porthtowan cliff top

We headed up to Porthtowan on a rare sunny day last week for a blast on the cliffs. It’s like nothing else in this world – the might of nature in the crashing waves and the towering cliffs puts most things into perspective.

If you park on Forthvean Road, just opposite the third right up from Chapel Hill, there’s a long path that heads right down to the cliffs, which is banked by Cornish hedges studded with hot pink campion and a breeze thick with the song of the skylark.

When you meet the coastal path the jagged cliffs give way to the crystal azure blue of the sea. Sandy coves huddle in tight to the land, accessible only at low tide or via skinny little paths more suited for mountain goats. And ribbons of pink sea thrift thread along stone hedges and rock faces.

Head east on the coast path and you’ll very soon catch a glimpse of Porthtowan and the stretch of coast up to St. Agnes, or west towards Portreath. And if you’re feeling peckish but want to avoid the crowds at Porthtowan, head to Veg Out a great little cafe set up at The Bike Barn, Tram Rd, Portreath.

Footpath to the coastal path, Porthtowan


South West coast path, Porthtowan

Cornish coastline

Capped mine shaft, Porthtowan headland

Sea thrift, Cornwall

South West coastal path to Porthtowan


Porthtowan coastline, Cornwall


Veg Out Cafe, Nr Portreath Cornwall


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