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Mousehole

The Cornish fishing village of Mousehole (pronounced Mou-sel) attracts hordes of visitors, who, fortunately, haven't changed it too much. The cottages still sit close to the harbor wall, the fishermen still bring in the day's catch, the salts sit around smoking tobacco talking about the good old days, and the lanes are as narrow as ever. About the most exciting thing to happen here was the arrival in the late 16th century of the Spanish galleons, whose sailors sacked and burned the village. In a sheltered cove of Mount's Bay, Mousehole today has developed as the nucleus of an artists' colony.

If you'd like to go fishing yourself, you can call Tom Arnull at tel. 01736/756162; he can hook you up with rock and beach angling. Otherwise, call S. Farley (tel. 01736/731154), who can arrange charter boat fishing.

There is no great attraction to visit in Mousehole other than the village itself. You can spend an hour or two strolling its narrow streets and passing by its quaint, stone-built cottages. Walks always end at the quay where you can look at the boats at harbor. Perhaps you can have lunch here and be on your way or, at the end of the day, you can walk 1.6km (1 mile) south of the village to Spaniards' Point where the Iberian raiders landed to pillage the countryside, laying devastation to the Cornish landscape. It's a beautiful walk as you take in a rugged seascape and landscape.

Land's End

Craggy Land's End is where England comes to an end. America's coast is 5,299km (3,291 miles) west of the rugged rocks that tumble into the sea beneath Land's End.

Once here, you'll see coastal footpaths allowing you to walk along the cliffs for dramatic views of the crashing sea on the rocks below. These paths are constantly being eroded and new ones built. In an attempt to prevent future erosion, the paths are protected by "hedges" -- really granite walls covered with turf.

Meeting at Land's End are the northern and southern sections of the Cornish Coastal Footpath. This is the center of the longest continuous footpath in Britain, going from the coast at Poole Harbour to Dorset and Somerset and on to the Bristol Channel. In all, this is a walk of 804km (500 miles), but the most dramatic and spectacular scenery is found at Land's End.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.