One of the most beautiful beaches we visited while in Cornwall was Porthcurno in the Southwestern of England.
With gorgeous fine soft white sand washed by crystal clear turquoise water while in the sun and high cliffs on both sides providing shelter, it’s an oasis of striking natural beauty.
The large beach is popular with families as is lifeguarded during the summer and also because it has a stream that flows down one side, which is great for kids to paddle in.
But towards high tide, it is steeply shelving plus the waves can be mighty so care should be taken.
At low tide, the sand stretches round to nearby Pedn Vounder, and the scenery is at its best with shallow pools of translucent water and islands of sand forming across the beach.
It is an easy walk between the two bays, but make sure you don’t get cut off unless you fancy the climb up the cliff “path” from Pedn.
At the top of the cliffs is the renowned open-air Minack Theatre, built in the 1920s by visionary Rowena Wade and her gardener.
You can reach the theatre from the beach, however, the steps are pretty precarious.
The interesting Porthcurno Telegraph Museum is located just before you get to the main car park of the beach.
The Museum tells the story of Cornwall’s role in the pioneering days of global communications, besides being used on the Second World War to keep connections running.
It was the largest telegraph station in the world, and cables from here were buried underneath the beach and then placed on the seabed all over the world.
– dogs are not allowed in the summertime from 1 July to 31 August, 10am – 6pm.
– toilets are available next to the car park.
How to get there?
The easiest way is by car. The postcode is TR19 6JX. There is a large, paid car park just a couple of minutes from the beach.
You can check buses timetable here: https://porthcurno.info/bus-timetables
Or, you can check this website here: First KERNOW A1 service links Penzance and Land’s End and stops in Porthcurno.
Cornwall has several beautiful beaches. It is a shame that the weather in the UK is not the best in the summertime. Otherwise, it would be fantastic and for sure a tourist hotspot like Spain, Italy, etc…
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Have a lovely day!
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