Portheras

A HIDDEN COVE ON THE NORTH CORNWALL COAST NEAR ST JUDE

31 October 2015

East Head, Sussex

You can see why St Ives was so popular with artists. It's the light what done it for them, and big skies and the weather too. Just down the road from St Ives is St Just, a small town set back from the coast surrounded by magical places like Bojewyan, Woon Gumpus and Morvah. Nestled under the cliffs is Portheras Cove, a sandy beach that's definitely off the tourist track and somewhere where the locals like to go (they won't thank me for that!).

In the 1960s a ship wrecked itself on the rocks at Portheras and the beach was littered with rusty metal and debris until it was eventually cleared in 2004. It's a fine beach now and definitely worth the short walk down from the Pendeen lighthouse.

For lovers of the Cornish language (that's Kernowek) how about these names for some of the reefs and rocks around Portheras Cove. The Wra, The Enys, The Avarack and The Mozens; enough to strike the fear of God into the hardiest of Cornish sea dogs... Ah-arrghhhhhh.

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