Fishing has shaped the culture and identity of the Penzance area for centuries. The historic village of Mousehole was once known as the ‘port of the island’, while Newlyn continues to be Cornwall’s largest fishing port today.
Wander along the quay in Mousehole and you’ll find a barometer from 1854, which was given to the village to help predict storms. While you’re here, seek out the story of the Mousehole Cat, a children’s book that reimagines the legend of fearless fisherman Tom Bawcock through the eyes of his cat.
While Mousehole started out as the key fishing port in Mount’s Bay, Newlyn’s fortunes began to change in the 16th century with the growth of the pilchard industry. Today, more than 600 vessels land fish in the harbour each day, bringing in over 40 different species.
In this itinerary, you’ll find experiences that introduce you to the history of fishing in the area, as well as its continuing importance today.