Walk - Porthgwarra and Porthcurno
2.3 miles (3.7 km)
Porthgwarra - TR19 6JR Porthcurno - TR19 6JX
Moderate - After a modest climb out of Porthgwarra (with some scrambling between granite boulders) there is a fairly level walk over the clifftops as far as Porth Chapel. You then cross the valley before resuming along the clifftop as far as the Minack Theatre. Finally a steep climb takes you down to the idyllic beach at Porthcurno.
A short, but in places rugged walk, from the tiny fishing cove of Porthgwarra to Porthcurno, one of the most spectacular beaches in Cornwall. It is a popular area with birdwatchers looking for rare migrants among the many spring arrivals. Watch out for scoters and divers among the gannets and fulmars on the rocks, and maybe even a red kite or a honey buzzard hunting overhead. In the autumn it's a terrific place for migrant butterflies and moths, and sometimes thousands of day-flying silver-Y moths can be seen drinking nectar in the heather before their long journey south.
What to see:
The summer season at The Minack Theatre at Porthcurno runs from May to September. Visit during the day to explore this world famous open-air theatre created from a cliffside by Rowena Cade.