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Porthpean & Trenarren

Porthpean beach
 Porthpean coastline

Porthpean means “Little Cove” in the Cornish language. In ancient times it was a thriving fishing port, with fish cellars and a malthouse although now it is best known for its safe bathing beach, with shop and toilets. It has an old village square and lovely church, a sailing club, a golf club and a croquet club. Porthpean Outdoor Centre is widely used by Cornish Schools. Above Porthpean is St. Austell Community Hospital and Mount Edgcumbe Hospice. A local farmer has donated a piece of land just outside the Parish boundary for a Children’s Hospice, and building work is now well underway for “Little Harbour” which is scheduled to be opened in 2011.

Trenarren is well known for its splendid coastal footpath via the Black Head, with two tiny beaches and the former home of A.L. Rowse, famous Cornish historian and poet. There is a granite memorial to him along the coastal footpath. Many years ago there was a fishing village along the cliffs and the remains of the harbour can be seen at Ropehaven.