West Penwith

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Also known as the Land’s End Peninsula, it is at the south-west extremity of England, surrounded on three sides by the pounding waters of the Atlantic Ocean. The area includes the fishing settlement of St Ives and a number of small villages. Access to most of the landscape is by narrow ancient lanes bounded by Cornish hedges.


This is a granite coastline, punctuated by coves and occasional chasms locally known as 'Zawns'. Headlands and coves form a continuous sequence, from the mining area of Pendeen to St. Ives. The Minack Theatre is set into the granite cliffs host near Porthcurno. Sloping cliffs clothed in coastal heathland eventually meet fields and lanes edged with Cornish Hedges. Small valleys running down to the cliffs have made notches in this coastal plateau.

Contact Details

The Cornwall AONB Unit
Floor 4A, Pydar House
Pydar Street

Web: http://www.cornwallaonb.org.uk/west-penwith