One of Cornwall’s many iconic fishing villages, Mousehole – pronounced ‘mowzel’ – is an idyllic place to spend a day out during a holiday or break at CLC Trenython Manor, and could easily be combined with the ‘must-do’ visit to Land’s End, just a few miles further south.
The charming old harbour and the surrounding village – which reaches up to the pretty parish church on the hillside above – is a photographer’s dream and a delightful few hours can be spent just wandering and enjoying the village’s history and atmosphere.
Two delightful pubs offer hearty lunches and fine ales, usually with fresh, locally caught fish and seafood as the daily special, while the village’s cafes and tea rooms are the venues of choice for traditional clotted cream teas.
One of Mousehole’s best known characters was Dolly Pentreath, who is reputed to have been the last person to have spoken Cornish as a first language.
The village also came to international prominence in December 1981, when the RNLI lifeboat ‘Solomon Browne’ was lost with all hands while attempting to rescue a stricken ship in some of the worst sea conditions ever recorded around Cornwall. All 8 of the lifeboat’s volunteer crewmen were from Mousehole. The former boathouse at Penlee Point still stands and in 1985 a memorial garden was created to commemorate the crew.
Each December, locals and visitors gather together in Mousehole to watch the grand switching-on ceremony for the traditional Christmas Lights display. With lights placed on the rocks out at sea, on the harbour walls, around the village and even up on the hillside, the show is spectacular and an increasingly popular event in the lead up to Christmas.