Back in July Scott and I finally visited one of Cornwall’s most popular spots: Porthcurno.
We parked up in the Treen carpark, a small field in the village of Treen just North of Porthcurno. From here it’s a short walk along the cliff path to the golden sands of Porthcurno.
Porthurno is famous for its turquoise waters, the Minack theatre and its role in global communication. During the summer months it’s incredibly busy, so if you want to stop off here for the day it’s definitely best to get in early. There is another carpark in Porthcurno, a handful of lovely cafes and seasonal lifeguard cover.
Across the bay are wonderful views of Pedn vounder beach, which up until recently was a considered a more secret spot, especially for those who prefer their day on the beach to have a more naked flare. This tidal beach is tricky to get down to, and involves climbing down the cliff to reach it. The tide here also comes in fairly sharply, leaving visitors at risk of getting stuck.
The rocky outcrop on the far right of the photos features Treen Dinas and Logan’s Rock. Logan’s Rock is a 65 ton naturally balanced boulder (at least until in 1824 when some sailors attempted to remove it, knocking it in the sea before being forced to replace it following public outcry).
Just past Minack Point on Rospletha Cliff are the remains of the 59m mast that was erected by the Eastern Telegraph Company as part of Marconi’s experiments.
On the other side of Rospletha Cliff is the smaller Porth Chapel beach. This is a beautiful little spot, smaller and quieter than its neighbour, with gentle waters perfect for paddling.
This old well had been used for centuries by those living nearby, especially for baptisms at the church that once sat sit further down the cliff.
Access is free to everyone, although some parts of the coast path are very steep and may not be accessible for those with mobility issues.