West Cornwall

Sunset over the Longships Lighthouse
Sunset over the Longships Lighthouse

West Cornwall

If you draw an arbitrary line between Gwithian and the Helford River then the area below that constitutes what I would regard as West Cornwall.

Popular places to visit are Land’s End, The Lizard, St. Ives and Penzance, and although some people would include Camborne and Redruth, I’m going to put them under the umbrella of Inland Cornwall.

Everybody has their own favourite bit of Cornwall – and West Cornwall is mine. It has a spiritual feel to it for me, maybe because of its location at the very end of the country, but also because of its strong Celtic connections.

It also has a wonderful coastline where you can look out across King Arthur’s ‘Lyonesse’ towards the fabulous Scilly Isles, but you don’t need to be Merlin to enjoy the magical skies that add a special feel to the views over the Longships Lighthouse, St Michael’s Mount or the Crown Engine Houses at Botallack.

There’s a rugged beauty here that is hard to beat, and I’ve never tired of coming here, and I doubt I ever will.