Newlyn, Cornwall

Newlyn, found in the shelter of Mount’s Bay, Cornwall, is a picturesque, historic port, where for centuries fishing has been the main industry.

It is believed The Mayflower may have stopped in Newlyn for water supplies, after finding the water it had on board in Plymouth was contaminated.

Today the bustling harbour continues to be an important coastal hub, landing the largest value catch in the UK. The Newlyn Fish Festival is usually held in August, which celebrates Newlyn’s longstanding seafaring heritage.

Quarter of a century prior to the arrival of the Mayflower in 1595, Newlyn was raided by the Spanish, with most of the village razed to the ground. As such, Many of Newlyn’s buildings date from the 17th Century onwards.

Today you can wander around the granite-faced fishermen’s cottages in the cobbled streets leading down to the harbour, where you'll find the medieval old quay. This is where the Mayflower would have docked and where fishermen landed their catch in times gone by.

The town has long been a magnet for artists - in the late 19th Century painters such as Stanhope Forbes and Walter Langley helped to establish the Newlyn School, whose artists were attracted by the subject matter and quality of light. Their paintings depicted the everyday life of the Newlyn people, their local traditions, hardships and family loss. This legacy is evident today and there are several art galleries, as well as the Newlyn Art School.

The town boasts stunning panoramic views across Mount’s Bay, with St Michael’s Mount a focal point. From here you can also view the sweep of the golden sandy beaches, such as Marazion. From elevated locations, the Lizard, the southernmost point of the UK, is visible.

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