Penwith Peninsula, the most westerly part of Cornwall, is a magnificent headland. Penwith is derived from the cornish words pen and wydh, which mean "headland" and "at the end".

The north coast has high granite cliffs jutting into the Atlantic and often pounded by good surfing waves whilst the south coast has some more sheltered bays.

The area is scaterred with small fishing villages but also the larger seaside towns of St Ives and Penzance.

Penwith's scenery makes it a popular holiday destination, with attractions including the Minack Theatre, South West Coast Path, Land's End and a wide selection of great beaches.


Why not check beaches nearby as we have 50 beaches around Penwith Peninsula, 215 beaches in Cornwall, or have a look at our list of Cornwall dog friendly beaches, or even our United Kingdom Blue Flag beach list.

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Want some ideas on where to visit?

Every favourite location must be visited for the first time. Want some ideas, why not check out the below small selection of coastal locations, including beaches, activities, things to see and do, places to stay and eat:

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    St Ives Food and Drink Festival

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    Porth Nanven Cove Cot Valley Beach

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    St Ives Harbour Beach

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    Cape Cornwall Beach

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    Perran Sands or Perranuthnoe Beach

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    Lamorna Cove Beach

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    The Cove Cafe

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    Chysauster Ancient Village

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    The Rockpool

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    Carbis Bay Beach

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    Sennen Cove lifeboat station

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    Pedn Vounder Beach

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    Penlee House Gallery & Museum

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