Circular walks visiting Porthcurno beach

The beach at Porthcurno, Cornwall

In common with most of the other beaches around Penwith, the sand at Porthcurno is composed of fragments of seashell. Larger pieces of shell, and some intact shells, are usually washed up along the high-tide line. These mostly seem to be venus clams which are very pale in colour and may explain the particularly white sand around this coast. Another factor is that, unlike the slate in much of the rest of Cornwall, the granite here does not weather into minute flakes which mix into the sand and darken the colour.

There is a beach at Porthcurno at all states of the tide. At low spring tides, the beach merges with Pedn Vounder to create a huge expanse of sand. The beach faces south so it is a sun trap in winter. Photos will be into the sun during winter months.

  • 3 miles/4.9 km - Moderate

    Porthcurno to Penberth Cove

    Porthcurno to Penberth Cove

    3 miles/4.9 km - Moderate

    A circular walk with spectacular coastal scenery from Porthcurno to Penberth Cove, passing the famous wobbling boulder of Logan Rock and returning via the escape route from the wartime tunnels which housed one of the world's largest telegraph stations.

  • 5.4 miles/8.7 km - Moderate-strenuous

    Porthcurno, Porthgwarra and Gwennap Head

    Porthcurno, Porthgwarra and Gwennap Head

    5.4 miles/8.7 km - Moderate-strenuous

    A circular walk from Porthcurno, passing the Minack Theatre, St Leven's Holy Well, Porthchapel and Porthgwarra beaches, to Gwennap Head where the English Channel meets the Atlantic and the Runnelstone Reef has claimed so many ships that divers are unsure where the wreckage is from.

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