West Cornwall is nowadays my home. I love it here, and these pictures will suggest why!
West Penwith, where I live, is the part of West Cornwall west of Hayle and Marazion.
Its main town is Penzance (in Cornish Pen Sans, or 'holy headland')
Penwith means 'the headland beyond' or 'the far beyond'.
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Cornwall is not really English - it is Kernow, one of the old Celtic realms of Britain, with Wales, Ireland, Brittany, Strathclyde and the Hebrides. Being half-Welsh, Kernow's ancient roots mean something to me, jiggling my cells.
In one sense Cornwall is quite isolated (5-6 hours from London and Birmingham). Yet also it has a global feeling - we have four continents over the horizon across the seas (North and Latin America, Europe and Africa).
Cornwall is memorable for its cliffscapes, ancient sites and atmosphere, for surfing, seals and cetaceans, fishermen, pirates and tin miners. It is one of Britain's main holiday regions and is also home to many interesting people who like living at the end of the world - including yachties, arty types and authors, greenies, returned expats, alternative types and sundry oddbods.
One reason why Penwith has so many ancient sites is that, in Megalithic times 4-5,000 years ago the Irish Sea was the centre of activity in Britain and Ireland.
Later, about 2,500-1,500 years ago, it was a major tin-mining area,
perhaps one of Britain's most prosperous regions. Phoenicians, Greeks and Romans came seeking tin, and St Michael's Mount was the main trading place.