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A coast of contrasts, towering cliffs, lush valley slopes and sun-kissed beaches

The south coast of Penwith vividly expresses the changes in man’s use of the land over time. From towering cliffs keeping watch over the western approaches, to gentle, lush valley slopes, and sun kissed beaches – all is here.

The old Cornish names of the Iron Age cliff castles at Maen and Treryn Dynas, are testimony of an ancient people that once lived here. The valleys further east offer protection from the fierce Atlantic gales. Here small coves once enjoyed a thriving fishing industry, and later the lush valleys were worked to produce flowers for the London flower market.

From the mid 18th century, Porthcurno was the centre of the worldwide submarine telegraph system. Now, 'information-soaked' fibreglass cables lie under the white pristine beach where unsuspecting holiday makers enjoy the tumbling surf of aquamarine seas.

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A few miles down from Sennen lies Porthcurno, a secluded sandy beach surrounded by cliffs with the unique open-air Minack Theatre nearby. Soak up the glorious views on this gentle 1 mile (1.6km) walk.

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