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The most southerly tip of Britain, the Penwith Peninsula is home to some of Cornwall’s most well-known spots. Pretty St Ives, set on a hillside running up from a sweeping bay on the north coast, is something of an artists’ colony and contains many galleries as well as the impressive Tate St Ives. Further west the breezy coast is dotted with beautiful villages, coves and beaches.

The most westerly point of mainland England, Land’s End provides a great lookout and is best approached along the cliff-top paths.

On the south coast lies some wonderful stretches of beach and the picture perfect village of Mousehole. The peninsula’s main settlement, Penzance, has some great beaches of its own and a pleasant ‘real-world’ feel. It is also the access point to St Michael’s Mount, a small island accessed via a rocky causeway, which is home to an impressive twelfth century abbey.

To the east is the beautiful Lizard Peninsula, an area much less developed than a lot of Cornwall. Surrounded by black cliffs and craggy coves, the Lizard has a pleasantly remote feel and is a great place to find secluded swimming spots and quiet villages.

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