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Porthcew beach, Cornwall

Otherwise known as Rinsey Cove, Porthcew lies on the south coast of Cornwall just to the east of Praa Sands. Not really much of a beach. There is NO SWIMMING here. Rinsey is however a favourite with anglers.

Porthcew is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) due to its geology: The roof zone of the Tregonning-Godolphin granite, of Permo-Carboniferous age, is exposed at Porthcew.

On the cliffs above Porthcew lie remains of Cornwall's mining heritage in the shape of Wheal Prosper, (grid reference SW593270) on Rinsey East Cliff. The mine started operating in 1860 possibly as an extension of Wheal Trewavas mine, 800m to the east on Trewavas Cliff (grid reference SW600265). The mine is on the southern end of the Tregonning granite within the Wendron Mining District. By the time Prosper closed in 1866 it had produced mostly tin and a little copper from the Porthcew lode. By the way, the prominent house on Rinsey Head was once the mine's count house (offices).

The area also lies within the Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).


 Seasonal dog ban

 Interesting geology

 No swimming

OS Explorer Map 102: Land's End

OS Explorer Map 102: Land

This map is part of the Ordnance Survey's Explorer series designed to replace the old Pathfinder map series. At 1:25,000 scale this detailed map shows a host of attractions including gardens which are open to the public, nature reserves and country parks as well as all official footpaths, bridleways, roads and lanes. Other facilities covered include: camping and caravan sites, picnic areas and viewpoints, selected places of interest, rights of way information for England and Wales, National Trail and Recreational Path routes, and selected tourist information. The series is aimed mainly at the experienced map user but can be used by tourists and locals alike.

Local area

Local Accommodation


Cottage Holidays

There is a great choice of cottages for rent in the local area. Take a look at the beautiful cottages in Porthleven, Gunwalloe, Hayle and Marazion.

Holiday Parks

Holiday Parks

Stay at a nearby Holiday Park and keep the kids amused all day! Parks in the vicinity include those at:







Plenty of hotels are available locally. Consider those in the local towns:






Caravan Holidays

In the vicinity is a choice of camping and caravan sites offering high quality, affordable holiday accommodation. Consider camps in Penzance, Helston, Camborne and Marazion.

Nearby Attractions




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