Porth Nanven Cove

Dog-friendly beachParkingDesignated Area of Outstanding Natural BeautyOff the beaten track

Porth Nanven Cove is situated at the end of the Cot Valley in the far west of Cornwall, near the town of St Just. Two small, west-facing beaches sit in the cove, which lies approximately 5 miles due north of Lands End. Both beaches are predominantly rocky, with some sand revealed at low tides.


Porth Nanven Cove

The most frequent visitors to the beaches are bird watchers and walkers. The South West Coast Path runs through the cove. To the north, Cape Cornwall is less than a mile along the path, passing the Cape Cornwall Golf and Country Club en route. There are splendid sea views to be enjoyed along the walks.

St Just holiday cottages provide self catering holiday accommodation near Porth Nanven. Holiday cottages in Lands End (6 miles from Porth Nanven by road), Penzance (8½ miles) and St Ives (15 miles) offer further self catering accommodation options.

The large, smooth boulders which populate the beaches of Porth Nanven Cove have lead to its being referred to by some as ‘Dinosaur Egg Beach’.

A small car park, on the cliffs above the cove, sits on the site of the defunct Bellan Mine. Evidence of Cornwall’s industrial, mining heritage is doted around the area and visitors should take care in avoiding hidden shafts. There are no facilities and no lifeguard service at Porth Nanven. Dogs are permitted all year.


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