“At the far end of England, a land of rocks and moorland stretches itself out into a blue-green sea.
Between its high headlands lie tiny sheltering harbours where the fishing boats hide when the winter storms are blowing.
One of these harbours is so small and the entrance between its great stone breakwaters is so narrow that fishermen called it “the Mousehole”.
The people who lived in the cottages around the harbour grew fond of the name and they call their village Mousehole to this day.
They say it in the Cornish way, “Mowzel”, but you may say it as you choose.”
The Mousehole Cat by Antonia Barber
We had the good fortune to see this book while staying in Chertsey and the memory of this Mousehole harbour stuck, which is why when we were looking at staying in Cornwall, Mousehole was top of the list!
It lived up to its reputation the opening into the harbour is indeed a tiny hole, one which any “Storm cat” would have a problem getting into. No storms while we were there just the regular flux of the tides filling and emptying the rock pools….. while leaving all sorts of interesting critters behind!!!! These crystal clear little pools contain all sorts if you just take the time to sit and look……. Anemones, limpets, crabs, shrimps, fish and all kinds of weeds and algae.
Then of course you can go crabbing with a line and bacon on the harbour walls or launch yourself off the steps into the incoming tides (might need a wet suit for that one, it can be a little chilly).
Inside the harbour is a small crescent beach “low tide” although you have to share with the anchor lines, just outside and east is a tidal flushed swimming pool, much warmer, easy to get into and with its own little population of critters…… augmented with adults, kids and the odd dog. Climb the steps and enjoy a fantastic view while enjoying a Cornish tea or ice cream…. Yummy!
We stayed high above the village and enjoyed meandering in, early enough and you can watch the fisherman unloading their catch, or pick up a tasty treat for breakfast. There is no shortage of tea rooms, pubs and restaurants and of course there is a fish & chip shop….. (no village is complete without at least one)
We even had a Mousehole cat come and help us eat ours as we scoffed it down by the harbour.
What a fantastic place to get away from it all! We know we already got away from it all, this was even better though as we got to share it with a very good friend and some of the family! A perfect Cornish holiday!!!!