One of the best ways to explore Cornwall and take in the sights is to embark on a coastal walk. Sometimes easier said than done as there are so many to chose from! I recently took the circular route from Treen to Penberth and on to Pedn Vounder and back to Treen. Starting off in the quaint village of Treen which is in the St Levan parish. Accessed via some country lanes, you will find yourself in the village which offers a large car park in the field, it was £2 to park which is payable in change, so be sure to take some with you! Treen offers a same café which will provide you with a good refreshment before or after your walk and a pub called the Logan Inn which is certainly a good stop off afterwards!
Starting in Treen, we headed alongside the car park and through the public footpath which ventures across a farm. The farm housed calves and a horse but the horse was fenced off so it was more than safe for children. The walk down towards Penberth sees you through fields, over a few stile’s and finally down through a wooded area. I tackled the walk in Birkenstock sandals, although a sandal they’re thick based and heavy duty so I would recommend either trainers or other sturdy walking footwear.
The opening into Penberth is beautiful, we weren’t sure what to expect but walking out from the wooded area and the view of the cove is fantastic. The cove is small and there’s not a lot going on but that’s its charm. There’s a row of cottages above and some fishing boats which have been winched onto the rocks. There were many people wading into the water, it looked delightful with the turquoise blue but I wasn’t prepared for a swim!
From Penberth, you head up and over the cliff top which is moorland like. You will be strolling through bracken and grass so if you’re concerned about children, perhaps worth considering ticks and other insects.
Once you’re on the level, there’s a viewing spot at Logans Rock. Logans Rock is 65 ton, naturally balanced rock about 30 metres above the sea – at one time the rock would sway or ‘log’ when pushed. Well until 1824 that is!
The absolute high point of the walk is up next, the view down across to Pedn Vounder beach. The beach itself is Cornwalls worst kept secret, it’s a cove around the bay from Porthcurno beach and once upon a time was a quiet and unknown spot to get some peace from the ever busy Porthcurno. The walk down to the beach is still quite rugged, we just enjoyed the view from the top but the advice was to go only in trainers and without anything in your hand. The beach is also an unofficial naturist beach so be careful with your camera!
The walk can stretch on to Porthcurno if you so wish, the view from Pedn Vounder with Minack theatre in the distance is breathtaking. If you’re ready for a cold drink, like we were, only a few steps behind you from Pedn Vounder view point is the access back to Treen. This walk is flat, short and well laid. You will stroll past the camp site and appear to the right of the car park. Now is the perfect time to pop in to the pub for a bite to eat!
The village of Treen is small and residential so be sure to respect this. If you come at a busy time and the car park is full, be thoughtful and don’t park along the roadsides or in the pub carpark as it’s narrow enough as it is. Pop back another time or opt to park either near Penberth or over at Porthcurno.
I hope you give this route a try, it really is beautiful! It’s a great walk for any age, children will enjoy the animals and be careful with dogs, Pedn Vounder does allow dogs however Penberth do not appreciate dogs walking or playing in the line of the fish near the stepping stones so best to keep them on a lead at this stage of the walk.
Let me know if you give this a try!