Down Zennor way


On a fine Saturday, with a temperature of 14 degrees at the very end of November, it would be madness to stay at home.

Under a cloudless sky, we drove to the north west coast, an area of rocky outcrops and ancient Celtic history.

Zennor, a tiny village in an area of Cornish Outstanding Natural beauty, is known for its church and its pub.

In the church of St Senara visitors can find the famous Mermaid Chair which dates from the 15th century and shows, carved on one end, a mermaid holding comb and mirror who was reputed to have enticed a local man away to live with her under the sea.

This beautiful little church is well maintained. All the pews have embroidered kneeling cushions.

Zennor Head looks out over Pendour Cove and is owned by the National Trust. The coastal path ensures wonderful views towards St Ives, 4 miles away.

Looking down towards Pendeen and the Gurnard's Head.

Next stop America.

Enormous granite rocks are typical of this area.

We lunched at the Tinners Arms, a charming unspoilt - unthemed - pub built in 1271. A log fire blazed at one end of a cosy room.
[(http://www.tinnersarms.com/)]

We ordered two perfect dishes: scallops with chorizo and an autumn salad of pigeon breast with tiny mushrooms and salad leaves.

We cut across country towards Penzance and stopped to look again at the Lanyon Quoit dolmen. A disused mine chimney stands on the horizon's higher ground.

The dolmen was rebuilt in the 19th century after it fell during a storm.

Lastly we stopped to admire St Michael's Mount, always fabulous in any weather. The sun was beginning to go down.

Photos (except St Michael's Mount) by Christine West