Porthgwarra (TR19 6JR)
Between the Minack Theatre and Lands End there is a sign on a tight bend for Porthgwarra. A narrow (even by Cornish standards) lane winds past a farm and down into a steep valley at the bottom nestles a few cottages, a car park, a terrific café and the most stunning little cove with a steep, cobbled slipway leading to a sandy beach. A real hidden gem, unknown by most until it featured as a location in the recent “Poldark” series (where Demelza spies on Ross skinny-dipping!). We take great delight in telling visitors the tales of smugglers and wreckers using the tunnel to access the beach under the cover of darkness – in fact it was dug by miners from nearby St Just to allow farmers to easily collect seaweed for use as fertiliser but don’t let the truth get in the way of a great story!