Circular walks visiting Porthbean beach

The beach at Porthbean, Cornwall

The three small beaches towards Pendower Beach from Porthcurnick are composed of coarse sand and shingle, with rock platforms exposed at low water, containing a number of rockpools. The two beaches closest to Porthcurnick and separated by Needle Rock are known collectively as Porthbean, which is a typically no-frills Cornish place name meaning "small cove". In the Roseland dialect, the unstressed "porth" is pronounced "per" so Porthbean is pronounced "Perbayn" locally. A third (unnamed) beach can be reached by crossing the rocks from Porthbean but note that it is cut off at high tide.

  • 4.4 miles/7 km - Moderate

    Portscatho to Pendower Beach

    Portscatho to Pendower Beach

    4.4 miles/7 km - Moderate

    A circular walk along two miles of beaches around Gerrans Bay which were once used by Portscatho smugglers to land contraband and strewn with the wreckage of sailing ships that overshot Falmouth Harbour and ran aground on The Whelps reef.

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