Commonly referred to as simply 'Nanven' or 'the dinosaur egg beach', Porth Nanven lies just over half a mile south of Cape Cornwall, near St. Just in West Cornwall.
The cove lies at the western end of the picturesque Cot Valley and is actually two small, west-facing beaches largely rocky but with some golden sand uncovered at low tide.
Historians may find the 'chambered cairn' of Ballowal Barrow worth researching further, whilst geologists may find the 'raised beach' and the rounded smooth granite boulders of interest.
The former mine at Wheal Bellan worked several veins on the north slope of the Lower Cot Valley and the adjoining cliff, its sett included the area between Bosorne Mine and St Just Amalgamated Mine. The main shafts were Badger's shaft, of which a chimney and several dumps remain, and Bellan shaft, a little further southeast.
There are good walks along the coast here north to Cape Cornwall, Kenidjack and the mines around Botallack, or south over Gribba Point to Polpry Cove, Maen Dower, and ultimately Sennen Cove and Land's End.
A favourite with locals, it may be overlooked by the casual tourist... its secluded nature means it is seldom busy.
There is a very small car park just above the cove, but it is better to park at Bosorne car park in St. Just and walk down. All facilities are to be found at St. Just.
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OS Explorer Map 102: Land's End
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Stay at a nearby Holiday Park and keep the kids amused all day! Parks in the vicinity include those at:
Plenty of hotels are available locally. Consider those in the local towns:
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