After camping at Trevedra Farm Campsite for the night and waking up in the rain we weren’t too sure about whether to head to Sennen Cove or not. However as we put the tent away and had breakfast the skies lightened and the sun came out more.
We made our way to Sennen – a mere 5 minute drive and parked up in the Harbour Car Park. We decided to park here purely based on price – it was a pound cheaper than the alternative beach car park – every penny counts! I think it was a good move as it wasn’t too busy and we found a parking space easily. It also meant we could walk past the moored boats and stop off at the Sennen Cove Lifeboat Station on the way. The lifeboat centre is only small but free to enter and worth a quick look to see the huge lifeboat ready for action should anyone unfortunately need it. There’s a few cafe’s, a local shop and fish and chip take away here too. It has a nice atmosphere which we liked.
We made our way along to the beach – it’s a long sandy beach, otherwise known as Whitesands Bay which is a known hot spot for surfing. You can get a good view of the beach as you walk from the car park and the view is lovely. We walked through the yellow soft sand and jumped over various rock pools where children were looking for crabs.
We took a seat on one of the many large rocks and admired the view whilst deciding which beach to visit next! There is so many to choose from it’s hard to know which ones to prioritise!
Have you ever been to Sennen? What did you think of it? Let me know in the comments box below, I’d love to hear your thoughts!
So we visited Gwynver Beach when we went camping at Trevedra Farm campsite. You can take a path from the campsite through to the steps down to the beach. It’s quite steep but beautiful views await you as you clamber down to the shore.
Gwynver beach is situated next to Sennen beach and when it’s low tide you can walk from one beach to the other. Gwynver is only 150 metres long but it’s impressive and totally gorgeous. As it is hard to access due to the steep steps it wasn’t too busy and there was plenty of space for us to take a seat and watch the waves. We had a little paddle and ended up getting pretty wet as the waves started to come in. There’s nothing better than paddling in the cool Cornish sea when you’re hot and need cooling down. Even though I live in Cornwall I often feel like I’m on holiday when I stumble across these stunning beaches.
The steps back up are steep and we had to take a few breaks to ‘admire the view’ given it was so hot and therefore sweaty! As much as I loved the beach I don’t think I would rush back if I had to do that walk again! There is also a sign that tells you to beware of the adders as it’s an adder breeding ground – slightly unnerving – especially when Nathan’s walking in front of you shouting “snake” every two minutes!
We visited Porth Joke beach whilst we were camping at Porth Joke Camp Site. The campsite is a s close as you can get to the beach and is walkable on a sandy track in less than ten minutes.
The beach is a stunning cove with a lovely sandy beach. We visited as the tide was out and the sun was setting which was beautiful. It looks like a great place for a BBQ or spot of rock pooling and I’ve heard it’s quite a hidden gem and not too many tourists bother to walk the track to it which is good!
I’ve been to Porthtowan beach tonnes of times – I live 5 mins walk away I’m lucky to say. However when I have gone to seek solace at the beach or have taken visitors to see the views I have always taken the path up to the right of the cove. Whilst the views from up there are stunning, I’ve often wondered what the road to the left of Porthtowan led to but hadn’t until today decided to find out what was up there.
On the way home from Wheal Coates and with a cheap pretend magnum ice cream in hand Nathan drove us up the steep, one way road. It took us past the lovely glass hotel and up to a rewarding view point. It’s quite funny as the road takes you to the top of the cliff and then just stops. You have to do a tight U- turn to turn around and come back down the road (I found myself holding my breath hoping nothing would come the other way). We enjoyed our ice creams, took in the view then made the familiar route home. I’m glad I can leave this lovely town of Porthtowan without thinking “what is up that road?!”
UPDATE Sept 2017 – I miss this place so much! I miss being near this gorgeous beach and being able to see it from my flat. I miss the shot walk to the shore and the steep climbs up the rugged cliffs. I recently saw on the news there was some sort of landslide from rocks falling off the cliffs and it made me wonder if I would have heard it from my house or have even been aware of the commotion! I can’t imagine the beach being cornered off and not being allowed on it – that would have sucked! A walk on this beach and a moment sitting on my favourite bench watching the waves is so what I need right now!!
Marazion beach was one that could be easily ticked off the Cornwall Beach Challenge list as it’s home to St Michael’s Mount, which was on the Cornwall Bucket List – so really I was killing two birds with one stone so to speak!
It was a bit misty when we visited but as it was Bank Holiday it was very busy with hoards of people wondering over the causeway to St Micheal’s Mount. I managed to get a few snaps of the beach to show I’ve visited!. You can get great views of St Michael’s Mount on a clear day. The shot I got was taken from the car park!
After a trip to Marazion and St Micheal’s Mount. My friend Emily and I continued our Bank Holiday adventures to Praa Sands – another beach ticket off the Cornwall beach Challenge wahoooo!
Praa Sands is a popular sandy beach situated between Helston and Penzance. The beach is a mile long and has lots of nice coves for people to shelter in and enjoy watching the waves. There is a large car park (charges apply) and then steps lead you down directly to the beach and the beach cafe.
Emily and I had a walk on the beach followed by a much needed coffee (mocha in my case) in the cafe overlooking the beach.