Penberth

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Penberth Cove

Penberth Cove


Penberth is a tiny hamlet in a beautiful setting in the parish of St Levan.

A handful of cottages in a peaceful valley which runs to the sea and a small working harbour with a granite cobbled slipway and a tumbling stream crossed by a clapper-style granite bridge.

There are a number of public footpaths in the area in addition to the coastal path which offer fine scenic walks.

Please respect the privacy of local residents when visiting and take care when crossing the slipway. Do not cross if the winch is in operation.

Dogs are not allowed on the slipway and fish landing areas at any time of the year.
Please see the signs in place at Penberth.

Dog walkers can access the coast path via the stepping stones across the stream.


Folklore

ST LEVAN FAIRIES

Down in Penberth Cove lived an old woman who was an especial favourite with these little people. She was a good old creature, and had been for many years bedridden. These Small Folk were her only company. Her relations dropped in once a day, rendered her the little aid she required, and left food by the bed-side. But day by day, and all the day long, the Small Folk vied with each other to amuse her. The men, she related, were for the most part dressed in green, with a red or a blue cap and a feather--"They look for all the world like little sodgers." As for the ladies--you should have heard the old woman tell of the gay ladies, with their feathers, hooped petticoats with furbelows, trains, and fans, and what saucy little creatures they were with the men! No sooner was the old woman left alone than in they came and began their frolics, dancing over the rafters and key-beams, swinging by the cobwebs like rope-dancers, catching the, mice and riding them in and out through the holes in the thatch. When one party got tired another party came, and by daylight, and even by moonlight, the old bedridden creature never wanted amusement.


General Information

There are some local facilities in the nearby hamlet of Treen.

The nearest Tourist Information Office is at Penzance. Tourist Information Centre located close to rail and coach station.
Tel: +44 (0)1736 362207


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Location:
Located in West Cornwall on the South coast between Penzance and Land's End. Accessed from the A30 and B3283.
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