21st July 2015
Sennen is the country’s first and last port of call. One of the first places in to receive the Atlantic’s storms. One of the last places you’d see as you floated away on a boat to America. Sennen feels like the end of the earth. Join us as we take a walk.
It was a sticky warm night when we visited one of the UK’s most far flung villages near the south west tip of the Cornwall. But a building low pressure only added to its beauty.
The sand is still bright white. The sea is still unbelievably clear. It’s easy to see why Sennen makes plenty of the UK’s top destinations for jaw dropping beauty.
The coastline here is wild, and a few wild fishermen still occupy the small fleet of ships in the harbour. Cape Cornwall gig rowing club is also located here. It’s a treacherous stretch of coast, with the sea showing the wisps and change of colour of competing currents.
The Sennen Coastguard Station originally built in 1812 is still a working Lifeboat Station, now manned by the RNLI. It houses a state-of-the-art Tamar-class lifeboat alongside tales of shipwrecks, sea rescues and many, many lives lost at sea. It’s open to the general public and well worth a visit.
From here we take a walk through thatched fisherman’s cottages and upwards along the cliff path towards Sennen’s granite coastguard lookout.
The view here is quite unbeatable. Look left and you’ll see Land’s End just over a mile away jutting out into the Atlantic. Look right and you’ll see the mining coast towards Cape Cornwall. Straight out are the Cowloe rocks and The Tribbens, a natural breakwater during big storms. On a clear day, you can even see the 28 miles out to sea to the Isles of Scilly.
Returning back to the village we had worked up an appetite for our dinner booking at Ben Tunnicliffe’s – a beach-side restaurant that offers relaxed dining. Despite the rain settling in, we tucked ourselves away undercover to enjoy the outdoor barbecue.
Well. It wouldn’t be Cornwall without four seasons in one day.