This autumn re-visit showcased a calm sea, lit by the easterly morning sun. At low tide, the striking geology was on display, in the sea caves round the corner from the main part of the beach, below the abandoned engine house that stands on the stark cliffs. The waves were modest but long, perfectly formed arcs before they broke. I ran into Ralph, one of the first manonabeach interviewees from last year, enjoying his passion for sea fishing.
A re-acquaintance with Ralph, in his natural environment.
Chapel Porth beach, showing its gentle side.
As the sun broke in the east, it lit a wild sea on Cornwall’s North Coast. The breakers piled in relentlessly over the broken rocks at the head of the beach. This was elemental nature in the raw. The tide really races in here and you have to be watchful at the water’s edge. When you leave Chapel Porth on a morning such as this, you feel exhilarated and alive, re-charged and ready to go.
Richard enjoys the sea, in awe at the elements.
The action of the sea on the land, at Chapel Porth in North Cornwall this morning.
This is an elemental beach, with a dramatic approach, down a winding road in a deep gorge. The beach faces the Atlantic and the geology bears witness to the land’s abrasive relationship with the ocean, stark rocky outcrops chiselled apart by the weather and sea. It’s a rejuvenating environment, always breezy and invigorating, a place to get a positive charge at the start of the day.
Stephen’s affinity for this beach.
On the waterline, in the morning.
The approach by road to Chapel Porth beach, near St Agnes in North Cornwall, is dramatic. You drop between two imposing hillsides, the road clinging to one side, its edge marked by posts between you and the drop. It has the feel of Wrynose or Hardknott Passes in the Lake District. In this case though, you’re greeted by the North Atlantic breakers beyond. The tide was nearly out for my re-visit, the eroded rock proud against the beach and sea. Chapel Porth is a wild beach, natural and untamed, in the teeth of the elements.
Bob explains the draw of Chapel Porth beach to his family.
The rocks and the beach, back from the dropping tide.
Inside a magical sea tunnel, beside the waves on Chapel Porth beach.
A windy morning at Chapel Porth near St Agnes. Chapel Porth beach is at the bottom of a deep valley. It has plenty of parking right on the beach and a toilet block which forms part of the National Trust investment that has been made in its infrastructure. It does feel isolated from the retail world, and is all the better for it. The beach is on an exhilarating stretch of the South West Coast Path, notable for its foreboding cliffs.
My chat with Ralph, who had a lifetime’s perspective on beach life here, specifically body boarding and fishing. He explains the best way and time to catch bass off the rocks.
A brief view of the power and energy of the waves acting on the rocks on Cornwall’s North Coast.