Porthgwarra is a village with a small sandy cove just east of Porthcurno and around three miles from Sennen Cove, near the southerly tip of Cornwall’s Penwith peninsula. In Cornish Porthgwarra is known as Porth Gorwedhow, meaning ‘very wooded cove’.

Porthgwarra Beach Cave
Passageways at Porthgwarra Beach

Porthgwarra is notable for its two passageways tunneled through the rock. One tunnel was designed to make it easier for a horse and cart to reach the beach to collect seaweed, which can be used as fertilizer, while the second was used by fisherman.

Gwennap Head lookout station is a short walk from Porthgwarra.

View from passageway at Porthgwarra
View through the passageway to Porthgwarra Beach

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