Route Highlight

Porthcurno / Minack

On a sunny day Porthcurno beach seems Mediterranean, its white sand sheltered by high cliffs facing a turquoise sea.

An interesting museum on the opposite cliff shows Porthcurno’s other unlikely claim to fame: historic cables buried under the beach carry a major chunk of the UK’s global telecommunications.

Carved into the cliffs above is the eccentric open-air Minack Theatre. It’s worth a visit even if there isn’t a performance. If you do get manage to get tickets for something, remember to bring a cushion to soften seats that are quite literally rock hard.

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