Mousehole harbour at low tide, Cornwall


Cornwall holidays including a train trip for a solo holiday to Penzance and St Ives with day trips to Mousehole and other Cornish villages. I have fond memories of trips to Cornwall as a child and when older. I have visited possibly at least every 5 years.

Cornwall is a stunning part of the UK with some fantastic countryside but comes into its own at the coast. The coastline has some excellent beaches, lots of rugged cliffs and many small fishing villages.

Best of Cornwall

Some of the nicest places I have been to or stayed at in the county.


A place of mystery on the north coast that has many King Arthur legends associated with Tintagel. The cliffs are high and rugged with caves passing through them.


A nice North Cornish village with a great surfing beach, a return visit to Polzeath for me from a holiday with fond memories. There is a great surfing beach, river walking and clifftop walks.


Mousehole harbour at low tide, Cornwall

Mousehole is a small fishing village near to Penzance in Cornwall, this village has charm and beauty and a great place to take photos or for artists to paint.


Penzance Harbour

Penzance is a town at the end of the railway line in Cornwall, the town is quite quaint with many independent shops and eateries lining its streets as well as markets selling local produce. The local coastline is great and as a backdrop is the ever-present St Michaels Mount located just up the coast.

St Ives

I spent a nice week in St Ives in the Autumn of 2017 for a solo soul searching trip, I stayed at Treloyhan Manor overlooking the bay. St Ives is a paradise for tourists, artists and foodies.


I enjoy being a foodie and love to eat out, this fishing town was perfect for me. The Sloop Inn was a traditional pub serving good food. On my last visit, I opted for a fish starter followed by locally caught lobster for my main course. I really enjoyed the flavours and the freshness of both dishes.

Fish Starter atThe Sloop Inn in St Ives
Fish Starter

I also ate fresh locally caught crab in salad form, with chips, this was very good and left me wanting more seafood. To my surprise, I found a healthy cafe the name slips my mind but served me a Mexican burrito. When in Rome as they say I picked up picnic food at the local bakery, Cornish pasty and bread pudding was picked for sustenance on my coastal walk.

St Ives Bakery

Art & Artists

Artists flock to St Ives to paint and draw and there are also lots of galleries for you to visit including The Tate St Ives. There are many independent art galleries throughout the town. The area is said to have the best natural light in the country that helps bring landscapes to life. There are also cultural displays in the town such as The Invisible Man.

Art in St Ives, the invisible man
Art, The Invisible Man


Some of my other photographs from my visit from arrival at the train station, many of views in the locality and from a boat trip to Seal Island.

St Ives From Dolly P
St Ives From Dolly

Stay at Treloyhan Manor

I was on a budget trip and opted for a cheap venue to stay at, I found The Treloyhan Manor Hotel on offering very good rates for my stay. The Manor is located on the cliff tops overlooking St Ives Bay, It had very nice views particularly at sunrise and sunset. The room was a basic clean room with a single bed and had a haunted feel about the place. Breakfast was included in my stay, this was a full buffet and included options for full English, continental breakfast, cereals and kippers.

Treloyhan Manor Hotel in St Ives
Treloyhan Manor Hotel

The hotel was a nice walk downhill to St Ives passing Porthminster beach. The walk back was not so good after a day out walking due to the gradient up the hill all the way, I cheated a few times and opted for a taxi ride uphill. There are loads of other local hotels of varying standards in the town, MORE OPTIONS.

Porthminster Beach

The Porthminster beach is sandy, very photogenic and popular with swimmers, it also has a blue flag.

St Ives from Porthminster Beach
From Porthminster Beach