An Odd Sort Of Cove


Should you choose to take the left fork at the crossroads the path loops round to the right and offers a couple of opportunities to get down into Porthminster Cove. You can either walk across the arched bridge or keep going along the road until you come to a wooden gate which appears thusly:-

Path to Porthminster Point, St. Ives, Cornwall 1 Ignore the slightly confusing signs. You can go in. Almost immediately you go back under the railway line and then on the other side you will find several ways of getting down to the cove. Path to Porthminster Point, St. Ives, Cornwall 2

As you can see the cove is quite picturesque in a rocky sort of way and if you are the sort of person who likes creeping up on wildlife there are often quite a few birds you can pull.

Coves at Porthminster Point, St. Ives, Cornwall 1

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IMPORTANT NOTICE

As you can see below, Carbis Bay looks quite close and it is very tempting to try to walk over the rocks to get there rather than going back up to the main path.

You can get there over the rocks BUT you have to pretty agile, determined and going at low tide. The Lifeboat Crew are getting fed up with fishing people off the rocks who have got themselves stuck. My advice is ..... don't do it.

Coves at Porthminster Point, St. Ives, Cornwall 5

One of the more unusual features of the coastline around here which often surprises the uninitiated is that it can be positively psychedelic at times. Ignoring the odd bit of real man-made rubbish this is not, as some people mistakenly believe, evidence of pollution or drug-crazed graffiti artists but is in fact caused by the natural minerals (which is why the county is full of old tin and copper mines) being flushed out by the action of water passing through the rock formations.

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Pretty, isn't it? Pass me my sitar and bong I feel the need to get blissed out!

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