Pentewan: Beaches, Adventurers, Foodies
Cornwall is a county brimming with many hidden treasures, secret coves and little hidey-holes... and Pentewan is most definitely one of them. Snuggled in the curve of Mevagissey Bay on the Cornish Riviera, Pentewan possesses all the charms of a small seaside hamlet with idyllic dollhouse features, boasting its own private beach.
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Hazy, lazy Sunday afternoons...
Years ago, this bay was used as an old fishing port. Not so now, whilst the village itself is not packed with attractions, it will be more than accommodating for an easy Sunday afternoon with your friends, family or for the lone rangers among you.
Pentewan offers any beach worshipper the most peaceful sunning spot around, sheltered by rocky banks to keep the goosebumps at bay, and a mighty set of rock pools by the cliffs on the right of the bay to explore to your hearts content. There are definitely no surfers to run you down here! If you need a short break from baking in the rays (you can’t say we don’t care!) head to the Piskey Cove cafe for a sneaky clotted cream-laden scone, and take a stroll into their quirky little trinket shops for token souvenirs or Cornish keepsakes.
Those keen on a rambling adventure – or if it’s just not bikini weather – can take the 4km scenic walk along the riverside to London Apprentice, known as the Pentewan Valley Trail. Or, in the interests of really tiring yourself out before dusk, visit Pentewan Valley Cycle Hire, where Stuart or Keith will measure you up, give you a choice of bike style and equip you for your cycling escapade – and Keith loves summer in the village:
“Pentewan is a very pretty little village to look at. I like the people here – people cycle for joy and it makes them happy, which makes me happy. Our bikes are in tip-top condition, and we get very good feedback from the public.”
As much as we encourage a healthy bout of fresh air and exercise, try and get back by 3pm to sample the delights of the legendary Sunday roast for a most reasonable price at The Ship Inn on the old
harbourside. This delightful little tavern will certainly fill hungry tummies with the most delicious locally sourced traditional fare – complete with scrumptious puddings – but it wasn’t built for crowds, so prepare for a bit of a squeeze if you’re dining in a troop!