Walking from St Keverne – Porthallow – Porthoustock (4 miles)

This attractive circular walk takes in views of Falmouth Bay, dramatic cliffs and disused quarries, fishing coves and beaches, quite a varied terrain, occasionally very steep when climbing out of the coves. Setting off from St Keverne crossses through mystical woodland and open pastureland and witchy houses

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It was supposed to be ‘light rain’ but morphed into ‘heavy rain’ very quickly after Monty and I left Porthallow or Prallah as was once pronounced. Porthallow means “port at the end of the moor” it was once a flourishing fishing village in the 13th-century.

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Arriving at Polkerris was dramatic and stunning, a site to behold even in the pouring rain where there is a Diving Centre. The tide was at Low Water which permitted us to walk the tidal way to Porthoustock via the ancient disused quarries as you can see in the distance.

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Climbing out of Polkerris Cove is steep and dramatic with views of the ancient disued tramway used to transport the aggregate from Porthoustock for shipping by sea.

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Arriving at Porthoustock is a surprising monolith. Aggregates are quarried nearby and Porthoustock beach is dominated by a large concrete stone mill. The mill was once used to crush stone but is now disused.

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Ancient dwelling overlooking Porthoustock beach before our return to St Keverne via Trenoweth Mill and woods

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Porthallow

 

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2 thoughts on “Walking from St Keverne – Porthallow – Porthoustock (4 miles)

    1. Thank you James hope your Christmas was magical too. In love with Venice now! Happy New Year to you we are off to Midi Pyrenees next week for 2 months now, its all go!

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