Tregiffian is only three miles from the rugged beauty of Land's End, and is a short walk to the lovely surfing beaches of Sennen and Gwenver. All who make the journey this far west agree that it's worth any effort.

The simple, beautiful beach of Gwenver is a ten minute walk, or the wide expanse of Sennen beach is more like twenty minutes. Both are great surf destinations, and great for family beach days.

If you're really lucky you'll see the dolphins in the bay, they visit us most years, sometimes we even get basking sharks too. Huge and harmless they are beautiful in the clear waters.

The two pubs of Sennen, the Old Success in the cove and The First and Last by the church, and the excellent Beach Restaurant are all within forty minutes walk too. You don't have to walk everywhere – but it certainly feels good.


St Just at four miles away has a good offering of food shopping with excellent butchers (find Vivian Olds on Chapel Street, it's almost a living museum, and fabulous too www.vivianolds.co.uk), and there's a Co-operative and Post Office with cash machine.

Ancient sites are plenty throughout West Penwith, but if you want to get more up to date and crowded then both Penzance and beautiful St Ives are not far, with more galleries than you'll have time to visit, and a great range of restaurants.

Image of Gwenver

"When you're standing on the edge you can see for miles" when Kurt Vonnegut said this I believe he was referring to the multiple benefits of being at the edge, the edge of a crowd, the edge of the land, the cutting edge of progress. Tregiffian certainly gets you close to the physical edge, and for me there can be no greater thrill than sitting under the cliff top, sheltered, sun kissed and staring out to sea.