Bright sunshine greeted me on this spring re-visit to Hemmick. As Giles explains below, the outstanding natural beauty of this part of Cornwall’s south coast owes much to the work of the National Trust. Hemmick beach is a pleasure to visit at any time. I recommend the path up through the woods to the Dodman Point, where you can see Iron Age and Napoleonic archaeology and history, as well as staggering views across to the Nare Head, or back towards Vault beach.
Giles’ eulogy to the conservation and husbandry of the National Trust, at Hemmick beach and beyond on Cornwall’s south coast.
The sun glistens on the bay, looking out from Hemmick beach.
Outstanding visibility was the order of the day for this weekend return to beautiful Hemmick beach, on the south coast of Cornwall. Visitors here could see all the way to the tip of the Lizard peninsula and the sky was bright blue. The walk down from the National Trust car park at Penare is steep, but offers an outstanding vista, drawing you down to the sandy beach. It’s worth stopping on the steep return ascent, to remind yourself of the unspoilt beauty and to frame a lasting image in your mind, before your next return.
What the beach means to Mark.
A bright blue day at Hemmick beach.
It was back to magnificent Hemmick beach for this summer re-visit. The tide had almost fallen away, leaving a panoply of colours and textures, visible on the exposed rocks. This wild, natural beach was at its best, in the teeth of a blustery onshore breeze, under feisty storm clouds. Natural scenery surrounds Hemmick, adding to its timeless feel.
Tatum shares how the beach fits into her approach to life.
The wild magnificence of Hemmick beach.
Clean surf crashed onto the beach at Hemmick for this spring re-visit. The sky was blue, the weather warm and the sunshine bright in the morning sky. As the tide turned inwards, odd weekending visitors started to settle for a restful day, collecting driftwood for their barbecues and stopping to gaze out over the waves, lost in their thoughts.
Lindsey and David reflect on beaches and coastlines.
On the waterline at Hemmick in the morning.
One of Cornwall’s least spoilt beaches, nestled beneath the Dodman Point on the south coast of Cornwall. Hemmick always seems to attract healthy surf, despite its southerly aspect. Access is from Penare village at the top of a steep road or from a few parking spaces next to the beach. There are no facilities. If you’re feeling energetic, I recommend the headland walk up to the Dodman, where there’s archaeology and history aplenty to enjoy, as shown by my films of the Napoleonic Watch House.
Surf’s up, at Hemmick beach in Cornwall.
A close-up of the sea against the beach at Hemmick.
Up to the Dodman Point above the beach, here’s part 1 of a snapshot of life in Napoleonic times.
…and here’s part 2, from the Watch House at Dodman Point.
This early morning re-visit showed the storm damage from the winter, with a significant cliff fall at the back of the beach. Hemmick was stonier than on my previous visit, again due to the storms. This morning was bright though, with blue sky and a silver sea, as languid waves lapped the shore. It heralded a warm, sunny day on the south coast of Cornwall.
A variety of uses for the beach.
Early morning at Hemmick.
Above the beach, on the Dodman Point.