A visit to Prussia Cove


Steps down to explore Prussia Cove - unspoilt cornish cove

Prussia Cove has a still peaceful silence now that hides a shadowy deep history of smuggling days

We made a trip to Prussia Cove today – it wasn’t planned  but we woke up to such a fabulous morning here in West Cornwall.  As i opened the curtains I spotted high thready cloud across Mounts Bay floating in front of Penzance and a silky smooth sea at first light from my kitchen window and knew it would be a special day.

A special day but a busy day too, so it was a nice surprise to find we had a couple of hours to spare and so for once we used the ar and drove the five minutes along the road to explore Prussia Cove instead of walking the coastal footpath to the sea.

Ednovean Farm garden looking to Penzance

I spotted thready clouds across Mounts Bay in front of Penzance this morning at first light.


It was one of those September days too good to be true and it was sad to see our guests leave Cornwall behind this morning after their holidays. Yet somehow it was one of those mornings full of change over’s when everything went according to plan and we had a couple of hours to spare and to do what? A trip to Prussia Cove perhaps?  I must say that Prussia Cove is one of my favourite September pilgrimages I always feel drawn by the still silence of the sandy pebbly alcoves softened by Tamarisk draped cliffs.

Exploring Prussia Cove

Prussia cove was formerly famous as the smuggling haunt of the Carter brothers and now as a venue on the Porth-en- Alls estate for hosting the International spring and autumn musician seminars and it is one of my favourite short hops for Lucy Landrover, who takes just five minutes to chug along the road and across Rosudgeon common from leaving Ednovean Farm

We were lucky to just squeeze into the little car park where the road ends and soon set of along the track to take the steep steps down into the cove and tucked ourselves into a quiet secluded corner to watch a dog retrieving an ever-tossed ball from the waves with the joy that only a dog or maybe a child can find on a beach and just listen to the rhythm of the waves.

I walked over the other shaded side of the cove to explore the discreet slipway that dips into the water before we left. I was intrigued by the tram ruts cut into the soft rocks by long ago smugglers carts and in truth I always find the atmosphere slightly less…………friendly, slightly brooding on  that side in the shadowed silence.

As I snapped my pictures Charles called down to me already climbing up through the Tamarisk and I knew it was time to go but stole one look back to the little beach deserted save for a little child paddling in the shallow waters edge.

Prussia Cove with the Lizard

Goodby to Prussia Cove with The Lizard far across Mounts Bay on the horizon


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About Christine Taylor

Christine has written a weekly blog about life at Ednovean Farm and interesting places to visit in West Cornwall for over ten years now, concentrating on those off the beaten track places that only the locals find. Charles and Christine Taylor have hosted Luxury Bed and Breakfast at Ednovean Farm Nr Penzance in West Cornwall since 1991 and live there with three cats and five horses, including a Spanish Stallion called Danni. Ednovean Farm has been awarded AA five star gold for Bed and breakfast and is included in The Michelin Guide and The Alastair Sawday Guide . The Farmhouse and gardens has been featured in BBC Homes and Antiques, Homes and Gardens. Period Living and 25 Beautiful Homes as well as being used as a film and photo shoot location.

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