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Local Interest

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  • West Penwith is of special interest to birdwatchers, providing diverse habitats and attracting a wide variety of birds. It is a stopping place for migrants, and home to the wondrous choughs that are recolonising the cliffs around Cape Cornwall, Botallack, and Pendeen, as well as the Lizard to the south. The surrounding sea is home to seals and dolphins as well as basking sharks. Minke whales have been seen at Porthgwarra, six miles or so away.


  • Artists have famously drawn inspiration from the extraordinary quality of colour and light in Penwith. Nearby St Just has a thriving art community, and boasts some excellent galleries. In Penzance and Newlyn are the Exchange, the Newlyn Art Gallery, the Penlee House Gallery and Museum, and a host of commercial galleries. A few miles eastwards from Carnyorth along the dramatic and beautiful North Coast Road (B3306) is St Ives with its Tate Gallery, Hepworth Museum, Millenium Gallery, Tremayne Gallery, St Ives Ceramics Gallery and many others.


  • There are lots of interesting sites from the industrial archaeology of tin and copper mines, to medieval granite crosses, churches and holy wells, prehistoric monuments, stone circles, cairns and quoits.


  • Around the coastpath, up on the moors, through the fields...all absolutely wonderful!

Scenic trips - bus and plane

  • In summer months an open topped bus travels between Land End and St Ives, and stops 100 yards from the cottage.

    Land's End airport is a couple of miles away, and provides scenic flights as well as flights to the Isles of Scilly.

Outdoor pursuits

  • Walking
    Golf (and indoor pool) near Cape Cornwall, a mile or two away.
    Surfing and swimming at Sennen and St Ives

Links to local events and services in and around Carnyorth


  • News and views from Cornwall's Far West, updated daily... Surfing, Lifeboat, Birdwatching, Wildlife, Local Weather. A brilliant site!


  • A friendly family-run pub serving excellent locally-sourced food and ales, a short walk away.


  • ....the Trewellard Arms, also a short walk away (the other way!) and serving good locally-sourced food.


  • Full of tradition, character and charm. One of the oldest pubs in St Just. Excellent West Country ales. Doesn't do food. There is a wonderful evening of live traditional folk/country music on a Monday (Fiddly Dee).


  • The Cook Book is a delightful cafe-bookshop in St. Just. The shop combines a welcoming cafe, offering home-made cakes and locally produced food, with a well-stocked second-hand bookshop.


  • A few miles away towards St Ives...great award winning pub! Nice atmosphere, excellent food, lovely bit of coast.


  • The essential guide to arts and crafts in St Just


  • For golf!


  • Famous outdoor theatre with beautiful ocean backdrop on the cliffs above Porthcurno. Full programme of productions. Open daily. Cafe


  • The St Just community festival usually in July, with twelve hours of live music and entertainment, and colourful stalls selling books, clothes, arts and crafts etc. Click the link for details of events.


  • Fascinating museum on the Geevor tin mine site in Pendeen, a mile or so away. Underground tours available in the summer.


  • Cornwall's archaeological heritage - a field guide to accessible sites


  • St Ives Tate Gallery, and the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden - info on exhibitions and opening times.


  • Cornwall Association of Tourist Attractions

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