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Rocky, grass-topped cliffs drop down to the golden sandy beach at Porthcurno Cove, Cornwall, with rocky cliffs stretching away into the distance
The beach at Porthcurno Cove, Cornwall | © National Trust Images/Hugh Mothersole
Cornwall

Porthcurno circular walk

Savour expansive sea views, Second World War defences and landmarks from the UK's communications history on this gentle circular walk along the Cornish coast.

Total steps: 5

Total steps: 5

Start point

Porthcurno car park, Cornwall TR19 6JX. Grid ref: SW384225.

Step 1

From the car park at Porthcurno, head seaward down the footpath to a junction with a granite signpost.

Step 2

Turn left at the waymark, signed to Penberth, and follow the path up the hill.

Step 3

At the granite stile, turn right towards the coast.

A whitewashed, stone-built pyramid on the cliffs at Porthcurno, Cornwall, which marks the location of the submarine communcations cable
This pyramid marks the location of the submarine cable, at Porthcurno, Cornwall | © National Trust Images/Sue Brackenbury

Step 4

When you get to the pill box, turn right inland and stop to take in the views of the world-famous Minack open-air theatre built into the opposite cliff.

Step 5

At the bottom of the hill, near to the Porthcurno relay hut, turn right onto the track and return to the car park.

End point

Porthcurno car park, Cornwall TR19 6JX. Grid ref: SW384225

Trail map

Map route for Porthcurno walk
Map route for Porthcurno walk | © Crown copyright and database rights 2013 Ordnance Survey

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