Porthcurno is one of Cornwall’s best beaches, with turquoise waters, sandy beach and regular summer sightings of basking sharks. Treen and Porth Chapel also fully embrace the Cornish beauty found in West Cornwall, so this walk really showcases some of the best sights in Cornwall.
Distance – 4 miles
Time – 3 hour
Difficulty – Moderate
Facilities – Toilets, pub and shop at Treen, toilets and refreshments in Porthcurno
Parking – Car park in Treen
Where you go
Follow the A30 to Land’s End, and take the signs for St. Buryan. After St. Buryan turn left towards Treen and after the pub park in the large carpark.
Walk back through Treen towards the main road and turn right, then right again signposted for Penberth. Follow the tarmac road toward the fishing cove, cross the stream in front of the sea. Climb the coast path next to the grey winch house, at the top you can see Logan Rock to your left.
Follow on crossing over a small stream, if you want to visit Logan Rock turn left at the junction, otherwise turn right and then keep left as the path forks. Take another left hand fork to follow the coastpath and take in wonderful views of Porthcurno Beach and The Minack Theatre ahead.
Follow the coast path signs passing in between two concrete bunkers, cross a stone stile near the National trust sign and follow the path in the direction of the large cable warning sign.
Head right towards Porthcurno Beach and make your way on to the sand, at the far right corner of the beach you will see some steep steps heading up towards The Minack. Alternatively don’t descend down on to the beach and just follow the path that leads behind the beach and joins up with the steps.
The path leads behind The Minack and through the car park, you will then come across a kissing gate. The coast path follows the bottom of the fields towards Pedn-men-an-mere headland and past Porth Chapel beach.
Cross over a wooden footbridge and head away from the beach towards St. Levan. Just after the well, leave the coast path and follow straight ahead along a narrow track. Pass the church then cross the field climbing over the stone steps and carrying on along the path between fields. Head for the farm buildings in front of you.
Go through a metal kissing gate next to a wooden gate then bear left across the car park to another kissing gate. After the gate turn right and follow the track along the edge of the field and down the hill.
When you reach the road turn right, cross the road and pass through the gap in the wall. Head down the tarmac path and turn left uphill going through a gate. Next cross a stone stile and across the field towards the farm buildings, passing through a second and third field.
Head diagonally towards the telegraph pole to the right of the farm buildings, and climb over the stone stile. Follow the path to the right of the farm, through a metal gate on your right, then cross a stone stile before turning left.
At the top left hand corner of the field climb the stone stile and again through the next half dozen or so fields and stiles. This brings you out onto a lane, which if you follow will take you to the road, where you turn right to your car.
View the route below: