Travel as far west as you can until the sky meets the wild Atlantic Ocean and you will reach West Cornwall. This former frontier of the ‘known’ world is still very much a untamed land of quiet beauty; this far western region of England is dominated by West Penwith, home to The Lizard, Land’s End, St Ives, Penzance, Sennen, and St Michael’s Bay. Also bobbing off the western shore of the Cornish coast, its handful of inhabited islands known as The Isles of Scilly.
St Ives is a delightful town; its harbour is a focal point for activity and throngs of visitors fill the lovely cafés and galleries across St Ives. Also, home to Tate Cornwall.
Porthleven is a major draw for storm chasers and nature photographers because the town is at the brunt of the ocean’s wrath. Huge waves pummel the coast here and the ocean at full tilt is an awesome spectacle to behold if your timing is right. At other times of the year, there is a lovely Cornish cosiness to the village with its string of cafés and pubs around the harbour.
Lands End, the most westerly point in England. On a clear day from beneath Land’s End’s famous signpost, you can see the Isles of Scilly.
The Isles of Scilly located 28 miles off Land’s End are the beautiful Isles of Scilly. Just five of the archipelago’s 140 islands are inhabited, but you can still visit many of them, whereas others are nature reserves. Visit Tresco, St Mary’s, St Agnes, St Martins and Bryher; all have places to stay and some wonderful walking trails for wayfarers and, of course, the blithe sub-tropical gardens at Tresco Abbey. You can reach the islands via ferry or helicopter from Penzance.