New interactive portal launched to help people discover Penwith natural beauty and heritage – In Your Area

The new Penwith Landscape Exploration Network website gives added information on the landscape of Penwith (Image: 3Deep)

There is a new way to explore Penwith natural wild and beautiful landscape and heritage from the comfort of your own home.

The Penwith Landscape Exploration Network is a new virtual way to explore Penwith and its features.

Created for the Penwith Landscape Partnership, and funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the new web portal offers aerial images and added textual context, history and additional information about the area, landscape and historical buildings.

Laura Ratcliffe-Warren, ancient Penwith project officer for the PLP said the aim of the new website was to help others explore Penwith, near Penzance, Cornwall – a task the PLP tackled previously with the creation of a number of guided trails through the landscape.

She said that the PLEN will now open up access to the landscape to a far wider audience, allowing even those thousands of miles from Penwith to get up close to the historic landscape.

North Penwith coast

The portal itself was constructed by 3deep Media working closely with the PLP team to select sites, record images, and edit viewpoints, all while thinking about the stories of these places and how to best showcase these.

She added: “Because it is such a protected pocket of land, the PLEN offers a great opportunity to understand the more complete way people used to use the environment around them.

“We hope this network of interconnecting viewpoints begins to demonstrate the special nature of the area, and makes you want to find out more about this living, working landscape. We are very proud of the PLEN – hopefully you find it as interesting and enjoyable to look through as we did making it.”

Katie Giles, digital and communications officer for the PLP added: “Our website was always meant to be a Virtual Landscape Hub – a source of information on Penwith and its heritage that can be used by all.

“The addition of the PLEN to the site really helps bring Penwith alive for visitors around the world! It will also be of great benefit for those with mobility issues who otherwise might find it difficult to access these wonderful sites.

“Over time additional content will be added to the PLEN, so we hope that visitors will keep checking back to discover even more about the Penwith landscape.”

The PLEN can now be explored at

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