If post-containment (ish) London gloom gives you the blues as summer draws to a close, don’t worry.
Assuming you’re in the mood for a last minute getaway, head to the warm but glorious village of Mousehole in Cornwall.
The view of the harbor and the rocky seaside vibe will certainly ease any tension you feel.
Just be aware that this is definitely more of a vacation than a day trip – you’ll need to stay at least a few days to make it worth it.
Located at the western end of Mount’s Bay, three miles west of Penzance, VisitCornwall has called Mousehole a “village charmer”, one that “will capture your heart”.
The name Mousehole is believed to be derived from the Cornish word “Moeshayle”, which means “brook of the young woman”. Others argue that it is simply a reference to the original small port while also looking like a mouse hole. I am personally more comfortable with the latter.
Charles de Lint, author of many famous and modern fairy tales, has installed some of his novels in the village. His history in the art world can be seen in the Tyler Gallery museum.
From the 14th to the 20th century, Mousehole was a humble fishing village. These days, however, there is a lot more to do than cruise the ocean. But the option is still there if you are a fisherman. The rocks between Newlyn and Mousehole Harbor are great for conger fishing.
There are many beautiful hikes, boat cruises, places to eat and drink, and other water activities like surfing to enjoy at Mousehole Beach. You are also only a 25 minute drive to Pothcurno Beach, which is slightly larger if you are keen on surfing.
Stroll along the Mousehole to Lamorna Cave circular walk.
There are plenty of picaresque seaside views on your way, past the historic Kemyel Crease Nature Reserve and back to the cliff top farms overlooking Île Saint-Clément. Be warned, it’s a pretty tough walk.
There is also a hospital and a wild bird sanctuary open to visitors returning from the walk.
The highlight of Mousehole is undoubtedly the harbor.
The port was established in the 16th century as the main port of Mount’s Bay. This is why Mousehole is in Cornwall’s Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (Areas placed in this designation have the same protection and status as a national park.)
The village center itself is full of shops, charming restaurants, pubs and wine bars, art galleries, museums and jewel shops. Being a fishing village, there are also many food markets.
If you’re feeling peckish after all this adventure, make a reservation for dinner at the Ship Inn pub.
Overlooking the harbor and located at the end of a hidden, winding village street, Ship Inn serves upscale, unpretentious pub food, with a particular emphasis on fish.
The website promises “a choice of reinvented pub classics, fresh seafood and a selection of mouthwatering sweet options.” TripAdvisor reviews praise the pub’s “top notch service” and “fantastic food and atmosphere”.
Most dishes cost between £ 9 and £ 15 and there is an extensive wine list as well.
Other popular restaurants in the area include 2 Fore Street. A bistro-style restaurant with a secret garden, overlooking the harbor.
2 Fore Street offers dishes such as Moules Mariniere, a special Cornish Bouillabaisse and other seafood specialties like Smoked Mackerel and Newlyn Stuffed Crab.
If seafood is a bit too much for you, Rock Pool Café is here for an afternoon tea and cake, or a light sandwich, with a mesmerizing view of Mount’s Bay.
How to get there
Via the A303 and A30 you have a 5 hour drive from London.
By train from Paddington you can also get there at the same time, with tickets ranging from £ 100 to £ 130.
It might be a bit of a trip, but you won’t regret it.