Granite outcrops like St. Michael’s Mount form a distinctive silhouette visible across all of Mounts Bay, whilst popular sandy beaches face south. The shingle Loe Bar separates the sea from Cornwall’s largest fresh water lake. Historic engine houses cling to the cliff slopes at Trewavas and Rinsey, and woodlands occur along valleys.
The coastal landscape east of Mount's Bay is soft, receiving shelter from the Penwith peninsula which breaks the westerly gales and Atlantic seas. The rocky granite of St. Michaels Mount is nationally recognisable and forms a focal point within Mount's Bay. Further east the land is higher and the cliffs become steeper and more rugged. Loe Pool is an important freshwater habitat held back from the sea by a shingle bar. Throughout, the coastline has fine stretches of sandy beaches.
Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Unit
Block E1, Carrick House