MOUSEHOLE (“Mowzel”), described by Dylan Thomas as the prettiest village in England, is set around a tidal harbour and small sandy beaches, once home to the traditional pilchard-fishing fleet. The harbour offers safe swimming at high tide and beachcombing at low tide. At the nearby rockpools there is a natural sea-bathing pool for children. Full of winding paths and picturesque cottages, Mousehole is now largely a conservation area.
In December and January the spectacular harbour lights and traditional Tom Bawcock celebrations (the legend brought to life in Antonia Barber’s book “The Mousehole Cat”) make Mousehole a magical place. Occasional south-easterly storms can send waves crashing over the harbour walls, whilst the harbour itself is protected by its winter barrier.
Mousehole is a joy to explore - tiny paths, hidden clusters of cottages, constantly changing views. Keigwin Place has a plaque to Dolly Pentreath, the last Cornish-speaker. A mile east along the coast, the former Penlee lifeboat station is now a memorial garden to the crew of the Solomon Brown lifeboat - all of the 8 crew were Mousehole men who lost their lives in a heroic rescue attempt in 1981.
Currently (2017) boat trips on the Comorant run from Mousehole harbour. See www.cormorantcruising.co.uk for more information.