West Penwith Cornwall – Romantic Cliff Top Picnic Locations to watch the Sunset
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“I find it incredibly amazing how at every sunset, the sky is a different shade. No cloud is ever in the same place. Each day is a new masterpiece. A new wonder. A new memory.” ― Sanober Khan West Penwith
We have decided to focus more on the cliffs for this post rather than the beaches as we find the cliffs quieter in the summer months. There is less chance of sand getting in your sandwich (unless sandy baps are your thing), a plastic, colourfully striped, flapping windbreak obstructing your view or an excited dog and/or random child stealing your cream tea, so if you want to avoid the aforementioned hazards, please read on. Here are our Top Romantic Cliff Top Picnic Locations to watch the Sunset
If you, like us, enjoy gazing at the sunset sky, then Cornwall has some of the most dramatic and scenic views over the ocean. The high cliffs offer you the most dramatic picnic spots to share a bite to eat with your loved one or family. From this vantage point you are able to appreciate how the sunlight catches the water and turns it the most tropical of colours, and often seals and dolphins can be seen playing in the clear waters below, adding a magical touch to your romantic picnic.
** We have tried to choose places that have relatively easy parking and access and are suitable to set up a picnic blanket without having to trek too far with your own picnic, or your elopement hamper from White Radish Catering.
The South West Coast Path is better for sunrises so we have for this reason left this side of the coastline off our list and focused more on West Cornwall (part 1) and the North Coast (part 2) for our guide to the best sunset locations. We will be releasing a guide to the ‘Best sunrise locations to eat pancakes and drink a coffee’ soon for all the early risers out there.
So here in no particular order is a list of some of our favourite cliff top locations in South West Cornwall.West Cornwall
Carn Gloose – Cliffs & Mines near Cape Cornwall in West Penwith
This is probably our most regular ‘cliff spot’ to cook a quick coffee before shooting elopements at BoHo Cornwall as it is only a few minutes away. We love the views over Cape Cornwall and Cot Valley below. There is parking directly on the cliffs so this is a popular spot with campers in West Cornwall.
Carn Claver – Cliff Top Location on the South West Coast Path
The walk is a little further from the car park but once on the cliffs you are rewarded by the bluest seas and the highest cliffs. Remains and ruins from old mines scatter the cliffs and the views are breathtaking. A popular spot with rock climbers but definitely a favourite with us for picnics or some cheeky wild camping in West Cornwall. Romantic Picnic Cornwall
Zennor Head – Cliffs, Mermaids & Blue Seas in South West Cornwall
This area is more popular with tourists as it’s where you will find the Mermaid of Zennor in the church and the old pub. But head on down the coast path towards Zennor and you can find some really beautiful views over hidden coves and bays. There are so many beautiful swim spots around here too. The access is a slight nightmare and some paths are not for the faint hearted. The nudist beach of PorthZennor lies in the bay to the right. Rom
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Kynance Cove – White Sandy Beaches & Stunning Views
Now whilst this location is best avoided from April-September there are beautiful cliffs away from the crowds where you can enjoy your picnic. If you are up for more of a walk, head over the beach and coast path past the iconic view point as if you are heading towards Predannack. Here you can find the most idyllic quiet nooks overlooking the sea stacks from behind.
Predannack Wollas – Dramatic Cliffs along Kynance Cove & Lizard
Probably one of our most favourite locations in Cornwall. We have wild camped here, watched the milky way here, photographed couples here and had lots of picnics here. It is quiet, wild and has all the drama rolled up in one. There is a National Trust car park in Predannack Wollas and a short walk to the first section of cliffs.
Pendeen – Near Morvah & Zennor
Slightly more popular and parking can sometimes get busy but the car park is directly on the cliffs. Boat Cove is a little bay to the right and makes for a great swim, either in the sea or the little sea pool. The cliffs overlooking the lighthouse are beautiful and you can see the old mines of Levant in the distance.
