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Birdwatching at Penberth Cove, Cornwall.

Penberth Cove

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.

Penberth Stream Penberth Nook Path
Bird habitat is widespread in this sub-tropical valley - indeed probably the biggest problem is to cover even a small percentage of the area.

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 cliffs.

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.

The 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.

The 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.

Cove Farm If you 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 on Earth".
Cove Farm , Penberth Cove  

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Penberth Cove :- lat/long 50`02.8"N , 5`37.9"W....NGR - SW403-227

There are 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.

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