Priest or Priest's Cove lies on the north coast of Cornwall near St, Just. It lies just to the south of the mine chimney atop Cape Cornwall. Southwest facing, the cove looks the mile or so across to rocks known as The Brisons, the shape of the rocks said by some to look like French wartime leader General Charles de Gaulle in the bath.
There is a little coarse sand here but the beach is predominantly rocky with rounded boulders and some rock pools at low tide. The small area near the slipway usually has a number of small boats on it.
There are no amenities here but swimming is possible. Parking is available at Cape Cornwall.
Possibly the best way to visit the cove is while walking the coast path between Cape Cornwall and Aire Point. It provides a welcome change from path walking and can be used to cool aching feet or simply as a refreshment stop.
Dogs are permitted on Priests Cove beach all year round.
✔ Dogs permitted
✔ Easily accessible
✔ Interesting geology
✔ Rescue equipment
OS Explorer Map 102: Land's End
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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:
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