memorial to the sole survivor of a long ago wreck. Unfortunately she fell into the sea before she could be rescued, but her ghost can sometimes be seen still clinging to the rock.
    There is still a lifeboat station at Sennen and close by there are lobster pots testifying to the continuation of the local fishing industry. The Round House and Capstan gallery is a 19th century building with a converted net loft and can be found just beyond the lifeboat station. Sennen Cove is very close to Land’s End and is well placed for walks along the coastal path. There are numerous ancient sites in the area in addition to relics from the once thriving tin mining industry.
    Between Sennen and Land’s End lies the lonely farmhouse of Brea. This was built on land originally held by Count Robert of Mortain and farmed by his tenant Erchenbald at the time of the Domesday Book. The farm was small but had its own chapel, which survived until the 18th century. Facing the farm is the hill Chapel Carn Brea on which a fire is lit by the druids on Midsummer’s Eve. On this summit are the remains of a Neolithic chamber tumulus. The latter monument was previously concealed beneath another chapel dedicated to St Michael.

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