My grandad is buried in Paul so whenever I pop up to say hi with my mum during the summer, we tend to make a day of it and walk down into Mousehole. It’s a gorgeous village which gets really busy with tourists in the summer and locals at Christmas (the lights are the best in the county) and so, like most of my favourite Cornish spots, it’s best appreciated in the early summer. Of course, there were more ‘I want one of those’ homes to look at on the way! And I believe I was christened in this church.
A few years ago my brother discovered a great little cafe off the main footpath called the Rock Pool Cafe. He would pop in after jumping off the harbour for a brew and toasted tea cake to warm up. It has changed hands since I last went there and it’s beautifully decorated. The view is as incredible as ever and the prices aren’t bad either – £3 for a piece of amazing lemon curd sponge and £2 for a latte. I went for a milkshake as I can’t tolerate hot drinks when it’s bakingly hot outside.
Walking along the coastal path towards Newlyn was really peaceful, even though we came across some fellow walkers. Cornwall is so polite and friendly – complete strangers always smile and say hello when walking past.
The graffiti down here has also come a long way since my dad last took a picture of the word ‘japs eye’! I was so impressed that I had to take some snaps. Banksy hasn’t got anything to worry about yet, though.
More pretty houses and views!
Of course, no journey the other side of Penzance is complete without a trip to Jelberts!
Once you get down to this side of Newlyn, you have to wander down onto Newlyn Green and take a look at this incredible Fisherman’s statue. It’s one of my favourite pieces of artwork in the area (older photo below, hence the grey clouds).