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Penberth Cove


OS grid ref:- SW4022

Penberth CoveSituated around three and a half miles miles southeast of Sennen Cove the small and picturesque fishing cove of Penberth lies on the south coast of Cornwall's Land`s End peninsula. The name derives from the Cornish for 'bushy headland'.

The atmospheric cove has a pebble beach and is safe for swimming, although the small and unspoilt hamlet has few facilities and consists of only of a few stone fishermen's cottages, and a fish cellar.

In the early nineteenth century a thriving pilchard industry existed in the cove, with a fleet of small boats. An electric winch now pulls the fashing boats up the Cornish granite slipway rather than the former horse drawn windlass, one of the few concessions to the twentieth century. The remains of the old 'huer's hut' still stands solitary on the gorse clad cliffs above.

The cove lies at the end of a lush, wooded valley and was acquired by the National Trust in 1957 and is described by them as 'perhaps the most perfect fishing cove in Cornwall'.

Directions

Take the St Buryan turning from the A30 Land's End road. Continue towards Porthcurno and take the Penberth turning on the left. The Cove is at the bottom of the hill but there is a car park part way down.