Porthcurno to Penberth via Logan Rock
Only Porthcurno Beach itself is manned by lifeguards in Season. Porthcurno has a large car park behind it, making it very popular with families. There are numerous rewarding Cornish Coastal Walks in the area. East to Penberth Cove, or West to Gwennap Head or Lands End for the keen walker.In early summer maybe a basking shark gliding silently in the crystal clear waters below the Headland. More likely to see gannets diving for shoaling mackerel.
Logan Rock, Treen Weighing over 60 tonnes 200 years ago Logan Rock was to be the most famous Rocking Stone in Cornwall, where only the slightest push by hand would cause it to rock from side to side. However in 1824 a Lieutenant Goldsmith from the Royal Navy, and 8 of his men, levered it out of position.
However the Admiralty ordered Goldsmith to replace it at his own expense- bankrupting him in the process. This he achieved using 50 men and an ingenious system of ropes, pulley blocks and lifting derricks. There are contemporary drawings showing the operation on display in the Inn of the same name. But sadly Logan Rock no longer rocks.
Porthcurno Underground Telegraph Museum
On the way to the Minack Theatre. The first underground cables were laid on Porthcurno Beach in 1870. Undersea cables froma round the World land on this now justifiably popular tourist West Cornwall Beach a real suntrap. Sometimes after Winter Storms the now redundant cables are exposed, where they run up the beach to the right of the Lifeguards Hut. The Museum Submarine Telegraphy houses a fascinating and unique display of telegraphy exhibits.
No visit to Porthcurno is complete without going to the Minack Open Air Theatre. Perched high on the Cliffs , with the stunning blue sea of the Atlantic Ocean, and the wonderful coastal vista of Porthcurno Bay with Logan Rock as a backdrop .
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