Call us biased, but our favourite sunset spot is right on our doorstep. The golden sands of Gylly are perfect for a barefoot stroll as the sun dips into the sea for the evening. With the lazy drawn-out days of summer, a visit to Gyllyngvase in the evening is either best enjoyed with a pre-sunset dinner or post-darkness cocktail at St Michaels.
Perched right on the tip of Falmouth between the harbour and the bay is Pendennis Castle, on a high rocky headland thrusting out into the open sea. This imposing medieval vantage point is a wonderfully romantic backdrop to any sunset. Park in the castle’s car park and take a walk around the moat - you don’t have to go into the castle to find a good spot.
CORNISH FOOT PATH
Take a gentle stroll along the footpath between Swanpool and Maenporth and you’ll come across several viewpoints to watch the sunset. Grab a bite to eat before nature’s show starts, then pack a blanket, hot flask and camera and watch the moonrise over the sea.
FALMOUTH GOLF CLUB
This spot sees more than its fair share of spectacular sunsets. With sweeping views from the clifftops overlooking Falmouth Bay – you’ll be forgiven for being off your game! Allow yourself to be distracted during a round of golf in late evening as the sun sets over the Lizard Peninsula.
Stroll into town and catch the ferry over to St Mawes. With plenty of pubs and restaurants, you’ll easily spend an evening tucking into tasty treats and a sneaky pint or two before watching the sun set behind Pendennis Castle.
The parish church of Mawnan is a secluded sunset retreat. Probably named after a sixth century Saint Maunanus, a Breton monk who landed here about 520 AD. A sacred site built within an ancient earthwork, look out for a granite coffin that has been used for the lychgate. You’ll have views from St Antony’s lighthouse in the east to the Lizard in the south. The church is used as a navigational aid for shipping and you will be able to see for miles, especially on one of our clear soft Cornish summer evenings.
Reachable on foot, by bicycle or by boat, this 13th-century inn sits on the curve of Restronguet Creek. Grab a glass of something cold and admire the panoramic views across a river dotted with sailing boats to the hills beyond. Take a seat on a pontoon reaching out into the water, and listen to the sound of the water lapping against the shore.
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