Sunday 10 September 2023

Pentewan, Beach, Harbour, Village and Sea

A sunshine day, too good to waste indoors, so we decided on a shortish walk along part of the Pentewan Trail which, as the name suggests, leads to Pentewan Village and the landlocked harbour. The photo above is how the harbour looks today. To get on the Pentewan Trail there's a pull-in, for a few cars on the St. Austell to Mevagissey road. 

We parked our car, crossed the small bridge, as above, and followed the St. Austell River often known locally as the White River.

We passed a colourful sign post.

A bridge is for walkers wanting to visit Mevagissey or Heligan Gardens. Pentewan is straight on.

We continued to follow the river.

We soon reached a left turn to take us to Pentewan. The path is shaded by trees.

Luckily all was quiet. Have to be little careful though as bicycles are allowed on the path.

We reached Pentewan Village and the sun
was still shining.

All was quiet.

Where had everyone gone?

It looked as if everyone was at The Ship Inn pub!

The pub is around 250 years old.

We thought it would be rude to pass by without having a beer - a Cornish beer, of course! So we  sat in the pub garden with a Korev lager.

Many years ago, as mentioned below, a small train delivered china clay to the harbour for export.

Next is how a section the harbour looks today - generally very peaceful. The original harbour was built by Christopher Hawkins in 1826.

And this how the harbour would have looked in the late 1800's with tall ships on view.

Today, this is where the boats would have been. It is now full of sand

There's also a longish beach backed by the Pentewan Holiday Park. 

Bits and pieces linger from when the harbour was in working order.

A lookout looking down from the cliffs.

We lingered for quite a while on the beach, before making our way back to our car.

All in all a pleasant easy walk. Thanks very much for visiting my blog. Good wishes ~Mike.


  1. Pentewan looks a very attractive place, I liked the old photo with the masted ships in the harbour and the blue painted house. Take care Mike.

    1. Thanks David. Very few people sit by the old harbour they seem to prefer to head for the beach. It must have been quite a sight when the tall sailing ships were used in the 1800s. Good wishes.

  2. Looks like thirsty work all that walking.
    I'm almost tempted to fly to the other side of the world to try a Cornish beer, or two Mike.

    1. Hello Darren, yes it can be thirsty 'work' when out walking! Hope you are doing okay. Take care.

  3. Good to see you did the right & proper thing is stopping for a cold beer at the pub. Lovely looking walk Mike :)

    1. Thanks Lulu, the cold beer went down a treat! Good wishes.




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