Porthcurno beach

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View map of beach Parking available Toilets available South West Coast Path SSSI Dog friendly RNLI lifeguard cover May 18 - September 29 Beach cleaned regularly Good water quality for swimming

Season: winter

The tide on this iconic Cornish beach, considered by many to be the finest in the county, was falling away for my winter re-visit, allowing access to the nearby satellite beaches.  The low midday sun lit the valley behind the beach and the white horses that topped the sets of rolling waves.  Visitors and locals alike were walking off the Christmas festivities and looking forward to a bright New Year.  They couldn’t have found a finer spot.  Happy New Year.

Winter visit photo gallery


A deep affection for the beach.
Jane Adams Ceramics


The stunning vista at Porthcurno beach.

First and Last Cottages

Season: spring

A bright day with a rising tide greeted me at Porthcurno beach for this seasonal re-visit.  The calm sea shone silver, the breakers almost translucent as they arched and fell on the golden sand.  This is a magical beach in any weather and season.  You could sense the pressure lifting from beachgoers’ shoulders as they walked the beach or sat gazing out to sea.  Highly recommended.

Spring visit photo gallery


The rhythms of nature at the beach for Jane.


By the majestic sea at Porthcurno beach, on a rising tide.

Season: summer

Bright sunshine greeted me for this return to the iconic Porthcurno beach, in West Cornwall.  As the tide fell away, you could still find seaweed goodwill messages, to be read from the Minack theatre above by this year’s visiting actors.  Lots of people were on the beach and a harmonious atmosphere pervaded the little groups I talked to.  The enhancing benefit that this magical place gave to everyone who was there was almost palpable.  This is a great beach, highly recommended.

Summer visit photo gallery


Ellie and Abigail, from the University of London’s Central School of Speech and Drama, enjoy the beach.


Eamon and Tommy, from the Peter Pan production team, working at the Minack Theatre.


Simon’s analysis of the beach.


Honeymooners Trish and Geoff, on the steps above Porthcurno beach.


A beautiful beach, in the morning.

Season: spring

This is one of the most beautiful, natural beaches in Cornwall.  It feels pristine and untouched.  My re-visit at low tide showed me the two beaches round to the east, where I was also able to film.  Great beach, strongly recommended.

Spring visit photo


On the waterline at Porthcurno beach.


On the small beach next to Porthcurno beach.


With Cherry, who explained the harmonising qualities of the beach to her.


Charlotte says it straight.

Season: autumn

An iconic Penwith beach, sitting next to the Minack Theatre, which is carved into the cliffs above.  The beach still has the tiny cable house, designed to help send telegrams to America, standing at the head of the beach.  There is a nearby choice of large car parks with toilets, and there is a café at the Minack theatre.  The beach has very impressive square blocks of granite in the westerly cliffs, almost pink in certain light.


Chat with artist Jane on Porthcurno beach.


The wonderful beach at Porthcurno in Penwith.

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