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Tater Du Lighthouse

Mousehole, Cornwall

Location Guide

Photo by Rod Allday

Tater Du Lighthouse is a small modern lighthouse built in 1965, built by Trinity House as an automatic installation.  The lighthouse was built after the ship 'Juan Ferrar' wrecked nearby in 1963 with the loss of 11 lives.

It marks a headland on the south Cornwall coast to the west of Penzance.

A red sector light warns shipping of the Runnelstone Rocks.

The lighthouse, which is built of white concrete blocks, was modernised in 1996/7.

Photo by Tony Akin

Photograph from Geograph

Photo from Geograph

Taken from near where the tragic sinking of the
Solomon Browne lifeboat happened in December 1981.

Photo by Richard Knights

Lighthouse information Grid


Tater Du Lighthouse, nr Mousehole, Cornwall

Current status:

Currently in use

Geographic Position:

50 03.12 N 05 34.60 W

Grid Reference:


Ceremonial County:



White tower mid way up hillside, no accommodation but small building next to it

Map Link:

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Aerial photo:

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Originally built:


Current lighthouse built:


Height of Tower:

15m   50ft

Height of light above mean sea level:

Main Light:    34 Metres    112ft
Sector Light: 31 Metres

Character of light:

Main Light: Three White Flashes Every 15 Seconds
Sector Light: Fixed Red, 4 White Flashes Every 15 Seconds

Character of fog signal:

2 Blasts Every 30 Seconds

Range of light:

Main Light:    23 nautical miles
Sector Light: 13 nautical miles

Owned / run by:

Trinity House

Getting there:

See map - On a headland about 6km (4 mi) southwest of Penzance. The road to the lighthouse is not open to the public, but the lighthouse is accessible by walking about 3km (2 mi) from Lamorna Cove on the South West Coastal Path 




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Routes: South West Coastal Path 
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If you're down here during December to get more dramatic seas around the lighthouse, in the evening you could visit the nearby Mousehole Christmas Lights, at Mousehole, where they decorate the harbour and town.

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