Discover our top 10 recommended things to do in and around Zennor, Cornwall. Located on a coastal shelf on The Land's End Peninsula (The Penwith Peninsula) between the high moors and infinite Atlantic, there's plenty to do.
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Between high moors and the infinite Atlantic
'Senar or Sinar, whose name gave rise to Zennor, is first identified in two 12th-century sources as a man, but later more often as a woman.' (Source: Nicholas Orme's 'The Saints of Cornwall'). Whatever the truth behind the naming of the village, Zennor is in a super location in the northern section of The Land's End Peninsula (The Penwith Peninsula). Positioned between high moors and a rocky coastline, Zennor is just off the B3306 that runs down the coastal shelf from St Ives to St Just. Clearly, it's a great base from which to explore moor and sea.

What to do in Zennor
The village is dominated by Zennor St Senara's Church. Pop inside to see the famous mermaid carving. Across the road from the church is Zennor Tinners Arms. Nearby is Zennor Wayside Museum and Trewey Mill. This local museum guides you through 5000 years of human life in this area of The Land's End Peninsula (The Penwith Peninsula). Note that there's a reasonably large car park with public toilets.

What to do around Zennor
Head to the coast. Zennor is located very close to the sea. A path runs behind the pub to Zennor Head where it connects with the South West Coast Path. Immediately below you is Pendour Cove. We'd recommend following the coastal path to Gurnard's Head with its Iron Age cliff castle. Local beaches you can visit at low tide include Treen Cove and Porthzennor Cove. Please note that access to these beaches isn't particularly easy.

Inland, climb Zennor Hill to explore the high moors and their prehistory. See Zennor Quoit and Sperris Quoit. A little further away is Mulfra Quoit. Our software puts the latter at 1.9 miles from Zennor *as the crow flies*. Note that the Tinner's Way cuts across the moors. English Heritage's Chysauster Ancient Village is a short drive south east. For moorland views, head up to the top of Carn Galver. At the bottom of this hill is Carn Galver Mine. This is part of the UNESCO Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape World Heritage Site.

Legends and stories associated with Zennor
The most famous legend associated with the village is 'The Mermaid of Zennor'. The story was captured by William Botterell in his book 'Traditions and Hearthside Stories of West Cornwall'. Given that the mermaid was said to have her home in Pendour Cove, we reproduce the full story in a special listing here.

D.H. Lawrence
D.H. Lawrence and his wife Frieda stayed in Porthcothan from the end of December 1915 until March 1916. They then headed down to The Land's End Peninsula (The Penwith Peninsula). There, they rented one of a pair of cottages just east of Zennor by Higher Tregerthen Farm. Higher and Lower Tregerthen are clearly marked on the Ordnance Survey Explorer 102 'Land's End' map about a mile outside the village. The Lawrences stayed in the Zennor Tinners Arms as they decorated the cottage before moving in. They were evicted from Cornwall in October 1917 having been accused of spying for the Germans in WW1. 'Women in Love' was written during the stay in Zennor. If this is of interest, we'd recommend reading Chapter 12 of D.H. Lawrence's novel 'Kangeroo'. Entitled 'The Nightmare', this chapter draws upon his experience living in Zennor between 1916 and 1917. There are some evocative descriptions of the landscape and its perhistory. (Source: D. H. Lawrence: The Life of an Outsider by John Worthen)

Local destinations
Zennor is just down the road from St. Ives. Continue south west on the B3306 and you get to St. Just. Beyond that are Sennen, Land's End and Porthcurno.

By James Penman


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Zennor Tinners Arms, Cornwall

Located in Zennor, Cornwall, South West England, England

Less than a mile away.

The Tinners Arms is in a superb location on The Land's End Peninsula (The Penwith Peninsula). Across the road from Zennor St Senara's Church in the heart of this small coastal village, it's a great place to visit before,...

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Zennor St Senara's Church, Cornwall

Located in Zennor, Cornwall, South West England, England

Less than a mile away.

St Senara's is another handsome granite church located on the coastal shelf between the high moors and coast of The Land's End Peninsula (The Penwith Peninsula). For information about St Senera, refer to Nicholas Orme's...

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Zennor Wayside Museum and Trewey Mill, Cornwall

Located in Zennor, Cornwall, South West England, England

Less than a mile away.

There's a reasonably large car park in the centre of Zennor. Just north of the car park are the Zennor Tinners Arms and Zennor Tinners Arms. Just south is the Zennor Wayside Museum and Trewey Mill. We've positioned this...

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16a Penwith Road
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Approximately 3.9 miles away.

Total Bedrooms: 3; Maximum Occupants: 6; Rates: 439 - 1,059 Per Week

A modern three storey detached house, situated in a peaceful location yet just 15 minutes walk into the town centre and some of the best beaches in the area. This property is excluded from late availability discounts....

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Polurrian, Tregenna Castle Estate
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Approximately 4.1 miles away.

Total Bedrooms: 2; Maximum Occupants: 4; Rates: u/k - u/k Per Week

A stylish ground floor apartment situated in the picturesque village of St Ives and benefiting from a balcony and stunning views across the beautifully kept grounds and down to the sea. Sunday to Sunday bookings only at...

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St Hilary, Pole Lodge 18, Tregenna Castle Estate
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Approximately 4.1 miles away.

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A Japanese style pole house situated in the picturesque village of St Ives and benefiting from a balcony and stunning views across the beautifully kept grounds and down to the sea. Sunday to Sunday bookings only at this...

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