On our door step is the wonderful village we live in, Newlyn. Many visitors drive through and never stop and see what an amazing place it is. I am always totally stunned that its missed by so many, but also quite pleased as it means it doesn't get as crowded as some towns and villages around here.
We decided to live here on a whim..... well almost. We have always loved Cornwall, I spend many happy holidays in a caravan as a child here. mostly in the Wadebridge area, my parent used to belong to the caravan club and each year we would go on a Caravan rally at the Royal Cornwall show grounds. We would always visit Padstow and go out on the speed boats from the end of the pier. I remember the local beaches with fondness particularly one where we would all picnic at the top of the cliff and then walk down to the beach and body board with our Dad, while our Mum stayed at the top. It was always packed with hundreds of people. Unfortunately my memory is not good and I have no idea where that beach was, or what it was called, which is a shame as I would love to re-visit.
When we had children of our own we sold our record collection ( I should say Mr WD's) and many other items to afford a basic little Alpine sprite caravan. We toured it everywhere and our favourite destination was, you guessed it.....Cornwall.
It was amazing, as we drove down the M5 past Exeter, things started to feel very familiar, even after all those years away and as we saw the sea it felt like coming home. We had such an amazing time and felt truly relaxed for the first time in years. It was very rainy and misty in the October we visited and the fog horn went off for almost 5 continuous days, but that all seemed to add to the charm and lulled us to sleep. It also meant we explored quite a lot. So off we went for a day trip to Moushole. I can't actually remember if we made it to Mousehole in the end as we stopped off at Newlyn as it had a dog friendly beach and Fin needed a break. We strolled along the pebbly beach, and looked over at St Michaels mount, held hands and looked at each other and just knew we had come home..... and now of course it is our home.
Newlyn Harbour is always busy there are fishing boats coming and going all the time as the tide allows.
Each time a boat leaves the harbour you hear its horn go off and you can watch it sail out past the harbour wall. We then stroll along the harbour side towards the village, quite often there are piles of ice on the harbour side, I assume these have been used for keeping the fish cold.
We can also see the famous and essential Penlee lifeboat , sitting in the floating harbour. The original Penlee lifeboat was stationed up toward Moushole but was closed sometime after the Penlee lifeboat disaster, when 8 volunteer lifeboat men lost their lives, coming to the aid of the Solomon Browne.
It is nice to walk round the harbour when we don't have Fin with us, to see the fishing boats more closely. There is the fabulous old original quay to explore, with great views out of the harbour entrance with its lighthouse to guide the fishermen home, across Mount's Bay. The harbour is also the home to the UK tidal observatory, where all tidal heights around the coastline are measured from.
As we walk past the chandlers and fish shops down to the current Fish market, you pass the huge fish market warehouses , which smell of fish and disinfectant. I am not a fish or seafood eater so I don't really like it . We did go into the market for last years blessing of the fleet , which was very emotional and the world famous Newlyn Fish festival, which was incredible even for me, who is not a fish lover.
We are then in the lovely village Centre, there is a butcher, very nice sausages, a pasty shop, absolutely essential, bakers, post office, newsagents, chemist, Drs surgery, Co-op, veg shop, florist, cheese shop, Italian Restaurant, Meadery ( lovely chicken and Mead fizz) the fabulous Jelberts, homemade cornish clotted cream, ice-cream, made fresh every day. (There are always queues on a warm summers evening). There also two new additions, Makerel sky, a little sea food restaurant, remember I don't eat seafood, so I can't comment, but we are told it is wonderful. Also a little gallery and pottery has literally only just opened so I haven't been in yet. There are of course a few little pubs to. I nearly forgot also a Chinese take away , very very large portions and the amazing Lewis's chip shop. I am sure I have forgotten other things but the point is.......you don't need to go anywhere else, its all there on our door step.
Walking toward the sea front we pass the Funeral directors , I told you everything was catered for and down toward the beach . There is the Tolcarne pub and restaurant in the car park just at the back and this leads onto the village green which runs alongside of the beach. There is a very touching memorial to those lost as sea, just at the end of the car park just as you pass to get onto he beach. Usually you can see flowers around the memorial, which always touches my heart.
As you walk onto the beach, you can immediately see the fabulous mounts bay and St Michaels Mount. On a lovely clear day you can see the Lizard in the distance. If you follow the beach you will pass though the tiny Wherrytown and then onto Penzance, but thats for another day.
Newlyn is such an amazing village and the people are amazing to. They have welcomed us with open arms and have been helpful and supportive of our move to their wonderful piece of bliss.