This small village in West Cornwall is particularly well known for two, very different occupations – art and fishing. Its large fish market and busy harbour has made it the heart of the Cornish fishing industry, and it is home to the largest fishing boat fleet in the South of England. Alongside this bustling port you can easily see the influences of the creative movement of Newlyn School, founded by several local artists, it can still be seen in the village today. Although small, Newlyn is a great base for exploring the surrounding area of Penzance, Land’s End and St. Ives, and is still relatively undiscovered by holidaymakers.
Cornwall’s cuisine is often found to consist of two things – pasties and seafood. You’ll find both to be exceptional in Newlyn! In particular, the freshest fish and seafood is caught and sold by Newlyn fishermen – so local restaurants have it all but on tap, and if you fancy yourself as something of a Nathan Outlaw yourself then there’s plenty of opportunities to take an early morning stroll to the fish market and choose your own. Nothing says summer in Cornwall like BBQ’d mackerel and a crisp glass of white wine to accompany it! If you’d rather go one step further and actually try and catch your own dinner, then call Mermaid Pleasure Trips in Penzance. From mackerel trips to deep sea fishing for the day, the team have something for everyone and every ability – you might even spot some dolphins or, if you’re really lucky, the waters near Newlyn were recently graced with a humpback whale!
Newlyn and the surrounding area host several of Cornwall’s most impressive sights. The small village is situated on Mounts Bay, the largest bay in Cornwall, stretching a total of 42 miles along the sheltered South coast, and is just a short drive from the long stretch of beach in Marazion, which sits at the bottom of the impressive St. Michaels Mount. Take the boat or catch the tide right and stroll across the causeway to hear the story of the giant that lived there, or wander through the stunning National Trust gardens.
Just under 20 miles west lies the most westerly point of the UK – Land’s End. Visit the iconic signpost, breath-taking views and discover the history of the edge of the UK. Of course there are great walks along this section of the coastal path, and you can cross from the south to the north coast relatively easily, tracing the Cornish peninsula. Almost directly opposite Newlyn is St. Ives, which is a hugely popular destination for tourists and it’s not hard to see why. With art galleries, boutique shops and a picture-perfect beach, St. Ives is perfect for a day trip of exploring. You can drive there in about 20 minutes, but if you’re visiting during peak season it’s easier to get the train from Penzance (which is a truly beautiful journey).
From beaches to bars, this small village is home to an array of treasures that often go overlooked by passers-by! Take the coastal footpath heading west out of the village and discover some rocks that make excellent launchpads for sea swimming – but do check the tides and weather conditions as there are no lifeguards at this little spot. If you’d rather be sunbathing and skimming stones than swimming, discover Newlyn’s little know beach. This tends to be a haven for residents during the summer as many visitors are unaware of its existence – Sandy Cove is a quiet, small beach that is deceptively not sandy at all but wonderfully pebbly, ideal for shell-hunters and sea glass collectors.
In the heart of the village, in what used to be the local corner shop is Lovett’s Bar & Shop. Named after Newlyn-born William Lovett, founder of the Working Men’s Association and a famed member of the Chartists, Lovett campaigned for many of the workers rights that are often taken for granted today. This wonderful little place serves great coffee and pastries by day, and natural wines, craft ales and artisan spirits by night, make sure you call in to this cracking new hideaway. They don’t take reservations so you’ll need to be quick, and keep an eye on their Instagram for collabs with local chefs for special weekend dishes. We, ahem.. Lovett.