Rinsey – Mines & Wild Cliffs near Porthleven
This beautiful coastline is about 5 minutes from our house in Porthleven so we spend a lot of time here. The cliffs are covered in old mines, gorse and heather and wild (not so wild) ponies roam the coastline. We prefer walking further along the headland to the last outcrop of rocks which are quieter. You can see Porthleven in the distance and the two mines below and Rinsey beach to the right. It is a great spot for watching the sunset.
Logan’s Rock – a Stunning Rock near Porthcurno & Pedn Vounder
There is always somewhere quiet to sit here as it is so big. The car park in Treen is the closest and there is a short cut over the farmers fields to Logans Rock if you are not heading down onto Pedn Vouder beach. On top of Logan’s Rock you will be rewarded by views over sandy coves and Porthcurno and onto the Minack Theater in the distance. Basking sharks and seals are regular visitors in the area.
Mayon Cliff – Old Coastguard Lookout above Sennen Cove
We love sitting on the cliffs above Sennen, with a view over the shipwreck below and Land’s End in the distance. There is a little car park in the harbour below and with a short steep hike up the hill, you will have the best views out and over the ocean.
Land’s End – The Arc
We love the shapes and rock formations on the cliffs overlooking the Arc or further along the coastline towards Porthgwarra. It is also a great location to watch the Milky way and star gaze. Parking at Land’s End is £5 and the walk to the arc takes around 10 minutes. If you want to keep on walking, carry on to Nanjizal to see the Sea Cave and have a swim. Romantic Picnic Cornwall
Botallack Mines – The Crown Mines over Cornwall’s Majestic Cliffs
A popular with Poldark fans but even if you are not into all that like us, it makes a great backdrop to have a picnic and watch the sunset over the Crown Mines. The high cliffs and ruins add to the enchanting atmosphere of the area. We prefer to walk the top path along towards St Ives for quiet spots. If you are feeling brave, we also love walking over the very narrow crumbling cliff path to the outcrop of rock that overlooks the mines at almost eye level. There’s lots of level sections that make a great spot to eat but please be careful as the path is very high and slippery.
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Here is a little image from a picnic on the cliffs.
Life does not come with instructions on how to live, but it does come with trees, sunsets, smiles and laughter, so enjoy your day -Debbie Shapiro
If you don’t fancy making your own picnic food, here are some of our top recommended suppliers that are able to cater for all your picnic and hamper needs for your romantic elopement picnic or on your mini moon & honeymoon in Cornwall.
Elopement Hampers from White Radish Events
White Radish elopement hampers are a fantastic way for couples to celebrate their wedding at the end of such a special day. They fill them full of delicious food, designed for two and each hamper can be tailored especially for you or you can choose from their delicious hamper menu. You even have the option of adding on a gorgeous wicker hamper to take home as a keepsake. Everything is packaged in beautiful eco friendly Kraft boxes and trays and each hamper comes with disposable palm leaf plates, eco friendly cutlery and luxury napkins. They prepare the food from their farm kitchens near Lamorna Cove and use local ingredients, some of which they grow themselves. White Radish also uses local suppliers including Polgoon Vineyard in Penzance so if you want to, you are able to add a bottle or two of their incredible sparkling wine to your hamper. They cover most of West Penwith but are happy to deliver further afield. If you would like to book a hamper or chat further about elopement food you can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
The strange thing about the sunset is that we actually don’t want the sun to set. We want it to stay right on the horizon – not below it, not above it – just right on it.
We hope this post has inspired you to have your own romantic picnic on the wild Cornish cliffs. Please make sure you don’t leave any rubbish behind, leave only footprints and take home good memories. Sunset Cornwall, Sunset Cornwall
Also please be careful of adders in the warmer months from April onwards.
If you want to read more about our favourite beaches in Cornwall then please read our blog post: ‘Favourite Beaches in Cornwall’ for more inspiration. Wes
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