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A visit to Mousehole (1)

Mousehole Harbour

You certainly know that you are in Cornwall as you head up the hill from Penzance and Newlyn heading out towards Mousehole, Paul and Lamorna. The road is steep and narrow, definitely a place for patience and courtesy for other drivers! As you get into the country, you are lulled into false sense of security as the road widens somewhat. Turning left towards Paul and Mousehole you get to the King’s Arms by the church and the road narrows and dives down to the coast. If you have a moment it is worth stopping to see the little memorial to Polly Pentreath in the wall of the church yard. Polly was reputed to be the last native Cornish speaker.

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As you follow the snaking road into the port at Mousehole, you are relieved to see a car park right by the harbour and you can get out and walk, a mode of transport that this fishing village was designed for. If you peer over the quay wall towards the north east, you can see St Michaels Mount in the distance.

If you time your visit right, you can arrive when the tide is out and so have time to stroll along the sandy beach which disappears as the tide comes in. But be aware that the Mousehole is a working port and so there are quite a number of mooring lines to trips you up. Strolling along the sea front, you will pass the Ship Inn with a Barometer set in the wall. This was loaned to Mousehole in 1854 by Admiral Fitzroy who founded the Meteorological Office which, in 2009, gave it to the Harbour Authority.

It isn’t possible to do Mousehole justice in one short article, with so much to explore, so this will be continued.

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