Lamorna Cove

Lamorna Cove

  • Beautiful location
  • Favoured by artists and writers
  • Completely unspoilt

The tiny beautiful cove just outside Mousehole was the centre for Post-Impressionist artists in the early part of the twentieth century, many of whom formed the Newlyn Art School. At the end of a valley watered by a steam running down to the sea, Lamorna Cove is quiet and unspoilt. There are a few cottages and an Inn, at the small harbour you will find a paying car park and a café. The Lamorna Cove Hotel is a perfect place to stay offering tasteful accommodation and excellent food.

Up to the present day Lamorna has proved popular with craftsmen, artist, writers and potters including John le Carre and Derek Tangye. Several potteries can found nearby and painings can be found in the galleries in Mousehole.

There is a small pebble beach here and the cove is on the footpath between Mousehole and Porthcurno. The tiny harbour was built to serve the granite quarries which flourished here in the last century. The harbour suffered badly from its exposure to heavy seas and, more often than not, the granite had to be laboriously transported overland to Penzance for shipment. The old quarries and their dumps are eerily overgrown now, but the high-quality stone from here once went to build many great public buildings in London as well as the Bishop Rock, Wolf Rock and Longships lighthouses

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