Cornish beaches: Basset’s Cove

If only the coastal path was all like this – flat and no loose scree!

First time here, though I have stopped often along the North Cliffs as there is a rather pleasant and flat walk giving you marvellous open sea views and the added bonus of wild flowers. I especially like it in late summer for the different shades of heather that bloom along this coastal path.

Now though, in May, it is the time for Sea Pinks / Thrift / Sea Thrift (Armeria maritima) which grows all along these cliffs. Mixed in are the yellow common kidney vetch / woundwort (Anthyllis vulneraria) with its woolly appearance and what is often mistaken for white bluebells, but are really three-cornered leeks that smell and taste like mild spring onions.

Basset’s Cove is opposite to the north entrance into Tehidy Country Park and the last beach before you arrive at Portreath on the north Cornish coast. I say beach, but looking at the precarious, meandering route down to it, which has been barricaded off because of landslips, I imagine the only way onto this strip of rocky/sandy beach is by kayak. Unless you are a seal.

Rain clouds in the north

There is a decent car park though and it must be a lovely spot in the summer for a picnic and to watch the sun set over the Celtic Sea.


  1. I had always read how rugged the Cornish coast is, and now I can see that from your stunning photographs. Wreakers, from Daphne du Maurier’s novels set in Cornwall, make sense. Horrible.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Plenty of shipwrecks around the Cornish coast!

  2. Adding to my yearning feelings.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Are you still restricted in Glasgow?

      1. Yes. Because everywhere else has dropped a level and we have stayed the same we are actually worse off because we can’t travel into a different level. When everywhere was Level 3 we could travel anywhere in Scotland. Now everywhere else is Level 2 we can’t. Should have been away this week 🙁.

        1. Heyjude says:

          I can see going away would be tricky, but going out for the day? How would anyone know where you were from?

        2. Yes, we have no choice with going away. Other things can be more flexible. The cottage company knows where we booked from and are very quick to react to changes in regulations. We have moved to another week – our fourth attempt!

  3. I love the rich colours in the landscape.

  4. Chloris says:

    Fabulous. It seems ages since I did any Cornish cliff walks and for now I shall have to content myself with your lovely photos.

  5. BeckyB says:

    Can almost smell the sea air, what a glorious post

  6. Such beautiful scenery and the names of the places always take me back to the Poldark novels.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Indeed. I always smile when we pass the sign to Warleggan.

  7. Those pinks are gorgeous Jude! It looks such a lovely walk along the cliffs. Hope all is well with you and your family – hopefully you have a bit more freedom now with easing of restrictions 🙂

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