This charming fishing village may look small, but behind its picture-perfect coves and tiny bobbing boats lies a mighty history full of tales and legend. From the Mousehole cat, smugglers, invasion and stargazy pie, dive into the magical allure of Mousehole, written into its cobbled streets.
Rows upon rows of cottages, dotted with a traditional bakery or paper shop, make up the backdrop of Mousehole’s two sandy coves and working harbour. Scower the shores for unique shells and pebbles before settling in a sunny corner with a Cornish ice cream in hand, watching the fisherman bringing in nets of pilchards later to be served by a log fire in one of the village’s cosy pubs. For a days activity, try crabbing in the scattering of rockpools or climbing the steep hillside to visit the town’s bird sanctuary. When the sun has settled beneath the horizon, curl up in your retreat, delighting in the sounds of fishermen packing up after a day’s catch.
Visit in winter to see the village’s fables come to life in their famous Christmas light display, best viewed wrapped in a wooly scarf, a mulled wine in hand. Or for more adventure all year round, explore the surrounding South West Cornwall. Penzance’s promenade, lido and shops are a short drive away. At low-tide head to Marazion and walk the causeway across to St Michael’s Mount, pack a picnic blanket, juice, and scones to eat at the iconic Minack Theatre, or spend the whole day on the tropical Porthcurno Beach.
With day boats and trawlers landing their catch right outside you’d be right to expect plenty of fish and seafood on the menu here. Locally made sandwiches, pasties or ice cream on the harbour, cream teas in the garden or laid-back fine dining overlooking the sea, you can take your pick in Mousehole. The Old Coastguard and 2 Fore Street are the village’s best. Take in 180-degree seaviews from The Rock Pool café or stop a while on white iron-wrought seating in the Harbour Coffee and Café’s courtyard.
Dogs are welcome along the harbour with exception of the outer quays and beaches (Mousehole is still a working, albeit small, fishing port). With glorious sea views, the tarmacked path between Mousehole and Newlyn – and eventually Penzance and Marazion further along – is the perfect stretch for running or walking your dog. Alternatively, head out along adjoining South West Coast Path for 630-miles of spectacular dog-friendly walking.
Although paved, Mousehole’s narrow and sometimes hilly streets wind through the original harbour village and as such there are few pedestrian pavements. There is easy access on to the second (north) beach and steep steps leading onto the first beach (south). There are two pay and display car parks in Mousehole but if visiting for the day it is recommended to park along Cliff Road between Mousehole and Newlyn and enjoy the walk along the coastline. There are two public toilets situated next to the south and north piers.