St Keverne is a thriving community with 2 pubs and an organic restaurant, all providing excellent cuisine. Combined, these eateries take care of your dining and drinking requirements without the need to drive. The village also has a butcher, baker, newsagent and Post Office. There is also a well-stocked convenience store which sources local produce including: salad items, artisan bread, vegetables and cheeses.
Next door to Old Temperance House is the beautiful parish church which dates back to the 15th century. The church is full of history and interesting architecture, including beautiful stained glass windows depicting events that have taken place in the area.
St Keverne is on the 630-mile South West Coast Path of which, Cornwall boasts 300 miles of mixed paths. These range from gentle to more challenging, such as steep headlands, therefore providing amazing walks and spectacular scenery for all abilities. Depending on which month you visit, you may spot seals or even humpback whales in the autumn and winter months.
For divers there are numerous shipwrecks, with the treacherous Manacles on the doorstep, plus friendly seals and a host of brightly coloured creatures and plant life just below the surface.
Loe Bar & Porthleven, a huge steel ship, with giant boilers: protected wreck off Loe Bar.
The Manacles off Porthoustock, a plethora of wrecks to explore.
Kennack Sands, 2 nearby wrecks, The Carmarthen and The Gunvor.
Gunwalloe & Church Cove, the final resting place for the San Salvador shipwreck. Reputed to be carrying two tons of Spanish coins, therefore nicknamed “Dollar Cove”.
Cadgwith, home to the wreck of Bellucia, the 4368-ton British steamer ship. Broken up and spread over a wide area, with bows and boilers mostly intact.
For keen divers who stay at Old Temperance House, there is hanging space available for diving equipment.
Stand up paddle-boarding is becoming a popular way of exploring the Lizard along with Kayaking, and coasteering. The local area has a number of water sport centres to meet all requirements and abilities.
Visit some of the local towns and villages such as Coverack and Cadgwith Cove where sea shanties are performed every Friday night at the local inn. Slightly more further away you can also visit St Michaels Mount, Marazion, Mousehole and the famous open air Minack theatre. Porthleven is close by and its harbour is well worth a visit with its surrounding galleries and excellent restaurants. Porthleven is a foodie location and hosts an annual food and music festival.
Visit St Ives by taking the St. Erth Great Western branch line, a 10-minute train journey hugging the coast and providing spectacular views of Hayle, Carlyon Bay before arriving in the centre of St. Ives, above Porthmeor Beach. This trip is strongly recommended for various reasons, beautiful scenery on your train journey and no parking problems or restrictions when you arrive in St Ives. This means you can take your time to walk around, possibly enjoy a meal and visit the Tate Gallery, without worrying about rushing back to your car.
Kynance Cove is a must visit on your itinerary, with its crystal clear blue waters, stunning views and pure tranquillity, it is quite breath taking. A perfect opportunity for taking photographs whether the tide is in or out. There is an also a café where you can while away some more time watching the amazing scenery that is Kynance Cove Should you feel more energetic, the South West Coast Path from The Lizard to Kynance is a wonderful elevated walk across the rugged terrain.
The Lizard itself is a charming village, built around The Green. It has a number of trinket shops, two pubs, one being the most southerly pub in the country, and a restaurant providing amazing locally sourced food, with the fish and shellfish coming off the boats that morning. A walk to Lizard Point and a tour of the Lighthouse is a must, before dropping down to the 1914 Life Boat Station – depending on the weather this can be quite exhilarating.
The Walled Kitchen Garden at Penrose.
Godolphin’s Medieval Gardens.
Bonython for magnificent shrubs, lakes and woodland walks. Dogs on leads are welcome too.
Trebah Gardens, stunning valley garden leading down to the Helford River.
Glendurgan Garden is another valley garden and stunning all year round.
Bosahan a real gem on the coast near St Anthony-in –Meneage.