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Newlyn Cornwall - A Walk Around

Newlyn Cornwall - A Walk Around

 

Statue Newlyn CornwallNewlyn is a good place to have a walk round with many points of interest to see. Newlyn has many memorials, statues and plaques set about the village marking points of historical note. The views of Mount's Bay from Newlyn are good and you may even see dolphins following the fishing boats into the harbour.

Walking from Penzance to Newlyn you have the sea on your left. You will pass the skate park which is fee to use, a play park, basket ball court and boating lake. There is also a bowling green and small pebble beach.

Enter Newlyn on the path that runs next to the sea and you will see the re-vamped Newlyn Art Gallery on your right. The Newlyn Gallery and sister gallery The Exchange in Penzance now allow well behaved dogs. On your left is a Bronze statue in memory of Cornish fisherman lost at sea. Take the small road to the left, pass the pub, cross the bridge and you will enter the centre of the village.

In the centre of Newlyn stands a commanding War Memorial and the Fisherman's Mission building (The aim of the Mission is to provide care compassion and support to working retired and disabled fishermen and their families.) which looks like it serves a very good breakfast in the cafe, which is open to all and also provides internet access - a good cause to support. There are a couple of shops and galleries in Newlyn, bakeries serving pasties, cafes, pubs and restaurants. If you stand with your back to the Fisherman's Mission and turn right along the main road and cross the cross roads you will see the old pilchard works across the road from the river. Along the main road back in the direction of Penzance is an excellent ice cream shop selling homemade ice cream.

Head back into the centre of the village and follow the main road toward Mousehole and you will come to Newlyn Harbour a busy working fishing harbour, Newlyn Marina which is usually busy with boats coming and going and the lifeboat station with shop. The Newlyn lifeboat is often seen moored in the Marina. You can explore around this area, just take note of where you are allowed to go. The Newlyn fish mongers have shops along this road for fresh fish. Up the hill and overlooking the harbour is a tall memorial erected in memory of Louisa A. M. McGrigor who died in service on March 31st 1917 by her fellow British Red Cross members.

It is reported that on 20th October 1937 the fishing boat Rosebud P287 left Newlyn for Westminster Pier with a petition to save Newlyn from Penzance Town Council’s sweeping house clearance which threatened the village and residents, despite this over 100 cottages were demolished by the local government.

Head away from the harbour up the hill, towards Mousehole where you will pass a plaque for social reformer William Lovely of Newlyn 1800-1877 imprisoned for advocating liberties which we now enjoy.

Leaving Newlyn towards Mousehole there is a plaque on the side of a house opposite the Marine and Fisheries Agency to the memory of Bill Best Harris, 1914-1987, historian from Plymouth who's research indicated The Mayflower docked in Newlyn on 16th August 1620 at the Old Key for water and supplies making it the last port of call in England. The water supply of Plymouth being the cause of fever and cholera in the city. Let the debate begin…………or so the plaque reads.

If you continue on the road towards Mousehole you will pass the old Penlee lifeboat station read more, it is quite a long walk, but a nice one as you walk with a view of Mount's Bay for the main part.

Parking is difficult in the centre of Newlyn, although there is a small car park. If you drive through Newlyn towards Mousehole there is parking by the side of the road by the harbour and a harbour car park. There is also parking on the side of the road on the road from Newlyn to Mousehole. Alternatively park in Penzance and take the lovely walk along the sea front from Penzance to Newlyn. Newlyn is on a regular bus route.

 

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