Priest’s Cove

Area

To the west of Cape Cornwall is Priest’s Cove, a small fishing cove engulfed by the menacing cliffs of the Cape. The cove and its surrounding area (from Aire Point to Carrick Du) is considered a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). Off the radar for most tourist trails, Priest’s cove is a great addition to any day out in west Cornwall. Interestingly, the name is taken from the Cornish Porth Just (Por’ Eust), which translates to the port/cove of St Just. When Ordnance Survey mapped this remote area for the first time they mistakenly named it “Priest’s”. A small lido has been carved out of the rocks is perfect for paddling in when the tide is out. When the tide is full, Priests Cove offers up fantastic snorkelling opportunities when the sea is calm. A few working boats operate out of the cove and can often be seen drawn up the long concrete slipway that dissects the cove. Fantastic open grassy spaces lie above it, perfect for an evening picnic whilst watching the sun go down over the Atlantic. Towering above the cove to the North is Cape Cornwall, or if you’re Cornish, “Kilgoodh Ust” – the goose back of St Just (reference to the shape of the headland). The Cape was originally thought to be the most westerly point in Cornwall until the Ordnance Survey began mapping the area 200 years ago. At the summit of the Cape is a chimney, a reminder of the Cape Cornwall mining operations that were carried out during the 19th century. It has been left erected to aid with maritime navigation.

Directions

Drive to Cape Cornwall and park in the designated Nation Trust car park, then take the footpath down the slipway and onto the beach.

Sat Nav Postcode: TR19 7NN