A Cornish cove that’s the ultimate hidden gem retreat!

It doesn’t get more spectacular than a trip down to Cornwall and on the incredible Land’s End Coaster bus from Penzance to St. Ives. What’s more, this adventure couldn’t be easier too, with the train from the Midlands, North and Scotland on Cross Country Trains or from London on Great Western Railway straight into Penzance and onto the bus from outside the railway station! The scenery as the train approaches Penzance is wonderful, with a real sense of gathering momentum and occasion, as the coast approaches and the famous St. Michael’s Mount, medieval castle, reached by a causeway, visible from the left hand side of the carriage!

Land’s End is famous and gets a lot of plaudits for those travelling on the wonderful open top bus to St. Ives and rightly so! There’s an eclectic mix of things to see and do there and of course, it’s a funny feeling being literally at the tip of the UK.

An unravelling Atlantic adventure

However, a few minutes away, nestled in almost obscurity, is a hidden gem of a village, called Sennen, which captivates scenic thrill seekers with its breathtaking scenery, rich history, and vibrant culture.

As you journey towards this coastal gem, breezing in the open air on the Land’s End Coaster, the landscape unfolds with dramatic cliffs, rolling green fields, and the vast, mesmerizing expanse of the Atlantic Ocean. The air is tinged with the salty freshness of the sea, invigorating your senses and inviting you to explore the myriad wonders that Sennen has to offer. THIS IS MESMERISING!

Cosy cove with exquisite views

Sennen Cove, a stupendous, stunning beach, really is the crown jewel of the area. The golden sands stretch out, kissed by the gentle waves that roll in from the Atlantic. It’s a haven for surfers, who flock here to ride some of the best waves in the UK. Whether you’re an experienced surfer or a novice, the local surf schools provide excellent guidance, ensuring a thrilling and safe experience. For those who prefer a more leisurely pace, the beach is perfect for sunbathing, building sandcastles, or simply strolling along the shore, collecting shells and enjoying the tranquil sound of the sea, whilst enjoying an ice cream.

Panoramic perfection!

The scenery around Sennen is nothing short of spectacular and the stuff of legends! The coastal path, part of the South West Coast Path, offers stunning walks with panoramic views. As you hike along the cliffs, you may spot seals basking on the rocks below or even catch a glimpse of dolphins playing in the waves. This really is the place to be folks!

Solace and piracy

Sennen is steeped in history, with roots that trace back to the ancient Celts. The village church, St. Sennen’s Church, dates back to the 15th century and is a testament to the area’s long-standing religious significance. Its sturdy granite structure and peaceful churchyard provide a glimpse into the past, where generations of locals have worshipped and found solace. Nearby, the remains of ancient settlements and standing stones hint at a time when early inhabitants roamed these lands, leaving behind traces of their existence in the form of mysterious stone circles and burial mounds.

One of the more obscure historical facts about Sennen is its connection to piracy. In the 17th and 18th centuries, the rugged coastline of Cornwall was a hotspot for smugglers and pirates. The coves and hidden inlets provided perfect hideouts for these outlaws, who would bring in contraband goods under the cover of darkness. The tales of daring escapades and secret tunnels add an air of mystery, allure and adventure to the region’s history.

A visit guaranteed to be a success!

In modern times, Sennen continues to be a vibrant and welcoming community. The local pubs and eateries are a testament to Cornish hospitality, offering delicious food and drink in cozy settings. The Old Success Inn, a historic pub located just a stone’s throw from the beach, serves up hearty meals and locally brewed ales. With its warm atmosphere and stunning views of the cove, it’s the perfect place to relax after a day of exploring. For a taste of the sea, the Beach Restaurant offers fresh seafood dishes that celebrate the bounty of the Atlantic. From succulent lobster to crispy fish and chips, the menu is a seafood lover’s dream. The Sennen Cove Café is also great, including its lovely smoked salmon and cream cheese, cucumber and red onion bap, which is our favourite! Breakfast is lovely here – you can’t beat a smashed avocado and fried egg whilst overlooking the coast!

Barbara, Ben, beauty and brilliance!

Sennen is also a hub for artists and creatives, drawn to the area’s natural beauty and serene ambiance. The Sennen School of Art, located in the heart of the village, offers workshops and exhibitions that showcase the talents of local and visiting artists. The gallery space is filled with paintings, sculptures, and crafts that capture the essence of Cornwall, providing visitors with a unique opportunity to take home a piece of this enchanting place.

The village has had its share of famous visitors and residents over the years. Renowned artists like Barbara Hepworth and Ben Nicholson found inspiration in the Cornish landscape, contributing to the area’s reputation as an artistic haven. Sennen’s timeless beauty and tranquillity have also attracted writers and poets, who have woven the essence of the village into their works. The sense of peace and reflection that pervades Sennen makes it a perfect retreat for those seeking to reconnect with nature and their own creativity.

One fab trip – three Great Scenic Journeys

So, be sure to book a scenic sojourn on the Land’s End Coaster, which is one of the most incredible bus rides across not just the UK, but we think the world too! To plan your journey, check out the link below.  Land’s End Coaster – Great Scenic Journeys

And, if you are looking for the easiest way to get to Penzance to board the bus, then travel by train. The journey stretching down to Penzance, also includes two parts of the route that are also featured within the Great Scenic Journeys collection – have a look at these great links for a bit of inspiration around things to see from out the window!

Plymouth to Penzance – Great Scenic Journeys

Exeter St. Davids to Dawlish and Paignton – Great Scenic Journeys

Finally, to plan your journey from other parts of the West Country, the Home Counties and London, check out

Buy train tickets and check train times | Great Western Railway (gwr.com)