Mousehole : A Winter Walk

Last Thursday was the 6th anniversary of the date on which we collected the keys to our Cornish house and the first night we spent here (camping on blow-up beds). Our actual move date isn’t until the end of March, but we like to acknowledge this memorable date too so off we went for lunch at the Old Coastguard Hotel in the picturesque village of Mousehole (Mow-zel) on the western edge of Mount’s Bay just a couple of miles from Penzance.

View of the bay from the  Old Coastguard

It turned out to be one of the best days that we have experienced for a while and the air was so clear we could see right across to the Lizard which is about 30 miles away (you can just make out the line of cliffs on the horizon). After lunch we had a quick stroll around the village and the south quay looking for coffee shops. We found a couple, but most of the shops and art galleries were closed until the half term. And oddly for what used to be a fishing village and is only a mile or so from what is still the fishing port of Newlyn, we didn’t find a single fish and chip shop, although the Deli claims to sell fish and chips.

Mousehole from the south quay

The water positively gleamed like a shiny mirror in the light and the granite stone of a lot of the buildings and the harbour walls took on a golden tone in the low winter sunlight. Although the hotel was reasonably full for the lunch session the rest of the village was very quiet. Not a place you really want to be driving through I might add, though several cars did try and manoeuvre the very narrow streets, some with great difficulty when they met someone coming the other way. There is parking on the harbour, but easier on the nerves if you park on the roadside leading to the village or in the fairly large car park just as you enter.

As you can see from the photos the tiny harbour is protected from gales and storms during the winter months with a wooden barrier. And be warned, dogs are not exactly welcomed on the beach or the quayside at any time of the year. In fact reading a couple of notices on the village noticeboard I got the impression that the Harbourmaster is quite a grumpy person!

Jo’s Monday Walk


  1. I remember this lovely place from our one trip to Cornwall. We had a glorious day like this last Friday so the weather must have been moving northwards! I wish it would turn south again and come back this way.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Friday was supposed to be the best day, but Thursday was much better. Hope tomorrow isn’t as bad as forecast!

  2. Cathy says:

    What a glorious day for a walk, Jude! Did you have a nice lunch? And what did you do between Key Day and Moving In day? Not sleeping on the blow-up bed in an empty house for over a month, I trust? 😊

    1. Heyjude says:

      We spent the next 6 weeks going back and forth to Shropshire taken bits and pieces, plants etc and staying over 2 or 3 nights at a time.

      1. Cathy says:

        Perhaps easier that way than packing everything and closing the door on your old place?

  3. It looks lovely weather for February! I have only been to Conrwall once but remember the tiny streets (once nearly got stranded in Port Isaac!). It must have been such a tough life for the fishermen back in the day.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Even tougher for those who are left in the fishing industry. And all those tiny cottages are mostly holiday lets now. Hope your weather has cooled down somewhat.

      1. It must be a tough existence for them. I imagine the cottages are well out of the price range of many locals too. The weather is cooler but rather humid – we finally had our new air conditioning installed yesterday. It’s reverse cycle though so will also be nice and cosy in the winter 🙂

      2. I meant Cornwall of course – not “Conrwall”. Excuse typo in my original comment.

        1. Heyjude says:

          Never even noticed!

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