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PORTHERAS COVE

 
 
Portheras Cove near St Just

This beach is owned by the Duchy of Cornwall. It is a lovely sandy cove located at the end of a shallow valley with sheer cliffs at the northern end.

For many years parts of the beach were out of bounds due to razor sharp fragments of an old wreck under the sand. In August 1963 the 454 ton cargo ship Alacrity, carrying anthracite from Swansea to Brussels, ran aground. In 2004 the wreck was finally cleaned up making the beach safe once again.

It is just East of Pendeen lighthouse.
Seals are a common sight off Portheras Cove.

Access
Portheras Cove is fairly remote. and can only be accessed on foot.
It is located on one of the wildest stretches of Cornish coast between Pendeen and Morvah and it isn't that easy to find.

Leave St Just and travel north on the coast road (B3306). Take a left turn just before the village of Morvah. Follow the sign for Rose Valley. Follow the road to the end and you'll come to a car park in a field.
After parking head through the farm and down the hill to the beach.

Alternatively, follow the signs to Pendeen lighthouse about 2 miles out of St Just. You can park in the car park here and walk the mile or so to the beach. Follow the B3306 north from St Just and take sign for Lower Boscaswell.

Swimming & Surfing
Now safe for swimming again.

Portheras picks up plenty of swell but also has the advantage of facing almost due north. What this means is it is cross offshore in the prevailing south-westerly wind. So, on paper, it should be fairly consistent - BUT this isn't really the case for one reason or another. It does occasionally have a quality shorebreak on a high tide and is popular with local body-boarders. It is also a very heavy wave so be warned!

Facilities
There are no facilities at the beach apart from Surf rescue equipment being provided.
There is no lifeguard cover.

Parking
Either park in the farm car park at the end of 'Rose Valley' or park in the Pendeen Watch car park.

Dog Friendly
Dogs allowed on this beach all year around.

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