Penberth Cove - Sennen Birdwatching
Birdwatching at Penberth Cove, Cornwall.
|Penberth Valley runs southeast
across the southern half of the Land`s End peninsula, culminating in the
beautiful Penberth Cove.
Penberth is a heavily wooded valley with some
cultivated meadows and a stream running to the sea. The stream is bordered in
places by extensive bamboo clumps.
Bird habitat is widespread in this sub-tropical valley - indeed
probably the biggest problem is to cover even a small percentage of the
The footpath from the telephone box at the
thatched cottage leads through trees to a lovely semi-covered path which joins
the cliff path on the eastern point of the cove (Jonick). Pallas`s and
Yellow-browed Warblers have been found recently along this path - where tits
and crests are plentiful in autumn ; further along the cliff path Stonechat and
Linnet are common ....and Ravens patrol the sheer granite
Another path leads from the car-parking
area southwest up a lane to the Old Coastguard Cottages, then southeast through
Cove Farm to the cove. A Hoopoe was present along this track a couple of years
ago ; and the potential here must be huge.
Cove itself still supports a breeding colony of Swallows - mostly in the `Big
Cellar` , along with a few Grey Wagtails, Rock Pipits etc. The fishing fleet
provides for a healthy population of Herring Gulls - with plenty of Fulmars
offshore , some breeding at Chough Zawn , near the Logan Rock.
gardens on the east side of the valley are private ; most of the remainder of
the valley and cliffland is owned by the National Trust.
Car Parking is
limited , with space for a dozen cars at the end of the public road - please
observe the request for residents only to park at the cove itself.
have a spare day - or even a couple of hours - Penberth is a lovely peaceful ,
tranquil spot for birdwatching and generally enjoying `A little bit of Heaven
Farm , Penberth Cove
90 Minute video "Cove Fishing" from
Penberth Cove - more
:- lat/long 50`02.8"N , 5`37.9"W....NGR - SW403-227
very few facilities at Penberth - just public toilets ; and a public telephone
part way up the road.
Dogs not allowed in the slipway and fish landing areas.
To reach Penberth from Sennen
Cove, take the A30 towards Land`s End, bearing left after Sea View Camp Site ,
following the B3315 for Porthcurno. Do not turn right for Porthcurno, keep on
for another mile ; just after the right hand turn to Treen (Logan Rock) turn
right to Penberth Cove.
From Penzance , turn left onto the B3283 (3
miles) for St.Buryan ; continue through St.Buryan and two miles further on ,
come to a sharp lefthand bend and hairpin bend overlooking Penberth Valley .
Follow road until ¾ way up the opposite side of the valley and take
hidden left-hand turn to Penberth Cove.