The crescent cove of white sands, lapping waves and dunes have an almost magnetic pull drawing visitors from across the globe looking to explore its enchanting scenery.
Surfing and climbingSennen has come to be regarded as a mecca of surfing in Cornwall.
Surfers come year-round to ride the crystal-clear waves and if you haven’t found your surf legs yet Sennen Beach can make the perfect place to learn. The sheltered cove makes a natural wind breaker that tames the waves and ensures surf variations to suit any skill level. It’s also home to several fantastic surf schools with championship level teachers offering group courses and private tuition.
For the more land loving adventurers out there Sennen also boasts a fantastic rock climbing scene. The black and gold Cornish crag (climbing lingo for cliffs) draws climbers seeking the best coastal climbs with many of the top climbing clubs in the UK running classes in Sennen. Whether you’re trying your hand on a beginner’s route or honing your skills on the classic Dolphin Cracks route, you couldn’t ask for a better view.
FoodSennen’s food scene is practically bursting with the best of local produce, sea food and tasty cuisine.
Drink in the view of the cove (and maybe a glass or two of wine) from the terrace of the renowned Ben Tunnicliffe’s restaurant or kick back with some proper Cornish pub grub at The Old Success Inn, perfectly perched on the harbour front.
For a true flavour of local Sennen history step back in time at The First and Last Inn. Dating as far back as the 17th century this inn was once a popular meeting spot of pirates and smugglers and is brimming with swashbuckling local legend. Fortunately, these days the inn is more popular for its “best roast on the coast” and you’ll find local beers behind the bar instead of buccaneers.
Out & aboutCarved into the cliffs of Porthcurno by Rowena Cade, a woman with a passion for theatre and performing, The Minack Theatre is an amazing natural amphitheatre that has grown into the world’s most famous open air area stage.
Come during the day when the stage isn’t filled with actors either performing or practising and you can explore the sub-tropical garden, the Rowena Cade exhibition or sit back on the hand carved granite seats and soak up the atmosphere. There’s nothing like experiencing the theatre come alive during a show, especially with a hamper of local goodies and maybe even a bottle of bubbly at hand. With the sound of the waves crashing against the cliffs and Porthcurno Bay as the backdrop, a visit to The Minack Theatre is simply mesmerising.
Few areas in Cornwall truly capture its wild, natural beauty like Lands End. As you look out from the rugged cliffs of this famous point, with birds soaring above and the waves breaking and swirling below you’ll see why so many visitors are drawn to this westernmost point of Cornwall. If you’re feeling sinful there are plenty of tasty treats to choose from. Fresh, warm doughnuts; Kelly’s Cornish clotted cream ice cream; or a barista coffee or luxury Cornish Cream Tea at the Lands End Restaurant and Bar while you sit and soak up the beautiful landscape.
You don’t simply visit Sennen, you experience it. From the sweeping Cornish countryside that you’d almost expect to see Ross Poldark galloping across, to the fishing boats on the foreshore, from your holiday cottage in Sennen you can savour the allure and charm which makes this village one of the special places in Cornwall.
What our guests say …
Whitesand beach has to be the best beach in the country. It's like it has a personality of its own - sometimes loving and peaceful, other times its like a raging beast!
I like Sennen for its escapism. The feeling of driving as far west as you possibly can has to be one of its biggest appeals.
Being at Sennen is a bit like going back in time. From the slow pace of life to the little fleet of fishing boats, we just love it.