August 19, 2013

Chapel Porth

Chapel Porth is reached by a series of winding country roads, and a frankly terrifying final steep descent. It is a quiet little gem of a beach, far away from the crowds. This is a place to listen to the sea, watch the waves crash against the shore, and while away the hours.

Year after year we have returned. Here we have consumed countless flasks of coffee, sitting for hours reading and dozing in the safety of the car, as the Cornish weather inevitably turns.

This year we explored the surrounding coastal path, walking high up the cliff, through the swathes of gorse and heather. From the peak you can see the former tin mine Wheal Coates, and the largest expanse of ocean.

Back at the beach, Chapel Porth cafe serves up sandwiches and snacks to hungry surfers. Though we know to sidestep these and instead order the 'Hedgehog', a cone of cornish ice cream rolled in clotted cream and topped with hazelnuts.

More from my Cornwall Series:

Godrevy beach
Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens
Padstow vintage rally
Chapel Porth
Kestle Barton and Helford river
Kynance Cove
Sunset: St Ives
Trevone beach


  1. Ahhh the Hedgehog ice cream :-) A speciality of Chapel Porth, I love it!


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