Beacon Cove

Beacon Cove, lying to the north of Watergate Bay should only be visited by the agile explorer; a steep path winds its way down the steep cliffs, however if you are after solitude and beauty then this is the place for you.

Ken Langmaid, a Newquay-born resident wrote:
Perhaps the climax of the coast between Newquay and Trevose rather than the more famous Bedruthan Steps. Beacon Cove has several things to commend it to the lover of wild scenery, not least being the virtue of loneliness. The sea at this point has carved out a semi-circular cove with high sheer cliffs except at one place where a steep slope affords a foothold for the agile explorer. One side of the cove is carved in the flank of the Beacon, the other in the steep side of a tiny coombe. Down this coombe flows a little stream which cascades over a cliff into the sea.(hence perhaps the name ‘Watering Place’ given by the Newquay fishermen).

Another even tinier valley joins the main one on the south and the portion of land between this and the cliff is defended by prehistoric ramparts, ie. a Cliff Castle. The whole effect is most diverse and interesting. The valleys and slopes appear as natural gardens, the cliffs haunted by seabirds and the views of the cove itself has a magnetic attraction, especially at low tide when an expanse of sand is revealed.

Nearby there are mysterious mine wokings in the cliffs and quartz crystals glitter in the spoil heaps. At the bottom of the zigzag path, which descends precariously to the beach, there are some layers of slate to be negotiated. Here fossils are to be obtained.

Beacon Cove is not without a story. In the winter of 1846 a ship’s boat drifted ashore here. In the boat were the bodies of ten men, all frozen to death. They are buried in St Mawgan churchyard, the memorial tablet being shaped like a boat’s transom.

You can reach the Beacon Cove from Trevarrian where there is a footpath down the valley.