Pendeen Watch

It was our first day in Bojewyan – a bright cornflower blue sky, cloudless and bright. Though the wind was sharp for the time of year and lazy at that as it cut straight through you. We walked the mile into Pendeen for a cooked breakfast at Heather’s café and sat outside in the minuscule courtyard, sheltered from the wind, basking in the sun and ate a full English along with a mango smoothie, followed by a flat white. It tasted good. It felt good. And it set us up for our stroll down to the coast to look for a lighthouse.

Looking back at Pendeen from the lighthouse road

It’s only about a mile, but it took us a while as we stopped every few yards to take a photograph. So much to stop and look at. Chimneys on the horizon of abandoned and disused tin mines. Drystone walls brimming with wild flowers. A ruined cottage. The sea. Interesting gates featuring roses and an engine house.


The sea in front of you, the road winds down hill, sheltered from the westerlies by high stone walls, simply crammed with wild-flowers. Foxgloves erupt everywhere in vibrant pinky-purple tones.

A first glimpse of coastguard cottages and the top of the lighthouse

Rounding the last corner brings you to the cliff-top and the sea is now on your left. A rather magnificent stone wall on your right is covered with clumps of thrift and sea campion, but if you look a bit closer you will find stonecrop and sheep’s-bit scabious and lichens.

The final stretch
Thrift covered drystone wall
A Cornish wall

On arriving at the lighthouse we were disappointed to discover that it was closed to the public. But no matter, it had been a lovely walk and although I would have liked to have continued to Portheras Cove still some way further along the coastal path, the lack of amenities made me turn round. OH of course stayed well away from the cliff-edge and found a comfortable bench on which to sit and admire the scenery.

I wandered a little way down the coastal path to try to catch a glimpse of the sandy cove and was happy to find a Whitethroat which perched long enough on the gorse bush for me to grab a quick shot. His sweet song filled the air. A pied wagtail led me back up the hill to the lighthouse.

Coastal Path to Portheras Cove

If you don’t want to walk all the way from Pendeen there is a car park at the lighthouse and also a smaller one a little further down the track if you want to walk down to Portheras Cove. There are no amenities at either place, no café, no W.C. and you will need to clamber over rocks to reach the sandy beach visible at low tide.

If you enjoy a walk, long or short, then have a look at Jo’s site where you are welcome to join in.

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I have lived in the UK for most of my life, but when young I definitely had wanderlust and even ended up living in South Africa for several years which was a wonderful experience. I now look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

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  1. We used to visit here years ago and sit with our backs to the lighthouse wall watching seabirds on autumn passage! The walk down is great there used to be a field with goats one of whom used to wear a pink gingham hat to stop sunburn! Always looked out for him! Thanks for the reminder of Pendeen

    1. My posts must be bringing back so many memories Anne. Pendeen is a lovely area, remote, and enjoyable because of that reason.

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