A subtle mix of grey, black and blue provided the palette for this winter visit. Lively surf, topped with bright white horses, cut through this fused vista in dramatic style. This is a deep, flat beach, so a rising tide always requires due care and attention. At the back of the beach a re-directed stream had wreaked havoc with the dune system, leaving a dangerous fifteen feet high sand cliff and removing considerable natural habitat for wildlife. A highlight of this unspoilt beach is the clash of elements as the sea arrives and claws at the stark black cliffs.
With Chris at Porthcothan in North Cornwall.
What the beach means to Rakhi and Scott, enjoying downtime in Cornwall.
The magnificent natural environment at Porthcothan Bay.
A rising tide greeted me for this winter visit. Clean sets of waves were completing their Atlantic journey at this most elemental of beaches. This was the last day of the year, offering bright sunshine for the reflective beach walkers. The weather-beaten black rock stood starkly against the clear blue sky and the ocean scene was interspersed with the vivid white of the rolling waves.
What the beach means to Sharon and Tristan.
New Year’s Eve at Porthcothan Bay.
This was a chance to enjoy some evening sun on the north coast of Cornwall. As the tide ran in the sun was framed between the headlands, with sand dunes behind. Porthcothan Bay is unspoilt and natural, as it has always been, little known and wild, a great place to come and see what the tide has brought in.
With Abby and Isaac in the evening.
The best beachcombing beach in Cornwall, home to the late well-known film maker, beachcomber and fisherman Nick Darke, Porthcothan is an unspoilt North Coast beach facing the Atlantic. It attracts flotsam and jetsam from as far away as the Amazon. A deep rather than wide beach, it was being surveyed for erosion damage on this occasion. There is a shop behind the dunes, toilets and plenty of parking to hand in the small adjacent village.
A friendly chat with two proud local residents.
A chat with one of two surveyors who were collecting data for analysis of coastal erosion.
Peace and quiet at Porthcothan, with the beach all to myself.