Thursday 6 February 2020

Walking From Porthpean Beach to Duporth and Charlestown, Cornwall - Part 1

Porthpean Road, Cornwall

What a lovely surprise, a blue sky day so we headed for Porthpean Beach, which is about two or three miles from St. Austell and is part of St. Austell Bay.

Porthpean beach and cliffs, Cornwall

Porthpean Beach is simply a stretch of sand backed by cliffs, as can be seen in the first photo above. It's not one of the hot spots for tourists but is somewhere that the locals visit. 

The name Porthpean is from the Cornish language words 'porth' meaning cove and 'pean' meaning little or small.

I always like to look at cliffs, I find them fascinating.

Cliff rocks at Porthpean, Cornwall

Some of the Porthpean cliffs are topped with trees.

Ckiffs on the cliffs at Porthpean, Cornwall

There are a couple of sets of steps for anyone (like me) who wants to get to the top of the cliffs. The steps also lead to the coastal path.

Steps to top of cliffs at Portpean, Cornwall

Looking down from the steps, half way. Not many people on the beach today!

Porthpean Beach, looking down from cliffs

A view from the top of the cliffs looking down on Porthpean beach.

View from cliffs at Porthpean, Cornwall

At the top of the cliffs is an old look-out used during World War 2.

Old look out at top of Poerthpean Cliffs, Cornwall

From the look-out the surrounding countryside can be seen. Lots of green grass from all of the recent rain.

Countryside looking from Porthpean cliff top.

I reached the coastal path which heads towards Duporth Beach and Charlestown. 

This is the wonderful thing about Cornwall there is a coastal path all the way round the county and beyond. The path isn't always as neat, tidy and flat, as shown in my photo below, but is walkable as long as you don't mind ups and downs.

Cornish Coastal Footpath at Porthpean

I'll continue on in my next post with more photos: of Duporth Beach, Porthpean, Charlestown etc. See:
Walking From Porthpean Beach to Duporth and Charlestown, Cornwall - Part 2 

Map showing Porthpean, Duporth, Charlestown etc.


  1. Thanks Trish, pleasant this time of year (if the weather is okay!) before the visitors and holidaymakers arrive.

  2. Thank You Mike for a so pleasant walking. Wonderful place. Love your posts very much. Always best wishes to You and Your wife.

    1. Thank you for your kind words, all good wishes.

  3. Great idea to include the map! The cliffs, rocks, vegetation are all beautiful in their own rights. I enjoy your walks and photos, particularly when you show what’s down below, what’s ahead and the bits of history along the way. For some reason a website pops up on my computer, Cornwall Live. The other day there was some sort of incident involving police in the same area as your blog post that day. An interesting coincidence! I hope you were behavingšŸ˜Š!

  4. Hello Ann. Not sure why the Cornwall Live website should pop up. I have been good - honest!
    I love walking parts of the coastal path and seeing some of the small coves and beaches. A few days ago we walked to another tucked away beach and were the only people there. Very pleasant, just picking up shells and pebbles and watching the waves.




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