At the bottom of the hill, near to the Porthcurno relay hut, turn right onto the track and return to the car park.

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Seasonal dog ban. Easter day to 1st October

Popular family beach with lots of soft sand. Steeply shelving beach attracts more experienced swimmers. The stream at the top of the beach is ideal for children paddling. All facilities available. Close to Minack Theatre and Telegraphy Museum.

Below Porthcurno beach lies a vital component of Britain's communication link with the rest of the world. In the 1800s, it became internationally famous as the British landing point for early submarine telegraph cables, the first of which was laid in 1870 as part of an early international link stretching from the UK to India. Fiber optic communication cables linking into an international submarine network still land at this point.

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It is centred 6.6 miles (10.6 km) west of the railway, market and resort town of Penzance and 2.5 miles (4.0 km) from Land's End, the most westerly point of the English mainland. Road access is via the north end of the valley along a long cul-de-sac with short branches off the B3283 and land traditionally associated with the village, including its beach, is on the South West Coast Path.[1]

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Enjoy a spectacular walk along the South West Coast Path and get a sense of just how great a mining industry this area once was.

Get to the bottom of the hit-and-miss path to Porthcurno, and you’ll feel as though you’ve stumbled into the Mediterranean - steeply shelving powder-fine sand, an almost luminous blue sea and cliffs sheltering you from the sea breezes.

The route is marked as two hours from Land's End or about four hours walk from Penzance for the most agile cliff-side path walkers.[3]

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Just to the north of the peninsula is evidence of an Iron Age cliff fort called Treryn Dinas, a scheduled monument comprising about five ramparts, ditches and some evidence of round dwelling huts.[3][24][36][37][38] There is a small rocky island off the Logan Rock peninsula called Horrace and another smaller granite island called Great Goular which is only visible at low tide.[3]

A low-frequency bus service links Penzance, Lands End and nearby villages and hamlets including Newlyn, Paul, Sheffield, Lamorna, St Buryan, Treen, Trethewey, Polgigga and Sennen.

Baby friendly holiday cottages provide the following additional items: Cot, High chair, Stair-gate, Baby bath, Bath mat, Changing mat and Socket Covers.

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Porthcurno (Cornish: Porthkornow (lit: Port (or Bay) of Cornwall) is a small village covering a small valley and beach on the south coast of Cornwall, England in the United Kingdom. It is the main settlement in a civil and an ecclesiastical parish, both named St Levan, which comprise Porthcurno, diminutive St Levan itself, Trethewey and Treen.

Look out for Second World War defence pill boxes too. Grade of walk: Trainer (all rounder); Type of walk: 'Beautiful Views', 'Historical Footsteps', 'Flora and Fauna'.

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Follow A30 from Penzance signposted to Land's End. At Catchall turn left onto B3283, through St Buryan then left again, clearly signposted to Porthcurno.

Take Porthcurno turning off south coast road between Penzance and Land's End.


Porthcurno is largely not farms or fisherman's cottages today, having its linear centre inland, centred 6.6 miles (10.6 km) west of the railway, market and resort town of Penzance and 2.5 miles (4.0 km) from Land's End, the most westerly point of the English mainland. In the most local-level organisational and community bodies, it is in civil and ecclesiastical parishes named Saint Levan and usually spelt as St Leven since the 18th century.[1][4]

The 12th and 15th-century church of St Levan is between St Levan proper and Porthcurno, towards the end of the cul-de-sac main village road. It has medieval foundations and is adjoined by a graveyard which has two of the parish's six stone crosses and a small car park. It sits close to the coast path, lightly wooded slopes and adjoins pasture meadows. The largely unadulterated exterior has featured in the BBC drama Doctor Who.

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Many of the houses built for the former Engineering College have been converted to holiday flats making the population very seasonally dependent. Today the major industry in the area is tourism.


Much of the beach and surrounding shores previously owned by Cable and Wireless was donated to the National Trust in 1993.[28]

We've got 45 holiday cottages within 5 miles of Porthcurno Beach. You can refine your search using the controls on the left.

Turn left at the waymark, signed to Penberth, and follow the path up the hill.

Explore our new ‘Valley Tales & Trails’ temporary exhibition, and find out how Porthcurno’s role in shaping modern communication affected…

The British philosopher Bertrand Russell, his wife Dora and their children John and Kate spent the summer months from 1922 to 1927 in Porthcurno.[53]

There are many rewarding walks along the cliffs and coastal path from Porthcurno, westwards towards Porthgwarra and Land's End ; eastwards to Logan Rock and Mousehole . Beyond the headland is Penberth Cove , an unspoilt fishing cove belonging to the National Trust. Open boats can be seen on a granite slipway in front of the old horse drawn windlass.

This walk has some uneven surfaces and passes close to cliff edges in some places, so take care.

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The name Porthcurno evolved from the earlier Cornish spelling 'Porth Kernow' or 'Porth Curnow'.[40] In the Cornish language 'Porth-Curnow' meant 'Port (or Bay) of Cornwall'.[26][41] Some evidence of early commercial port activity exists in the remains of man-made stone tracks for horse-drawn vehicles which may have provided access to the beach, visible on one of the footpaths near the south side of the car park ascending the east side of the valley.

From the car park at Porthcurno, head seaward down the footpath to a junction with a granite signpost.

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