PLACES TO GO & THINGS TO DO
The South West Coastal Path offers spectacular walks with one of the most popular being Predannack to Kynance Cove, around a five-mile round journey. Along the coastal path can see Peregrine Falcons, Kestrels, Buzzards, Ravens, maybe Choughs and many other species. You will often sea seals and if you’re lucky the odd pod of dolphins and even basking sharks.
Walking ‘the other way’ towards Helston you can pop into the Marconi Centre at Poldhu and learn how the first wireless messages were sent across the Atlantic, including the first message that dispatched the rescue boats to the Titanic. Trekking further on you can walk past Poldhu, then Gunwalloe, through to Loe Bar and eventually the Penrose Estate through to Porthleven.
For keen golfers, Mullion Golf Club welcomes visitors to play on what is surely the most spectacular setting of any course in England and a warm welcome and great food are always available in the 19th hole. Horse riding is also available locally at Newton Equestrian Centre.
Mullion’s Cricket and Football Clubs welcome new members and visitors alike. After watching the Mullion F.C. you can stay and watch the big games which are all shown on the TV at the bar. Either the 1st or 2nd XI’s will always have a home game on Saturday in the season. The post-match food at the cricket club is very popular and great value.
Down at Mullion Cove you can get a guided tour or hire a kayak to explore the local caves, coves and island. Atlantic Forge sell and hire wet suits and surf boards whilst on Poldhu beach you can also hire equipment and take lessons.
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With Dimensions and You Beauty in the village there is no excuse for a bad hair day – and as well as Mullion Cove Hotel, you can get pampered and destress at Pure Bliss or You Beauty. Both the hotels also offer Spa and pampering packages and long and short-term memberships. The Mullion Cove Hotel’s new Spa provides outstanding and sumptuous leisure facilities with various treatments and a spectacular outdoor pool.
As well as all the shops and craft outlets at Mullion Meadows, on the road to the Harbour, you can enjoy the ‘Chocolate Factory’ and see the treats being made.
Five minutes along the road towards the Lizard Village is Cadgwith, location for BBC’s the Fisherman’s Apprentice, a small working cove surrounded by thatched cottages, untouched by time and one of the prettiest fishing coves imaginable. On Wednesday evenings in summer there is a beach barbecue with that that days catch, and you may get to hear the fishermen that caught it singing some fine shanties. all the money raised goes to Cadgwith’s Christmas lights, which are a spectacular sight to see. On a fine day, try sitting on “the stick”, a nearby headland, where you can watch fisherman bring in their catch.
Lizard Village itself offers many walks and sights including its famous lighthouse and every Tuesday at 18:30 the lifeboat is launched, and Lizard Point is a great place for seal watching.
At Roskillys, outside St Keverne, you can sample some of the UK’s most delicious ice cream and have a lovely walk around the farm and woods. The other side of Roskillys is the picturesque Cornish village of Coverack, with its lovely beach and harbour.
The Helford River has a charm all its own and, unlike the rugged west coast, is set in a sheltered, wooded coastline. There are many wonderful walks, or you can hire a boat and explore the many beaches and creeks, including Frenchman’s Creek made famous by Daphne Du Maurier. Either from the Helford River Ferry or directly by driving towards Constantine you can discover the wonderful Trebah Gardens and the National Trust’s Glendurgan. At Gweek, at the mouth of the Helford is the National Seal Sanctuary, where you can learn about their rescue, rehabilitation and the conservation work.
Outside Helston, on the way to Penzance is the National Trust’s Godolphin House. Just further on from there you can visit Marazion and take in Britain’s favourite view at St Michael’s Mount across the tidal causeway.