Sustainable Stays

Sustainable stays in Penzance and Marazion

A holiday in West Cornwall doesn’t need to cost the earth. Discover an eco-friendly adventure in Penzance and Marazion

Travelling outside of the busy summer season is one way you can help the local area to enjoy a more sustainable economy, but there are also ways you can make a positive impact while you’re enjoying your holiday. These activities are all about maximising your sense of adventure, while minimising your carbon footprint.

You can mix and match from the suggested activities to create a great day out during your stay. Please note: You will need to contact the venue or experience provider directly to book.

Conscious shopper

Your morning begins in Penzance, where you can explore an array of vintage and antique shops, including We Have What You Need and Black Jacket Vintage.

You’ll also find retailers selling natural skincare products and homewares, such as Pure Nuff Stuff and No 56, but your main goal is to find something delicious to eat for your picnic – and when it comes to sustainable and local, there’s plenty in Penzance and Newlyn to fill your basket. Also check out this map, courtesy of Refill Penzance, to find out which shops are taking part in the scheme to reduce plastic waste.

Land’s End, Sennen & Porthcurno; EBike Cornwall

This 29mile / 48km route is perfect for experienced cyclists. You’ll start in Penzance, before exploring the quaint fishing village of Mousehole and heading off to see some of the most beautiful beaches and coves in Cornwall. You’ll even pull in at the Minack Theatre at the half-way mark. Good fitness is required but hiring an ebike does make it easier. This experience is suitable for an advanced level of fitness. EBike Cornwall have planned a route with plenty of delicious pitstops.

Six lessons in walking a tightrope; Walk with us app

Technology meets captivating storytelling in this self-guided walk along the Penzance promenade. The Walk With Us app combines augmented reality with narratives about coastal erosion and climate change to create a whole new way of seeing the landscape. You’ll walk along the ‘tightrope’ listening to the narrator, pausing at specific moments to look at the images through your phone. Find out more here.

Scenic railway; Take the train to St Ives

The beaches, art galleries and restaurants of St Ives are just a short train journey from Penzance. Board at Penzance station, sit back and relax as the spectacular St Michael’s Mount rolls past your window. At St Erth, join the St Ives Bay Line for a scenic journey along the coast, through Carbis Bay to St Ives. Find out more about the journey here.

Places to eat

The Mexico Inn; Longrock, Penzance

This 200-year-old pub is the perfect place to retreat for lunch after a blustery walk along the coastal path between Penzance and Marazion. Cosy up by the log fire and enjoy delicious small plates, ingredient-driven mains and a menu that changes with the seasons. Find out more here.

Essential Information

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Many of the activities in this itinerary will offer accessible access, however we advise that you contact the venue or experience provider in advance to confirm.

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Positive impact

We’re hoping to make every stay as sustainable as possible. Find out more here.

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