Evening in the small harbour at Sennen Cove in the far, far west of Cornwall. Around the corner is Land’s End and the next stop is the USA.
Whilst Sennen is best known for its mile or so of beautiful beach which has been a magnet for surfers over the last 4 decades, the cove’s history is one of fishing and smuggling. It takes a fairly brave soul to work the seas around the coast here and just behind the harbour is the RNLI lifeboat house crewed by some of the bravest of the brave. The coast around here is notorious for shipwrecks and these guys are in the frontline when it comes to saving lives.
The boat numbers are an interesting mix of PZ (Penzance) and SS (St Ives). I suppose if you follow the coast around Sennen is about half way between the two towns.
Located on the more sheltered eastern side of the Lizard Peninsula is the picture postcard Cornish fishing village of Cadgwith. The village is centred around the small cove where the shingle beach doubles as the harbour. Although fishing has declined from being the sole activity in the village it still plays an important part in local life. Now-a-days the small fleet is more oriented towards crab and lobster than the pilchard that were landed in their millions during the villages heyday.
Tourism is now the villages bread and butter with many of the villages idyllic cottages let out as self catering holiday accommodation. It does get busy here in the summer but fortunately it is just far enough off the beaten track to not be a victim of its own qualities.
One thing I’ve noticed over the years is there are more thatched cottages on the eastern side of the Lizard and Helford area. I’ve always attributed this to the abundance of thatching materials from the abundant woodland combined with the distance from areas of natural slate production on the North Coast. I could of course, as I often am, be completely wrong!