I adore living in Penzance , firstly because it’s a town with a strong community and secondly because of its wonderful location by the sea- an ongoing inspiration for my creativity.
From the town it’s just a few minutes walk to the seafront. Meander down historic Chapel Street and you’ll find yourself on the Promenade . Here you’ll experience a wonderful stretch of sky, sea and space. One of my favourite beauty spots is the art deco Jubilee Pool – sadly now damaged by the recent storms. Stroll along the prom to the fishing village of Newlyn which was also a famous artists’ colony . You’ll see Newlyn Art Gallery which is set back on the left which has ever changing exhibitions and a cafe with expansive views of the sea. A great place for contemplation and relaxation.
Walking back from Newlyn , you can discover Morrab Gardens. A verdant oasis of trees, flowers , exotic plants and birdsong. A wonderful setting for a picnic.
In the other direction you can walk from the train station along the cycle path towards St Michael’s Mount . This route has the contrast of traffic racing past on the left and beautiful coastal views on the right. The mount is sometimes dark and brooding and other times like a backdrop for a fairy tale. When the tide is out you can walk across the cobbled walkway and enjoy the island views.
Penzance is a real gem and it feels like home to me.