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Birdwatching at Porthgwarra , Cornwall

Porthgwarra Valley Porthgwarra enjoys a reputation as one of the UK`s leading mainland birdwatching sites. Over the years the valley has produced many rarities, along with the superb seawatching record at the adjacent Gwennap Head.
Porthgwarra is therefore very well watched , which naturally perpetuates its reputation.

Car Park Moors
The car park at the bottom of the valley is bordered by trees and bushes - this area stretches some way up the valley and regularly produces rarites - Yellow-browed and Dusky Warbler - and Red-eyed Vireo - being just a few of the recent species.

The upper (northwestern) part of the valley is bordered by heather moorland which itself borders the cliff. Holding breeding Skylarks in summer, this typical rugged Cornish clifftop habitat is home to Stonechat and Linnet, whilst hosting Wheatear and the occasional autumn Snow Bunting on passage.
Also at the northwestern end of the valley , the pool (shown full in autumn) is another prime spot - particularly popular with shrikes.
Well-trodden paths link all the areas of Porthgwarra....which is a delightful walking area in its own right . One of the more spectacular paths leaves the main road at the hairpin bend at the top of the descent into the valley (above right) and traverses the area known as the `60 foot Cover` to emerge on the western side of the valley (below right) .Please do not obstruct the narrow road by careless parking - there is plenty of parking in the Cove

Porthgwarra Pool 60ft cover Path

Royston Seawatching

Gwennap Head , Porthgwarra, is one of the top seawatching sites in the UK ; and the spot for the ubiquitous Cory`s Shearwater.
Soft-plumaged Petrel and Black-browed Albatross are two of the more exotic seabird species which have been recorded from Porthgwarra.

More on Porthgwarra Seawatching

Porthgwarra Travel Information
There are three routes from the nearest major town of Penzance , to Porthgwarra.

1. Take the A30 from Penzance towards Lands End. After passing through Sennen (8 miles) bear left onto the B3315 (Porthcurno) road. About 3 miles on, enter Polgigga; past duck pond on left, then turn right (not sharp right) on blind bend onto unclassified road to Porthgwarra (1.5 miles).

2. Take the A30 from Penzance towards Lands End. Turn left at Catchall (3 miles) onto the B3283 for St.Buryan. Pass through St.Buryan and continue on for Porthcurno ; pass the left turn to Treen and The Logan Rock. At the left-hand turn to Porthcurno keep straight on, through Polgigga and take the left hand turn onto the unclassified road to Porthgwarra.

3. From Penzance, head for Newlyn ; in the centre of Newlyn take the B3315 uphill for Paul & Lamorna. Follow the B3315 all the way past Lamorna and onto Sparnon . Here the B 3283 joins the B3315 - turn left and continue towards Porthcurno as in (2). This is the longest but probably the most scenic route.

The unclassified road to Porthgwarra is very narrow in places, but there are plenty of passing points and it is generally good fun !!
The Cliff Path runs from Mousehole right the way round the peninsula to St. Ives and offers superb views of the varied and dramatic coast. More and more people are exploiting this by arranging accommodation along the way and setting sections of the path to walk each day. Mousehole to Porthgwarra would certainly be a full day`s walk for the average person. Check out our accommodation pages for B&B, Self Catering & Local Hotels.
Porthgwarra General Feature

Porthgwarra Shop
Porthgwarra shop Porthgwarra Shop
Run by Mary Chappell , the unique Pothgwarra Shop is ready to revive you with a cup of tea and a Cornish Pasty !
A good selection of beverages , ice cream and snacks ; as well as postcards and souvenirs.........this is your only chance to refuel between Porthcurno and Lands End !!
Open daily - except the very rainiest - from April to October - tel 01736 871998.
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