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A tiny picture postcard fishing village steeped in old world character and charm

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Mousehole harbour

As one of the most photographed locations in Cornwall, Mousehole (pronounced Mowzel) is an idyllic holiday destination. Lined with a collection of Lamorna granite houses, the harbour is Mousehole’s signature location. As a small fishing village, Mousehole has upheld its original character and charm.

Its accessibility forms a large part of its allure. You only have to take a few steps away from the harbour to find yourself in the village centre, with excellent restaurants, shops and galleries gathered along the narrow streets. Poet and writer Dylan Thomas described Mousehole as “the loveliest village in England,” and lovely it is.

Just offshore from the harbour is St Clement’s Isle, a cluster of rocks with a unique history. It is said that an ancient hermit once lived there. Just a few hundred yards along the coast from the village, there is a huge cave, believed to have given the name to the village. Mousehole’s quirky history is part of what makes it so special.

Tater Du Lighthouse

For walkers, the route from Mousehole to Lamorna Cove is hugely popular and follows a beautiful stretch of coast. Starting in the harbour, the route joins the South West Coast Path, passing through the Kemyel Crease nature reserve and around the headland of Carn Du. Take in the panoramic views on this 5-mile route. From Lamorna Cove, you can continue along the coast path to reach Tater Du Lighthouse. For adventures closer to the village, the safe beach set into the harbour is hugely popular with families and makes for a great beach day.

If you’re stopping for a meal, you must sample some of the local food. Rock Pool is perched above the village and offers great coffee, cakes and light meals, all the while with an unrivalled sea view. For dinner, it’s well worth checking out The Old Coastguard Hotel. Local seafood dishes include Newlyn crab and Fowey oysters, but there’s plenty to whet your appetite on their extensive menu. Local pub, The Ship Inn, is a fantastic place to stop for an ale overlooking the famous harbour.

“Poet and writer Dylan Thomas described Mousehole as “the loveliest village in England,” and lovely it is.”

The iconic St Michael’s Mount is just 20 minutes away. The historic castle can be found just off the coast on its own island and can be accessed by wandering over the sea path or crossing by boat. This truly spectacular castle is a must-see when visiting this part of Cornwall.

While you’re there

Lamorna Cove

A pleasant beach for swimming, it is well sheltered and has some sand at low tide.

Mousehole beach

This pretty beach is very popular. Surrounded by quaint shops and cafes.

Newlyn Cheese & Charcuterie

Stock up on a great range of local cheeses and cured meats.

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