Sennen Cove to Botallack Mines: Exploring the wild West Cornwall coastline in winter

Sennen Cove has to be one of our most favourite beaches of all, so while staying in Penzance on a wintry weekend break we couldn’t not make the wonderful and winding fifteen minute drive to see it at at its wildest, out-of-season best.

The light and sheer rawness of this beach never fails to wow me. Fishing boats jostle in the harbour, whilst surfers brave the crashing waves. With a bag of fish and chips for lunch and our stunning sea view we couldn’t have been happier.

After lunch, we drove a few bays further round into Poldark country and the tin mines at Botallack. More wows; this place didn’t disappoint. Perched on the cliffs edge in a seemingly impossible position, there they were. Battling against the strong winds, we walked down the cliff path, through the mine ruins to the bottom, watching Kestrels soar and walkers doubling over against the elements.

This part of Cornwall is stunning at any time of year, but with a chill in the air, sunlight low in the sky and those moments you look around and find you have it all to yourself, it really is magical.

Images by Lou Archell


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This was kindly shared by Lou Archell.  She loves adventures, woodland walks, camp fires & drinking good coffee.  Lou is a freelance writer / blogger and lives in Bristol with her partner and two young sons, where she writes her successful lifestyle blog ‘Littlegreenshed’.