Cot Valley Beach

Area

Cot valley is a beautiful valley dissected by a narrow stream running northwest to the coast between Land’s End and Cape Cornwall. At the bottom of the sub-tropical valley you will find Cot Valley Beach (also known as Porth Nanven Cove). The area has become a famous bird watching spot and incredibly rare sightings have been made here including a yellow-billed Cuckoo native to America. Cornish choughs have been spotted frequently in the valley, as well as an array of other vagrant and migratory birds. The cove is generally made up of boulders so it’s not ideal if you are hunting for golden sands, but a small sandy beach does appear on a low tide. Progo beach, a smaller inlet to the south, can be reached by meandering through boulders on the beach at low tide. Its characteristic large smooth boulders have lead some people to nick name the beach ‘Dinosaur Egg Beach’. About one nautical mile offshore sit the Brisons; a twin-peaked islet that is often said resembles Charles De Gaulle lying on his back! They are at the epicentre of the annual Brisons swimming race that starts at Cape Cornwall and round the rocks. Due to extreme tidal currents rushing around Cape Cornwall this big swim is not for the faint-hearted! Land’s End Youth Hostel is located at the top of the valley offering cheap accommodation, beautiful gardens and fine views across the sea.

Directions

From St. Just, pass the school and take a left hand turn down onto a narrow road signed Cot Valley. You will find a small car park and from that a small path leading down the valley to the coast.

Sat Nav Postcode: TR19 7NT