Walking Newlyn to Penzance
Distance 2 miles (3.2 km).
Grid reference SW463286 to SW475306.
Shortly after Newlyn Harbour, look for the path that leads away from the road and over the hump-back bridge. Follow the road, passing a pub on your right and continue on, with the sea on your right. Shortly you pass a bowling green and children's play area. In the sea to your right you pass Larrigan Rocks and the Wherry Rocks as you enter the Wherry Town district of Penzance. Leave the path and turn seaward for a few metres. Climb up the few steps ahead of you to reach the western end of Penzance Promenade. Pass the toilets and continue down the wide walk. This area can be walked at dusk as there is adequate street lighting and chains of lights in season. It is also relatively accessible to the disabled. After about 25 minutes of walking , you should pass the Jubilee Swimming Pool, completed in 1935 and open daily from Easter. Take care as you cross the road near the Trinity House Museum to make use of the pavement provided. Now walk over the Ross (Swing) Bridge passing Penzance Dock and the Lighthouse Pier. Incidentally, the ferry to the Isles of Scilly, The Scillonian III, leaves from here. Continue on your way to the main car park near the Albert Pier. The town's main street and train station are just a few minutes walk away.
The buildings and layout of Penzance are relatively modern as the town was attacked and destroyed - along with Mousehole and Paul - in the Spanish raid of 1595. For the past 8 years Penzance has held the Golowan Festival in June. The festival used to be held regularly to mark the Feast (Gol in Cornish) of St John (Jowan in Cornish) and celebrate the Summer Solstice. The Victorians decided to end the festival and it wasn't until 1990 that schoolchildren unearthed its existence. The festival was reborn. The highlight of the festival is the serpent-like procession held on Mazey Day. Why not take a trip to Penzance and check it out?