Cornish Coast- from St Anthony Head, The Roseland to Mevagissey

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The South Cornish Coast from the Roseland Peninsula to Mevagissey. Unspoilt fishing villages to off the beaten track South Cornish Coast Beaches and some of the best coastal views Cornwall has to offer.

anthony-headSt Anthony Head. Heading north east off St Anthony Head along the Cornwall Coast Part one passes two delightful beaches- Porthbeor and Towan before reaching portscathoPortscatho. Nestling in a sheltered corner of Gerrans Bay is Portscatho- like so many communities once dependent upon the pilchard, and although still a working harbour now more reliant on tourism. The Plume of Feathers pub makes a superb place to stop for a break and a meal after a walk exploring the Coast. A short walk northwards from the village centre is Porthcurnick Beach.

carneCarne and Pendower. At low water spring tides separated only by name is this 1.5km long stretch of silver grey sand. Reachable from either Veryan or off the A3048 St Mawes Road.

portloePortloe east-porthollandPortholland cornwall-coast Beyond Nare head, the first settlement one comes to is Portloe. An ancient harbour with the narrowest of entrances. Once supporting both drifters and a pilchard fishery. Today relatively unspoilt - though now many of the old fishermen's cottages are in the hands of second holiday home owners and or summer lets. Lobster and crab pots still lie piled high on the old slipway. Both the 17th century Lugger Hotel, so stylish and chic, overlooking the harbour and up the hill the Ship Inn, full of character and nautical bric-a-brac, are delightful places to enjoy a meal.
Beyond which are East and West Portholland, notice the double doors on many of the houses- offering some protection from the driving south westerly storms that sometimes hammer in during the winter?.

Best Beach in Cornwall?

porthluneyPorthluney (Caerhays) Beyond Nare Head and nestling deep in the shelter of Veryan Bay is Porthluney - the best beach in Cornwall?. Continuing along the Cornish Coast is Hemmick. A very pleasant circular walk is from the Car Park at Penare, over to Dodman Point, admiring the remains of defensive Iron Age ramparts, Bronze-Age barrows, and medieval strip fields as you go. Stop and take in the fine views- on a clear day as far as the Lizard to the south, and Rame Head to the east. Retrace your steps off the Dodman, hence west along the Coast Path down to Hemmick, or east towards Gorran Haven. In spring the cliffs are a blaze of thrift and campion.

vaultVault Beyond the great bulk of the Dodman it is only a mile or so to reach Gorran Haven, walking along the grassy slopes above Vault Beach. The views southwards back to the Dodman are beautiful, as they are along many stretches of this unspoilt coast.

gorran-haven mevagissey. Gorran Haven. Once yet another former pilchard settlement, dating from Medieval times, the old pilchard cellars (actually palace) still stands to this day. The village with its narrow streets and stone and slate roofed buildings has lost none of its olde worlde charm. Superb views across the bay from the Cornish Coast Path. To the north of Gorran Haven lies Great Perhaver Beach, yet another sun-trap, passing through Port Mellon one reaches Mevagissey


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