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Walk of the Month: Porthcurno to Penberth Cove

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.

Highlights include:

  • Sandy beaches at Porthcurno and Pedn Vounder
  • Spectacular views across the bay
  • Treryn Dinas Iron Age Hillfort
  • The infamous Logan Rock
  • Pretty fishing port of Penberth Cove
  • Wildlife including seals, birds of prey and choughs
  • Telegraph museum at Porthcurno

The route follows the Coast Path to the WW2 bunker overlooking Porthcurno and then follows clifftop paths overlooking Pedn Vounder beach to rejoin the Coast Path near Treryn Dinas. After the hillfort, the route follows the coast path to Penberth Cove. The route follows a footpath up the valley from the cove to Treen and then returns across the fields to Porthcurno.

The high summer sun brings out the turquoise colours in the water. The shallow sand bars of Pedn Vounder are particularly photogenic.

Gradients: On the coastal section, there’s one main climb up to the cliffs from Porthcurno and one moderate descent to Penberth cove. On the return route, there’s a fairly short climb through the woods to reach the fields.

Dogs: Dog ban: all year on slipway and fish-landing area at Penberth Cove. Most of the stiles should be fine for large dogs. Two are stone steps with a bar at the top and some dogs may need help over the bar.

Distance: 3 miles – Steepness: Moderate

Footwear: Walking boots

Read more and download the walk here


iWalk Cornwall
iWalk Cornwall is a collection of thoughtfully-crafted circular walks and a guided walks mobile app created by two brothers from Trewarmett who are passionate about the mindboggling number of amazing things in Cornwall.

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Florence Cashel

Theatre, live music, comedy, community workshops with social impact: these are a few of Florence’s favourite things. When she’s not at Cornwall 365, Florence is a theatremaker and performer.