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Cadgwith and the local area

If the holiday you are looking for is a real escape then Cadgwith is the destination for you. With no mobile coverage in the Cove and a real slow down to the pace of life it is a complete getaway with lots of local attractions and local events to keep you occupied throughout your stay. With breathtaking scenery, excellent culinary experiences and lots of events throughout the year this really is a holiday to re-charge the batteries. Many of the people that go keep returning and we hear so often "why would you go anywhere else?"

A few summers ago the BBC series presented by Monty Halls as an Apprentice fisherman. This gives a real birds eye view of the village, community and the beautiful coastline :- http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01d0x17 


Cadgwith Village

Cadgwith is a working fishing village with two coves separated in the middle by an outcrop of land called The Todden that stretches out to sea. The bathing cove is rocky with a few sandy patches for younger members but has plenty of rock pools and places to sit comfortably. Both coves are safe to swim but the fishing cove does have the boats winched up on the beach unless they are out fishing. The main catch is crab and lobster and is always a source of interest when the fisherman return for the day to unload their boats. There are two benches where you can sit and while the day away both referred to as "The Stick", one outside The Winchhouse and one outside "Old Cellars". You will often find the fishermen and locals sitting on them watching the world go by. 

There is a small craft shop above the cafe called "The Crow's Nest" up a step ladder that houses a number of arts and crafts and local artist's wares. Opposite you will find a small gift shop that has some very basic essentials and Ice creams and soft drinks. Read more...

Pubs and Dining

You do not have to look far (Literally) for a pub. The Cadgwith Cove Inn is in touching distance and only about 20 walking steps away. This is great for sitting outside in the summer, or snug and warm inside on colder nights. As you would imagine this is a local institution, and it hosts Folk evenings, local Bands, and most famously on a Friday night, the Fishermen gather to sing old sea shanties. The Inn does good homely food, which caters for most tastes. However as there are only a handful of tables, it is advisable to book for the evenings. For a slightly more gourmet experience, in the Cove is a restaurant called Old Cellars or more locally known as Sharkies. In the old days it was used for pressing pilchards and you can still see the channels where the oil ran.

Slightly more expensive than the Inn, but it is a restaurant and serves a wide selection of  locally caught, fresh sea food. By day Old Cellars offers cafe style food, opening at around 10.30am and can't be beaten for their homemade doughnuts with jam and Cornish clotted cream, lunches and cream teas in addition to dinner. .  . Tje .

Slightly further afield (about 2 miles) , both the Lizard and Mullion have fine hostelries. On the Lizard is the Top House, a fine historic pub and in Mullion there is a lovely Thatched pub, called the New Inn. Coming highly recommended is the most Southerly cafe on the Most Southerly point at The Lizard - it does fantastic hot chocolates and home-made cakes as well as scampi, jacket potatoes and other normal cafe fare.

Roskilly's which is near St Keverne do the most delicious ice cream in the world - all homemade and especially good with a dollop of Cornish cream on the top! They have recently been voted one of the best UK Ice Cream spots in "Conde Nast Traveller" stating that they can show the Italians a thing or too.  They have a barbecue in the evenings and some evenings they have live music which is fun.   They make all the ice cream on site as it is a family run farm and the cream comes from their beautiful Jersey cows.  There are also three lakes which are fun to walk around - take some duck food which they sell in the shop (or some stale bread) and you can feed the ducks coots and moorhens as you walk. 

Cornwall is literally full of fine dining places, however you may need to travel slightly further than the Cove to find a Michelin star, so do your research !


There are beautiful cliff top walks either side of the cove.

Towards The Lizard, the first Cove is called The Devil's Frying Pan and is a beautiful example of a fallen cave. It takes approximately 45 mins to walk to The Lizard where you will have amazing views of the most Southerly point in Britain and cafes and tourist shops to browse once you reach it. There is the "World Famous Ann's Pasties" to sustain you at the end of the walk but be warned she sells out very quickly and you would be advised to book your pasties as she closes once all are sold. There is also a lovely cafe open in the summer to eat outside, and a fish and chip shop that opens to Cornish time ! 

Walking in the opposite direction taking the cliff path behind the cottage up to the headland you will first come across the "Huer's Hut".  This was where the Huer used to look out to see and signal to the fishermen when he saw a shoal of pilchards. The rest of this walk over a few stiles leads you to Carleon Cove, generally referred to as Poltesco, that used to house an old Serpentine mill. This is a beautiful walk, a bit gentler than going to the Lizard and takes you down through a small wood over the stream that flows into the sea. Look out for wild orchids in the hedges. A Game warden that stayed in the cottage counted over 300 incredibly rare wild flowers around the cliffs. This is again a shingle beach but is beautifully deserted and has areas for a BBQ or pasty and a bottle of wine.

Should you wish to find a sandy beach for the kids - Kennack Sands is the next main bay along from Poltesco. It is safe to swim but gets very crowded in peak season so go early to get a parking space. Poldhu Cove is also a beautiful sandy beach the other side of Mullion, which also has a car park but it is always worth bearing in mind that the westerly beaches the other side of the Lizard are less safe and Poldhu has a lifeguard in the Summer months.

You don't have to look far for some beautiful coves and walks, Kynance is a National Trust beach well signposted from The Lizard road. The Cottage has lots of literature about local walks and you really will see a multitude of wild flowers that seem to thrive in the local micro-climate that seems so much warmer than the rest of England throughout the year.



On most Summer Wednesday Evenings the Cove hosts Sea fishing competitions. Details of timings, target fish and previous records are normally kept on the Winch House. If you ask around the local fisherman, you should be able to participate. If  you do not have your sea legs, simply go down to the cove as the catch is brought in. It is a lovely local focal point. There are also Fishing Trips, which can be booked daily, details again are in the Cove.  For the younger seafarers there are nets in the cottage and the Cove has a multitude of rockpools. If freshwater fishing is your bag, there are local lakes, not too far away. If you head back to Helston, (for about 5 miles), you will see signs on the right hand side, just after the Wheel Inn pub.