Sennen West Cornwall: History and Rambling


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5 Nights / 6 days
Event Category:
Walking Holiday
Group size:
Minimum 5 Maximum 12
Holiday Dates
19 - 24 May 2023, Fri - Wed 5 nights
Sennen, Cornwall
Walk Grade
Deposit Required
10% deposit within 7 days of booking / balance 10 weeks in advance

A fantastic opportunity to explore West Cornwall with Cornish resident, Helen. There is so much to see and we will be combining some gentle walking with a whole host of fascinating outings. We visit Mousehole with its fishing industry and lifeboat heritage; St Ives with, yes, more fishing and also lots of local art and artists; Sancreed with its ancient history; Geevor and Botallack with the remnants of a thriving tin mining industry and Penzance with a plethora of interesting places to visit. The trip will be facilitated by a host of local female guides who will share their passion for the area.  As well as walking and sightseeing, we hope to take a short boat trip in order to enjoy Cornwall from a different perspective.

We are based in lovely self catering cottages in Sennen, overlooking Whitesands Bay and only 5 minutes walk away from the beach.

Itinerary (subject to change)

Day 1 Arrive at our accommodation and settle in. There will be the option of a short walk along the coast path towards Land’s End before dinner.

Day 2 Today we head to the gorgeous coastal village of Mousehole where we meet local guide Elaine. Her family have lived here for generations, with strong connections to the RNLI, so it is a truly fascinating insight into village life. Next we take an optional boat tour to explore the local wildlife of the area. We then head to Newlyn to meet Jeanette for a tour of this lovely town.

Day 3 After breakfast, we drive to nearby Sancreed Beacon for a stunning circular walk. We take in Sancreed Holy Well, Carn Euny stone age village, Carn Euny Holy Well, the old China Clay Works at Tredinney Common, Bartinney Downs and Castle, Caer Bran Hillfort, Tony’s Wood, and Sancreed Beacon with fabulous views of Mount’s Bay. 

Day 4 Today we take the open top bus to St Ives, along the beautiful north Cornish coast. Once in St Ives, we will meet our guide and explore the highlights of this captivating town, with a focus on the fishing folk and artists who made it their home. After lunch, there will be an option to  join Helen for a short walk along the coast  or spending some time at leisure exploring St Ives before catching the train back to Penzance. We will eat in town before heading back to the cottage.

Day 5 Today, we’ll be focussing on the mining industry which was so important to the Cornish economy. We’ll take the bus towards St Just and will continue our journey on foot along the coast, through Cape Cornwall and the Kenidjack Valley to the Botallack and Levant Mines. We’ll spend some time exploring this fascinating area before heading on to Geevor Tin Mine Museum.

Day 6 Departure day and we make the most of our time by heading to Penzance for a 2 hour tour with Anna before the journey home.

Single with Shared Bathroom £650;Twin Shared Room: £100 discount per person (If there is nobody available to share, you will be asked to pay the single supplement or you can choose to cancel if this is not feasible) Price Includes: 5 nights' accommodation in self catering cottages; breakfast and packed lunch on a help yourself basis; entrance fees and local guides; boat trip (weather permitting) Not Included: Evening meals (your guide will arrange for the group to eat together); transport to Sennen; personal expenses; insurance
Walks of up to 6 miles taken at a leisurely pace with plenty of stops for photos, refreshment breaks, taking in the scenery. The pace will be leisurely with no need to rush. Walks may involve some ascent / descent but these will be taken at a comfortable pace and will be on good paths although there may be uneven ground. Parts of the holiday will be guided tours in villages and towns and generally on pavements.
Helen Venus Helen has been an enthusiastic advocate for women only walks for many years and relishes the opportunity to share her enjoyment of the outdoors with her groups. Although rubbish at bird identification and only slightly better with flowers, she loves sharing her historical knowledge of her adopted home of Cornwall and taking groups off the beaten track.
We are staying at Atlantic Lodge self-catering cottages. There are 3 cottages available all next to each other. Comfortable, bright rooms offer fabulous views with a beach only a few minutes' walk away.
Atlantic Lodge, Sunny Corner Lane, Sennen TR19 7AX By train: The nearest station is Penzance which is a 15 minute drive away. We can arrange a shared taxi at around 4pm by request (Not included) By car: follow the A30 towards Land’s End until you reach the signs that welcome you to Sennen. Immediately turn right into Sunny Corner Lane. The entrance to Atlantic Lodge is 300 metres along Sunny Corner Lane on the right hand side (50 metres before the post box). Parking for Victoria is to the left and Edward and Lizzie to the right as you come down the drive.


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  • 19/05/2023
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