Cottages Cornwall Pendeen Lighthouse
Pendeen Lighthouse is situated on the North coast of Cornwall, as you travel from Lands End towards St Ives. The lighthhouse is situated very close to the famous Geevor Tin mines and you can clearly see the old engine houses if you look along the coast to the West. The single story building you can see extending from the tower was formerly self catering accommodation for the lighthouse keepers and their families. Since the Lighthouse became automated in 1995, the building is now let as holiday cottages.
The 17m tall tower contains two rooms, one on top of the other. Above them the lantern which originally contained a five-wick Argand lamp, to which oil was pumped from the room below. This lamp was replaced by an electric one in 1926 and the old oil lamp is now on display at the Trinity House National Lighthouse Centre in Penzance. Around the new lamp revolves the apparatus containing the lenses. The optic weighs 2½ tons and floats in a trough of mercury. The light from Pendeen Lighthouse is visible for 16 miles.
As with much of the Cornish coast, the sea and landscapes are dramatic with a rugged coastline and the sea crashing on the granite rocks below. The Pendeen area and headland is open to the public and very popular with walkers. There are guided tours of both the lighthouse and the old fog horn (click the Pendeen Vistor Centre website for opening times etc.) and, just round the corner, is a pleasant walk down to the sea at Portheras Bay.