Prussia Cove is a picturesque cove situated on the eastern flank of Cudden Point. It lies roughly midway between St. Michael's Mount at Marazion and Porthleven on the Lizard Peninsula.
Prussia Cove is actually made up of three smaller coves, namely Piskies Cove; Bessy's Cove and King's Cove. The small beaches of pale golden sand and gently dipping rocks offer a vantage point to view as the beach gently shelves seaward.
Prussia Cove is thought to have got its unusual name from the exploits of infamous 18th century smuggler John Carter who lived here. As a boy playing with his brothers Harry, Charles, James and Roger, John would pretend to be Frederick the Great, King of Prussia. It seems in later life John Carter was a 'larger than life' character and his nickname became associated with the cove.
Taking the three coves as one, there is safe bathing here along with good snorkelling and diving at all states of the tide. Anglers fish the rocks around here and there are rock pools for younger members of the family. There is good coast path walks east to Praa Sands or west around Cudden Point towards Perranuthnoe and Marazion.
The Porth-en-Alls private estate is right on the doorstep and offers accommodation, weddings, music and arts courses and even tutored coasteering, kayaking, sketching and painting.
For day visitors that are not staying at Porth-en-Alls, parking is available in a small field about 400 metres from the coves. There are no other facilities unless you are a resident of the estate.
The coves are signposted off the A394 at Rosudgeon.
✔ Flora and Fauna
✔ Sandy beach
✔ Family friendly
✔ Interesting geology
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